GMC Plans New Luxury SUV and Wrangler Competitor
Aldred is a newer face at GMC, having come from his chairman and managing director role at Vauxhall Motors and CEO position of Opel Ireland in February. In an interview with Edmunds, he said the goal is to strengthen the brand in an effort to increase sales. “We are looking at everything," Aldred said. "What segments will grow? What segments will not? We are evaluating all possibilities that could really turbocharge the brand and the growth."
More specifically, Aldred says the automaker is currently exploring the possibilities of adding a flagship halo vehicle above the Yukon Denali, something that would be even more on par with the Cadillac Escalade. GMC is also considering its own subcompact crossover roughly the size of the Buick Encore.
What’s most interesting is Aldred’s admitting there’s room for an “active all-road, Wrangler-esque type of vehicle” in the lineup.
While there is no way of knowing what GMC’s early brainstorming ideas are, it’s hard to ignore the possibility of a new GMC Jimmy, the two-door SUV modeled after the Chevrolet Blazer. Those early Jimmy and Blazers were built off full-size truck platforms and featured removable hard tops over the second row seats and cargo area. Big V-8s and four-wheel-drive help made the boxy SUVs an icon of the 1970s and 80s.
Note: GMC Yukon Denali SUV pictured here.
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Why it matters
Adding these vehicles to the GMC lineup would surely help the brand step out of Chevrolet’s shadow, especially if these vehicles were unique to GMC and not badge-engineered. With the Jimmy, GMC has two directions it could go. Taking ideas from the older full-size Jimmies of the 1970s and 80s and build it off of the Sierra platform, or of the latter 1990s and 2000s Jimmies that shared a platform with the midsize Chevy S-10 and GMC Sonoma pickups. GMC does have its new Canyon truck it could turn into a Wrangler fighter with a removable hard top, two rows of seating, and utility dripping off every nut and bolt. C’mon GMC, build it!