Here are partial pictures of two different GMCs that were caught undergoing testing in mid-1987. Both were popular models already on sale at the time. Neither had been refreshed since their introduction so auto journalists predicted the observed enhancements would be implemented on both for the 1989 model year.
Curiously, the visual changes that these test vehicles were sporting never made it to production. Instead, both soldiered on with little changed for several more years. What vehicles do you think they are?
Continue reading to see if your identification skills are accurate.
After roughly two decades on the market, most people know what a Chevrolet Astro van looks like; hence, those same people would know what a GMC Safari looks like. The van’s first series, from 1985, had a leaned-back look with rear-slanting front grill and square headlights.
As the spy photo shows, the changes that appeared to be in store for the Safari included flush headlights, a redisigned grill with horizontal openings, and what looks like a different front bumper covering, while retaining its overall appearance.
Further, Safari’s eventual refresh didn’t occur until the 1995 model year and that look remained unchanged until the two-decade old, rear-wheel-drive van was phased out after 2005.