Since the 1960s, GMC has been a depended-upon brand for providing large commercial vans. Replacing the Vandura that underwent only mild styling revisions from 1971 to 1996, the 1997 GMC Savana gained a brand-new look and a stronger truck frame. In the form of a cargo van, the GMC Savana has presented high-grade work utility for many professions. Offered in G1500, G2500 and G3500 levels, the 1998 GMC Savana Cargo Van came with a 135-inch regular wheelbase or a 155-inch extended wheelbase model.
Holding up to 316.8 cubic-feet of cargo volume, the 1998 GMC Savana Cargo Van could be loaded using a side-sliding door or hinged passenger side loading doors. Additionally, the GMC Safari Cargo Van has offered commercial entities various window options that could potentially appear as a complete panel van. Five engine choices were available for the Savana Cargo Van for 1998. Base power with the G1500 version of the Savana Cargo Van came from a 200-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6 while a 5.0-liter V-8 and 5.7-liter V-8 engine.
On the one-ton rated G3500 model, a 290-horsepower 7.4-liter V-8 and a 6.5-liter turbocharged diesel generating 385 pound-feet of torque. In 2003, the GMC Savana line received a minor styling rework and enhanced features. Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system, a left-hand side cargo access door and available all-wheel drive was introduced on the 2003 Savana. Enhancements were also made to the gasoline Vortec engines. There would be no diesel powerplant option available on the full-sized cargo van from 2003 to 2007. For 2008, the GMC Savana added the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V-8 that produced 250 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. In the 2010 model year, the 2500 and 3500 levels of the Savana van received a six-speed automatic transmission. A Crew Cargo Van was added to the GMC Savana line for 2014.