The GMC Jimmy is a four-wheel drive SUV that was designed and produced by the GMC division of General Motors. The Jimmy and its so-called twin, which was the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, were released in 1983. Both vehicles belong to the mid-size SUV category. With its robust body and stylish design, the GMC Jimmy produced two generations of first-rate SUVs.
The early years: first generation (1983-1994)
The first batch of GMC Jimmy models were initially called the GMC S-15 Jimmy. The original S-15 was specifically smaller than the full-size K5 Blazer, but they were both available only with a two-door body style. Engine-wise, the GMC Jimmy was originally offered with a 2.0-liter OHV four-cylinder engine. This engine, with its 83 horsepower, was not a good match for Jimmy’s sturdy stance. Good thing there was another engine option, which was the 2.8-liter V6 engine that can deliver a higher 110 horsepower.
Since the state of California has stricter emissions standards, the original 2.0-liter engine of the GMC S-15 Jimmy was replaced with the Isuzu-made 1.9-liter I4 gasoline engine. This and the other diesel engines were ditched and replaced by the 2.5-liter engine after 1985. When 1986 came, the V6 engine received a throttle-body fuel injection.
The first four-door GMC S-15 model was made available in 1990. This version received a wheelbase that is 6.5 inches longer than the original S-15. The four-door GMC S-15 Jimmy was offered in both four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive variants. For the 1992 model year, the “S-15” label was removed from the GMC Jimmy. In the same year, the anti-lock brake feature became standard. The 1994 model, which was the last one for the first generation, received minor interior and exterior modifications.
The makeover and the upscale version: second generation (1995-2001)
A bigger GMC Jimmy was offered for the 1995 model year. The new model’s upgraded appearance captured the interest of many customers because of the curvier outline and a more family-friendly structure. Protective airbags and additional space for storage also came with the new version of GMC Jimmy. During this time, all Jimmy models were only equipped with the 4.3-liter V6 engine.
In 1998, the GMC Jimmy’s dash board panel was ergonomically improved with bigger control buttons and knobs. The size of the door handles increased significantly, and the airbags for the passengers became standard. 1999 came with brand-new foldable side-view mirrors. The millennium gave the GMC Jimmy a fascia makeover through the redesigned front bumpers. The production and distribution of GMC Jimmy ended in 2001 with the release of the GMC Envoy line.
Celebrating the GMC Jimmy legacy
A Diamond Edition GMC Jimmy was released to honor the 30th year anniversary of the Jimmy label. The Jimmy label was first used in the full-size truck released in 1970. The 1970 GMC Jimmy model and its Chevrolet K-5 Blazer counterpart were actually the predecessors of the 1983 models of GMC (S-15) Jimmy and Chevrolet S-10 Blazer. The Diamond version sported an aluminum-made silver plate, which goes around the lower portion of the SUV. It was also equipped with leather seats adorned with diamond patterns and a special diamond logo.