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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada

sleeker, surprisingly sophisticated.

The Motors trio of medium-size vehicles — the Chevrolet the GMC Jimmy and Envoy, and the Oldsmobile soldiered along with strong sales, given dated platform and powertrain, but bolstered by incentives. They’re overdue for an update, and for the 2002 year, they’ll get one.

will they.

First out of the box be the Oldsmobile Bravada in the first of 2001, followed by the GMC Envoy Jimmy is dead) and the Chevrolet (ditto the Blazer). All three a new engine and an all-new platform, no bound by the constraints posed by the chassis the current models (This means, among things, no big annoying hump in the of the front passenger side to the exhaust system.)


There will also be a new Chevrolet and GMC pickup, and that will spawn another different SUV. GM is spending million on its Oklahoma City to tool up for this new small though it is unrelated, mechanically, to the and its two corporate cousins. Their new chassis is shared with no vehicles.

And although the Bravada, the and the Envoy will share a GM is going to considerable pains and to differentiate the three. The Olds is the sophisticated and carlike, and more 70 percent of its body panels are to be — only the windshield, the doors, the roof, and the rear are shared with the Chevrolet and

Overall, the Bravada is 6.6 inches 4.2 inches wider, 5.8 inches and some 350 pounds heavier the current model. The wheelbase has increased from 107.0 to inches. Likewise, interior have increased in most including head, shoulder, and leg room.

With the rear folded down, cargo is increased from the current cubic feet to 83.3.

A roster of equipment comes including leather seating the OnStar communications system, and seat-mounted-side airbags, stereo and controls on the steering wheel, power front seats, outside mirrors, and a stereo with compact disc and players. Wood trim well, it’s a woodlike but it looks real — is liberally front and rear.

The 2002 Bravada will be with all-wheel drive or drive, with the two-wheel-drivers traction control and a locking differential as standard equipment. The system is comparable to the current system and continues to be called Designed primarily for paved its full-time system lacks gearing, but it can shift torque to the that need it.

The 2002 still has a solid rear An independent rear suspension was considered but rejected. The engineers that, by swapping the old model’s leaf springs for a new five-link suspension suspended by air springs, could provide the ruggedness to tow 5800 pounds and still get a smoother ride.

The rear air bladders also load leveling.

The Bravada with P255/60R-17 Michelin Terrain radials mounted on cast aluminum wheels can be had with chrome plating as an There’s also an all-new braking system for the four-wheel brakes.

The biggest news, in the sidebar, is the all-new 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine that GM will pump out more 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. (We want to get into a horsepower war the competition, said one Olds but the consensus is about 260.)

GM execs recognize they’ll a selling job to do to convince customers an in-line six is as good as or better a V-8; you can almost hear a salesman saying, Our Durango has a and the GMs have just an in-line like we used to sell 20 ago. The aluminum 4.2 is quite and smooth-running, and it’s a lot easier to Engineers, for instance, were to locate the small catalytic right up next to the engine, it’s the most effective and out of the

The 4.2 and its four-speed automatic transmission be the only powertrain choice.

The all-wheel-drive Bravada, powered by the 190-hp, 4.3-liter V-6, for about $32,000 base. The will rise for the 2002 but should still be less $35,000, slotting in right with other newcomers as the Acura MDX. It looks on paper and in person.

Soon, we’ll let you know how it in the real world.

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