Short Takes: 1999 GMC Sonoma SLS Flare Side (Start Up, Engine, Tour)
The GMC Sonoma compact pickup is similar in design to the Chevrolet S-10 and differs from it only in the design of the grille. Sonoma production began in 1991, in 1994, the second generation was put into production, and in 1997, restyling was carried out. The model was assembled at the plant in Lindon (New Jersey) and in Canada. The premiere of the last modification - Sonoma ZR5 was held in 2003.
Sonoma was produced on the GMT400 platform and belonged to the 1st class of carrying capacity, with a gross weight of up to 2.72 tons. The gamma of modifications is very extensive: rear-wheel drive versions are available with single short or long cabs (rear and all-wheel drive) with a one-and-a-half cabin Extended Cab Short Box and all-wheel drive with a double cabin Crew Cab. In total, taking into account the type of cab, transmission, engine size and gearbox, 16 Sonoma varieties were proposed. The volume of the body with the Regular Cab is 1.1 m3 (the dimensions of the cargo platform are 1849/1394/434 mm), with the Crew Cab is 0.84 m3, and the load capacity is from 505 to 539 kg. Number of seats in the cabin is from 3 to 5, depending on the modification.
Due to insignificant demand in recent years, only the four-wheel drive version of the Crew Cab with a comfortable five-seater double cabin and a platform with a load capacity of 504 kg, shortened to 1.4 m, was produced before being discontinued. The dimensions of this modification are 5215/1725/1610 mm with a base of 3122 mm and a track 1453/1400 mm, while the dimensions of the rear-wheel drive version of the Regular Cab Short Box were 4841/1725/1575 mm, the base is 2751 mm, and the track is 1382/1387 mm.
The interior of the first Sonoma copied the previously-removed GMC Jimmi SUV, but the plastic and seat trim were more utilitarian. As an option, a plastic cover was offered for the body, turning the pickup into something like a sedan.
The package of basic equipment of the latest versions is very wide: power steering, air conditioning, airbags for the driver and passenger, ABS, anti-theft system, combined with a central lock, as well as a roof rack of the cab and handrails on the sides of the body. There was also a sports version of the ZR5 with body-colored bumpers, corresponding stickers and wide-profile alloy wheels of wheels, with a electric mesh and cab sills protected by a special chrome strip.
The base 2.189 l 4-cylinder 8-valve Vortec 2200 engine, installed longitudinally, produces 123 hp. (190 Nm) completed rear-wheel drive versions, and 4,293-liter V6 12V Vortec 4300 with 183 hp. (332 Nm) was an option for them. The last engine for all-wheel drive versions could be 192-strong (339 Nm). The average gas mileage of a 2.189-liter engine is 13 liters per 100 km, 14.4 liters in the urban cycle, and 10.9 liters on the highway. For the 4,293-liter versions, these figures are respectively 15.1 / 17.0 / 12.5 liters.
The engines of 4.293 liters were aggregated with 4-speed automatic rifles, and 2.189-liter with 5MKPP. All-wheel drive Sonoma was equipped with a part-time transmission without a center differential, with a differential lock on the rear axle.
Independent front suspension with coil springs and a stabilizer, and in the rear dependent torsion bar suspension used leaf springs.
Front disc brakes, rear drum; Sonoma ZR5 - all disk. Standard tire size for all modifications is 205 / 75R15.
In 2005, GMC Sonoma was finally discontinued. It was replaced by the mid-sized GMC Canyon pickup.