Reports about the comeback of this familiar nameplate have been circulating around for a pretty long time. After years of rumors and speculations, it looks like something is really going to happen in the near future. The reason why we believe in such a thing is that the company has trademarked this nameplate once again. Obviously, they wouldn’t do this for anything. It’s still early to talk about more precise details but we believe we are able to guess some of the most general things about the 2021 GMC Envoy design.
Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is that this probably won’t be a genuine BoF SUV once again. This time, we would see something that is more common for today’s market, a typical unibody crossover. Also, we expect that this will be a pretty big vehicle in terms of dimensions, but also a vehicle that will use more efficient engines than before. We presume that the new model could arrive already in the next year.
2021 GMC Envoy Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, the first thing we’ve already mentioned in the platform. While the previous generations of this nameplate were characterized by a traditional body-on-frame layout, the new 2021 GMC Envoy will rather come in a modern, unibody design. This means we are actually talking about a crossover, which leads us to a familiar C1 platform. This architecture already underprints several GM models, including the new Acadia. The new Envoy would probably be bigger than Acadia, pretty much a full-size crossover. We expect it will share the size and most of the mechanics with Chevy Traverse, which rides on a stretched version of this platform.
With more than 120 inches between the axles, we can say this would be a full-size crossover, which will be able to accommodate adults in all three rows, but we will get on this aspect in a minute.
Of course, another thing that comes to mind is the styling. In this aspect, we have no doubt that the new model will stick pretty closely to the brand’s latest design language. In practice, this means a bold and quite rugged look, heavily inspired by a new Sierra. After all, the Acadia also comes with such an approach, so there is no reason why 2021 GMC Envoy wouldn’t stick to the same philosophy.
Just like every GMC model, this one will also come in a hi-end Denali version. This range-topping trim level isn’t just characterized by a full load of standard equipment, but also by various exclusive aesthetical details, both outside and on the inside. In terms of exterior, we count on an exclusive grille, wheels and similar things.
When it comes to interior design, the first thing that comes to mind is interior space. Considering that we are talking about a vehicle that measures more than 120 inches in wheelbase, there is no doubt that the 2021 GMC Envoy will be pretty generous in terms of passenger room and cargo space. We presume that the numbers will be pretty similar to Chevy Traverse, which offers around 41 inches of legroom in the first row, around 38.5 inches in the second and 33 inches in the third row. When it comes to the cargo space, we count on about 20 cubic feet behind the third, 60 cubic feet behind the second and nearly 100 cubic feet behind the third row.
When it comes to the dashboard design, we presume that things won’t be much different compared to Acadia. This means that you may count on an attractive dash that is made of quality materials, which doesn’t feel inferior compared to other models in the class.
2021 GMC Envoy Engines
Under the hood, we presume that the 2021 GMC Envoy will rely on two familiar engines, which are typical for all models that ride on this platform. First of all, this includes a well-known 3.6-liter V6, which puts out around 310 horsepower. Those who are looking for something more efficient may count on a 2.0-liter turbo-four with around 250 horsepower. Both engines will come in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to front wheels in base models. Of course, AWD versions will be available as well.
When it comes to fuel economy, we expect that the V6 will be able to return around 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Of course, the turbo-four should feature higher mpg ratings.
2021 GMC Envoy Release Date and Price
Although the 2021 GMC Envoy still waits for the official confirmation, some sources suggest this model could arrive already in the next year. We presume that base versions would go somewhere around 35.000 dollars, roughly.