GMC is currently working on the expansion of the current lineup and one of the names that have been in reports in the last couple of years is the 2021 GMC Envoy. According to these reports, the familiar nameplate could come back. These days, things seem more serious than before, as it’s been official that GM has trademarked this nameplate again. However, does this means we are about to see the same design approach as before, it’s hard to tell at this point.
From what we know from our insiders, it looks like the new 2021 GMC Envoy won’t be as conventional as the previous model. To remind you, the previous model was characterized by a traditional body-on-frame layout, but that’s probably going to change. Also, we expect that the new model will be bigger than its predecessor and that it will feature smaller and more efficient engines. Still, keep in mind that this is still a rumor and that the company is still quiet in this manner. So, take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
2021 GMC Envoy Redesign
The possible comeback of this nameplate brings several interesting questions and one of the first that come to mind is the base layout. Older generations know very well that the previous version was a typical BoF SUV but given today’s trends in the automotive industry, that most likely won’t be the case with the new model.
Most likely, the new model will be a modern, unibody crossover, which will ride on GM’s familiar C1 platform, which already undeprints several crossovers from Chevrolet, GMC and Buick. The list includes the Acadia as well, which features typical mid-size crossover dimensions.
That leads us to the next question and that would be the size. Considering that compact and mid-size slots are already taken, we presume that the new 2021 GMC Envoy would be a full-size crossover. This means it would ride on a long-wheelbase version of this architecture, just like Chevy Traverse.
When it comes to the exterior design, the first thing that comes to mind is the size and we are pretty sure this will be a full-size crossover. This means it will probably share proportions with Chevy Traverse, which measures more than 120 inches in wheelbase. That promises plenty of space on the inside.
In terms of the styling, we have no doubt that the new 2021 GMC Envoy would stick to the brand’s latest design language. Given the Acadia’s recent facelift, this means you may count on a pretty boxy and rugged design approach, with the front end that takes a lot of inspiration from the new Sierra. The rest of the body would feature a typical SUV body, though the long wheelbase would make it also look a little bit like a wagon.
Once again, the first thing that comes to mind is the size. Simply, such proportions guarantee plenty of space on the inside. Therefore, we presume that the 2021 GMC Envoy’s strong point will be the amount of the passenger room. If we look at the Traverse, there are more than 41 inches of legroom in the first row, while the second row offers a pretty comfortable 38.5 inches of legroom. Finally, the third row is also adult-friendly with its 33 inches. Besides plenty of fo passenger space, we also count on a generous cargo area. The total volume should get pretty close to 100 cubic feet.
When it comes to the interior layout and dashboard design, we expect that most of the things will be borrowed from the smaller Acadia. Of course, a couple of exclusive details are expected, but the overall design should be very similar to the mid-size crossover.
2021 GMC Envoy Engines
Things under the hood are probably easiest to predict. Given the platform, we have no doubt that GM will rely on smaller and more efficient units in this case. This leads us to the small 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 250 horsepower. This should be the base engine for the new crossover. On the other side, higher trim levels should come with a well-known 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 310 horsepower.
2021 GMC Envoy Release Date and Price
The comeback of the 2021 GMC Envoy is still just a rumor, but some sources suggest the new model could arrive already in the next year, even though the company is still quiet on this matter. We presume that the base price would go around 35.000 dollars, roughly.