A redesigned Bravada SUV with more room and a new inline-six-cylinder engine is due early next spring as a 2002 model, so the current model is a carryover until then. The major change for 2001 is that the OnStar communication system is a new factory-installed option instead of a dealer-installed feature.
Bravada is built from the same design as the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy, which also will be redesigned for 2002. Oldsmobiles model will go on sale first. Bravada is positioned as an upscale SUV with more standard features and fewer options than its siblings.
The similar Chevy Blazer and GMC Jimmy come in two- and four-door styling, but the Bravada comes only as a four-door. At the rear is a liftgate with a rear window that opens separately.
Bravada holds five people with two front buckets and a three-place rear bench that folds to create 74 cubic feet of cargo space. A rubberized cargo tray that fits into the rear of the cargo area is a new option. It has several partitions to prevent cargo from sliding around.
Under the Hood
Bravada uses the same 190-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6 engine and four-speed automatic transmission as its cousins at Chevy and GMC, but Oldsmobile does not offer choices in drive systems. Bravada comes with SmartTrack, an all-wheel-drive system that engages automatically as needed for traction.