Seeing a Studebaker Wagonaire with a tall refrigerator standing upright in its open-top rear cargo area at the NATMUS museum this weekend reminded me of this Envoy XUV I had shot just the week before. Given that the Wagonaire hardly was a big success, it’s a bit surprising that GM decided to make something similar.
FWIW, the XUV was a bit more practical than the Wagonaire, as its rear compartment could be sealed off from the passenger compartment, and the load area was waterproof. Not so on the Wagonaire.
I didn’t take a shot of the Wagonaire with the fridge in it, but it was like this.
I figured for sure I’d be able to find a shot of an Envoy XUV with a fridge in the back too, but no such luck. About as much luck GMC had in selling these; some 12,000 did find homes in 2004, less than a third of what was projected. Production ended early in MY 2005.