At the preview of the 2004 Envoy XUV, I drove the mid-sized truck to a nursery an hour from Milford, Michigan, loaded it up with six 50 pound bags of topsoil and delivered it to a grateful group of volunteers from Habitat for Humanity building a home. When I returned to the General Motor's test grounds, I hosed down the weather-resistant rear cargo area to check out the QuickDrain system that channels 35 gallons of water per minute out of the cargo area. The cargo area also has four tie-down rings, which can be moved to any of 12 different locations, and four fixed rings on the roof, allowing for maximum flexibility in hauling all types of cargo.
This new truck is functional, comfortable, pleasant to drive even with the cargo area open, and offers plenty of power.
But, what separates the XUV from its competitors is a shopping list of cool technology including:
Power-sliding rear roof: With a touch of a button, Envoy XUV converts the cargo area from fully enclosed to open air. When the rear roof is fully retracted, a 32-inch x 32-inch opening allows Envoy XUV to carry large or tall items upright. This innovation complements the optional power-operated sunroof up front. The result is a convertible truck!
Next-generation Midgate with power glass: Along with its power-sliding rear roof, Envoy XUV's Midgate can be raised or lowered with 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, and an extended cargo bed appears that offers a total of 95.2 cubic feet of cargo space. With its dual-function tailgate, which allows two-tier loading in the cargo area, Envoy XUV is also the perfect vehicle for transporting wide cargo, such as multiple 4-foot x 8-foot sheets of plywood.
Drop or swing tailgate with power window: The tailgate power window can be raised or lowered with a button. With the window fully lowered, the tailgate can be dropped for ease of loading and unloading or swing right, allowing bumper access to the cargo area.