Arkansas Shop Builds the Modern Jimmy GMC We Wish We Had
It’s almost an understatement to say that off-road SUVs are all the rage these days. And it’s not just jeep wrangler it’s a hot product either. The demand for all-terrain vehicles is so high that Subaru added the Wilderness trim to several of its models, Ford was able to justify bring back the Broncoand even the old Toyota 4Runner constantly sells the sticker above. But has GMC brought the Jimmy back to capture its own piece of this segment? No, he hasn’t.
Like this Custom GMC Jimmy from the Flat Out Autos shows, it really should be, because that stuff is cool. We saw it first on Autoblog and were immediately annoyed. It’s the kind of awesome off-road SUV that GMC dealers should have on their lots right now, but for some reason it takes a custom shop to make it a reality.
It’s no snub at Flat Out Autos, either. Their website is lacking in detail, but from the abundance of photos they have of their concept, it’s clearly well done. For now, it appears to be a one-off build they plan to show at SEMA, but we’d like to believe that after the show, Flat Out will start taking orders for at least a limited number of Jimmys. Hopefully lots of Jimmys.
The amount of work required to build each one probably means it will take a lot of money to put one in your driveway, but come on. It’s a new Jimmy with a removable hardtop. How many other people will you meet driving one of these?
It’s also a great reminder that Chevrolet really missed the mark with the new Blazer. Maybe if it sold like crazy, maybe Chevy could say “I told you so” for the skeptics. But while Jeep sold 147,000 Wranglers and Toyota even managed to sell 93,000 4Runners this year, Chevrolet only moved 50,000 Blazers. That’s not even enough sales to beat the Ford Edge. I guess it’s still better than the Honda Pilot?
It looks like GM decided to leave so many sales on the table by bringing the Blazer back as a mainstream crossover. Maybe that couldn’t have made the removable hardtop work on a truck-based Blazer or Jimmy, but it could have at least given us something more desirable than the Blazer we have right now. Or saved the name of a future off-roader by calling the Blazer the CamaroCross or something. I do not know. I’m not in marketing.
This seems like a major missed opportunity on GM’s part, which leaves stores like Flat Out earning all that sweet Jimmy cash.