GMC first marketed trucks under the Jimmy name in 1970. A nameplate initially attached to a full-sized sport utility vehicle, Jimmy would be known as compact sport utility starting in 1983 as GMC‘s equivalent to the Chevrolet Blazer. Sharing the same ladder frame as the small S-15 pickup truck, the Jimmy was first offered only as a two-door. The four-door option for the GMC Jimmy debuted in 1991 to contend with the Jeep Cherokee and Ford Explorer.
Completely redesigned for 1995, the GMC Jimmy gained sleeker body panels. Available as a two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive in 1998, the GMC jimmy arrived with power from a 4.3-liter V-6 engine. Generating 190 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, the Jimmy’s powerplant was matched with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Standard features found on the 1998 Jimmy included four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system, 15-inch wheels, air conditioning, engine immobilizer and dual front air bags. While the GMC Jimmy was built for a family market, a luxury version of the sport utility vehicle was introduced in 1998 as the Envoy. In 2000, a Diamond Edition model commemorated the 30th anniversary of the GMC Jimmy.
Offered only in a four-door body style, the 2000 GMC Jimmy Diamond Edition featured special badging, diamond-stitched leather seating and unique aluminum plates along the bottom of the side doors. In the United States market, the GMC Jimmy was dropped from the line-up following the 2001 model year and was replaced by the 2002 Envoy.