GMC has filed a new patent that might just be the precursor to a brand new crossover.
Earlier this year, GM revealed the Chevrolet Blazer as the first of their revived nameplates to take advantage of the boom in crossover and SUV sales. What we saw in Atlanta last June was a modern mid-size crossover SUV with enough technology to impress, enough room to fit a family of five, and enough horsepower to get up to highway speeds without needing to strain your foot too badly.
But there are more GM brands than just Chevrolet, and GM plans to flush out their SUV lineup under every name they own.
Last spring we were introduced the Buick Enspire concept, another high-tech mid-size SUV with some impressive curves, and now it seems that GMC is going to get in on the mid-size action with a new crossover of their own.
Those among us with an elephant’s memory will remember the Envoy as a completely boring people-mover built between 1997 and 2008. It was based on the same platform that underpinned the Chevy Blazer of that era, but also the Oldsmobile Bravada and Buick Rainier.
Since two of those SUVs aren’t coming back, we can expect the new Envoy to be based on the 2019 Chevy Blazer with a reasonable degree of certainty. That means a C1 platform that’s also shared with the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia.
We can likely expect the reborn Envoy to also share powertrains with the Blazer, that being a 2.5-L inline 4-cylinder with 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.6-L V6 with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Those power numbers might not be exact as the same engines have minor variations depending on the vehicle it finds itself in.
GM also recently filed a trademark on the Enspire, which is likely to be the same as the Blazer and Envoy but under the Buick logo instead.