The GMC Sonoma was released in 1982 as an effect of the 1973 Arab oil embargo. During that time, it was named GMC S-15 as it was actually a twin to the Chevrolet S-10. Since its release, it has proven to be good player in the market as pickup trucks were a crowd favorite then. The GMC Sonoma is a model known to be one of the most versatile, affordable, and fuel efficient of all the pickup trucks of its generation. It has earned dollars for GM until 2004 when it had to pave the way for new pickup models such as the GMC Canyon.
1982-1988: Launched as an extraordinary truck
The first seven years of the GMC Sonoma (then GMC S-15) saw a lot of features that are a leap ahead of the competing pickup trucks during the time. It boasted of an engine that can reach 150 hp. It also featured a hydraulic clutch system which made it a good choice as an off-road vehicle. In addition, at this early stage, serpentine belts already drive the vehicle, making the engine run smoother together with the other truck functions.
1989-1993: Evolution into GMC Sonoma
In 1992, the GMC S-15 was finally renamed into GMC Sonoma. This change in name was surrounded by many notable upgrades in the model. Anti-lock brakes were integrated into the rear wheels for increased driver control and safer handling. It also featured a five-speed manual transmission for fuel economy. There had also been changes in the interior features such as redesigns in front bucket seats and manual lumbar adjusters. All these major updates seem to have paved the way for the GMC Sonoma transformation.
1994-1997: A truck of action
The first four years of the GMC Sonoma second generation were all about making the truck an ideal off-road automobile. It became 10 inches longer and featured side door guard beams, giving it a brawny appearance. It also had a Highrider Package Option which includes a 4-inch wider track, three-inch height increase, off-road suspension and tires, thick skid plates, and wheel flares above all.
1998-2004: A safe exit
The upgrades in the last seven years of its existence in the market were mostly of security devices. Included in these upgrades are disc brakes for all the wheels, the Passlock theft deterrent system, front passenger airbags, and content theft alarm. Even the simplest security device--the mirror--had been upgraded wherein the rearview mirror size was increased and power mirrors had heating features. Before the discontinuation of its production, GMC released a crew cab version in 2001, proving that the GMC Sonoma is a pickup truck for everyone.