July 2, 2002
GM introduces multi-functional Envoy XUV
Detroit – General Motors’ GMC division has introduced a sport utility for the 2004 model year that features a power-sliding rear roof, a midgate with power glass, an all weather cargo area and a drop or swing tail gate with power glass.
The 2004 GMC Envoy XUV, an exclusive GMC product, is the most adaptable SUV ever offered from GM with unprecedented levels of versatility, functional innovation and state-of-the-art technology. Envoy XUV includes a host of industry-first features:
- Power-sliding rear roof: With a touch of a button, Envoy XUV easily converts the cargo area from fully enclosed to open-air. This never-before-offered transformation allows Envoy XUV to transport large, tall items ranging from armoires and refrigerators to small trees and bikes.
- Next generation Midgate with power glass: Envoy XUV’s advanced Midgate provides additional versatility. The Midgate glass can be raised or lowered with a push of a button. When the window is raised, the passenger compartment is sealed off from the rear cargo area. Lower the glass, fold and tumble the seats, and flip down the Midgate to create a wide, extended cargo area that’s wide enough to fit multiple 4×8 building sheets.
- All-weather cargo area: An innovative QuickDrain system can channel as much as 22 cubic inches of water per second out of the cargo area. This allows the cargo area to be quickly cleaned with a simple garden hose after hauling wet or messy items like mulch or topsoil. Cargo area versatility is further enhanced by four tie-down rings that secure items of various shapes and sizes.
- Drop or swing tailgate with power window: Envoy XUV’s dual-function tailgate provides increased flexibility. The tailgate power window can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button. With the window fully lowered, the tailgate can be dropped for ease-of-loading and unloading. The tailgate can also swing right, allowing bumper access to the cargo area.
Envoy XUV’s reconfiguration features were designed to allow consumers to perform every functional change with ease. With a push of a button, Envoy XUV’s power-sliding roof, tailgate window and Midgate glass opens or closes. The tailgate drops or swings right with one-handed operation for ease of loading and unloading. And, the seats and Midgate can be reconfigured in seconds without tools.
“Our research has proven that a large number of SUV customers want multifunctional, cargo-carrying capability without sacrificing passenger comfort and accommodations, said Craig Bierley, Envoy marketing director. “Envoy XUV is the first and only sport utility vehicle that fills this gap,” he added.
Standard power comes from the all-aluminum Vortec 4200 inline six-cylinder engine that delivers 275 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. For those who require added towing capability, the available all-aluminum Vortec 5300 V8 generates 285 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque.
Envoy XUV makes its public debut in September at the Texas State Fair. Production begins in mid-2003 at GM’s Oklahoma City plant.
For more information on Envoy XUV, consumers can visit www.gmc.com.