For 2005, the Canada-only GMC Jimmy is being offered only in a two-door model; along its sibling Chevrolet Blazer, the Jimmy is being retired at the end of the year in favour of the new Chevrolet Equinox. That’s a bit of a stretch, considering that the Jimmy/Blazer is rear-wheel-drive, while the Equinox is front-wheel-drive.

The sole engine is a 4.3-litre inline six-cylinder, mated to a four-speed automatic. The Jimmy comes base with a four-speed automatic that can be optioned to a five-speed manual, which is the opposite of the Chevrolet Blazer. A Highrider Off-Road Performance package is available, including P265/75R15 On-Off Road tires, gas pressurized shock absorbers, strengthened drivetrain components, 3.73 rear axle ratio, 33 mm front stabilizer bar, underbody skid plates, two tow hooks and fender flares.

All models are four-wheel-drive; a part-time, two-speed transfer case can be optioned to the Autotrac automatic four-wheel-drive.

The Base SLS features air conditioning, roof rack, 15-inch aluminum wheels, variable intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, trailer wiring harness, floor mats, 50/50 folding rear seat, CD player with six speakers, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.

The SLS adds power heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, cruise control, power locks with keyless entry, and leather-wrapped tilt wheel.

The Jimmy and Blazer are being discontinued due to lacklustre sales, and part of that had to be ascribed to the competition: the Jeep TJ and Liberty, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape all offer a level of finesse that the GM offerings don’t. But dealers eager to move the final year’s inventory off the lot will probably offer cut-rate deals that the competition can’t hope to match.

The Blazer is built in Linden, New Jersey.

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