The new midsize truck adopts a similar face to the 2015 GMC Sierra and offers the segment’s most powerful engine (the optional 302hp 3.6-liter V6 unit), best payload (at least 1,450 lbs/657kg) and best maximum trailering rating (at least 6,700 lbs/3,039 kg).
The 2015 GMC Canyon will come equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 193 horsepower and 184 lb-ft (253 Nm) of torque, with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6-liter engine is estimated at 302 horsepower and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of torque. Beginning with the 2016 model year, the Canyon will also be available with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel.
A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, with GMC offering an optional six-speed manual with the 2.5-liter engine in base extended cab/2WD models.
Available with three body configurations (extended cab with a 6-ft/1.82m bed, crew cab with 5-ft/1.5m bed and crew cab with 6-ft/1.82m bed) the 2015 GMC Canyon also offers the choice of four-wheel drive. There are three trim levels, base, SLE and SLT, with an optional All-Terrain package offered on SLE models. The package includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels covered by all-terrain tires, a body-color grille surround with horizontal chrome bars and specific suspension tuning.
The close relationship with the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is more obvious when looking at the interior, which is roughly the same as its sibling’s. The All-Terrain package features exclusive color and trim details, including embossed seatbacks and unique contrast stitching.
GMC will begin producing the Canyon in fall 2014 at GM’s Wentzville, Missouri assembly plant.
By Dan Mihalascu