After a brief delay in production of mid-sized pickup trucks, General Motors introduces all new model 2015 GMC Canyon at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. This model is strongly inspired by GMC Sierra, which had massive front fascia with large “3 bar-grill” design and LED trimmed headlights.
It’s noticeable that it hasn’t gone far from basic Chevrolet Colorado truck, except for some esthetic details in terms of design. GMC Canyon is more luxury oriented pickup truck than its predecessors and this will be noticed by buyers that will certainly appreciate it.
Canyon comes in extended cab, crew cab and double cab configurations with base SLE and SLT trims. SLE trim brings more all-terrain oriented configuration of vehicle, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, all-terrain tires, and a body-color grille, while SLT is more road oriented. Some of unique features of this model are EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate with an internal torsion, a CornerStep rear bumper design and a 13 reconfigurable and 4 stationary load tie-downs in the bed.
Review Of GMC Canyon
The new Canyon’s cabin should prove as very nice and comfortable place to sit and drive. Quality materials are equally good as anything in luxury Chevrolet car for example. Cabin is also equipped with an eight-inch color touch screen, USB inputs, Wi-Fi 4G LTE cellular connectivity and latest GMC IntelliLink infotainment system with gesture recognition and “natural” voice recognition. In terms of safety it has optional features like forward-collision alert, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control make it quite good choice on the market.
Under the hood, GMC Canyon comes with the base 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder, or a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The four cylinder engine is for basic use pickup, and it’s rated at 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 is rated at 302 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of output, it brings 6700 pounds tow rating. Both engines are using direct injection, variable valve timing, aluminum blocks, forged-steel crankshafts, and jet-spray piston. It’s been confirmed that 2.8 four-cylinder diesel Duramax engine will be arriving later in the year, while specifications of this engine are not yet announced.
We do expect that the diesel unit could offer more than 200 hp and most likely it will be in range of about 220 to 250 hp. One of the things that will certainly surprise many is the torque that it will offer, more than 500 NM is expected and it would allow pretty great performances and decent tow rating.
A six-speed manual transmission will be available with four cylinder engine, while both, four and V-6, will be offered with six-speed automatic with auto grade braking. The V-6’s automatic also offers tow/haul mode to further improve performances and fuel economy in this segment. Driveline offers both 2WD and 4WD variants, in either extended cab or crew cab styles.
2015 GMC Canyon Price And Release Date
Production will start in the fall of 2014 at General Motors’ Wentzville, Missouri plant. The 2015 GMC Canyon should be available for purchase this fall, while pricing has not been officially announced but we could guess by looking at the offer from few of its potential competitors. To stay competitive we do expect to see base price slightly lower than $20,000.