Known as an exclusive car manufacturer for almost a century, the Oldsmobile entered the sports utility market in 1991 with the introduction of a new four-door SUV called Bravada. The first Bravada was powered by a 4.3-liter V6 engine rated 160-horsepower, paired with a 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. Features included four-wheel antilock brakes as standard feature, leather upholstery, and power features.
In its second year, the Bravada hosted the new High Performance 4.3-liter V6 that can produce up to 200 horsepower. The 1993 Bravada was given a 4-speed automatic transmission gains electronic shift controls as standard. A Gold package was also offered in the same year. It provides gold-and-black alloy wheels and gold-tinted nameplates. On the next year, the Bravada was improved and offered a Special Edition Bravada.
The second generation Bravada came in 1996 after a year out from the market. The new Bravada became bolder and sleeker with a resemblance that of the Chevrolet and the GMC. From the headlights, fenders, bumpers, interior, dashboard, and even the grille, almost every corner of the Bravada was new. The generation run up to 2001.
Set to face the Mercury Mountaineer, Infiniti QX4 and Nissan Pathfinder head on, the Bravada came with another surprise in 2002. Now in its 10th year of production, the Bravada was backed with a 4.2-liter, all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder that was rated at 270 horsepower, that truly had a promise to blew away the competition. Aside from that, the Bravada is supported by the GM's excellence in truck manufacturing making it very competitive in the market. The new Bravada received some styling that was partly adapted to from the Aurora sedan. Its wheelbase is 6 inches longer than the previews Bravada together with its track width that has also increased its distance.
Luxury is another great feature on this new Bravada. It includes leather upholstery and GM's OnStar communication system. Standard equipment features a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, automatic programmable power locks, pulse-type wipers, CD and cassette players, remote keyless entry and a theft-deterrent system. A backseat entertainment system with a DVD player is can be arranged, and a TravelNote recorder and rain-sensing wipers are some optional add-ons. But on the same year, due to staggered sales, the General Motors announced that the oldest auto manufacturing in America will end its production. The Bravada became the last model to be made by Oldsmobile.