After a brief absence, General Motors is re-getting into the midsize pickup segment with the 2015 GMC Canyon and its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado. GM just lately ended its midsize pickup manufacturing with the final Canyon and Colorado models, ceding the field to the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier (Ford ended U.S. production of its Ranger midsize pickup in 2011). Even before their end, nonetheless, the Canyon and Colorado had been saddled with inefficient powertrains and subpar interiors and never seriously contested the Tacoma’s supremacy in the segment.
With the redesigned full-measurement Sierra’s success, GMC has timing on its facet for the Canyon launch. The midsize pickup should benefit from the Sierra’s spotlight with out being perceived as a junior model. To this point we have solely seen camo-wrapped take a look at mules, but what we are able to discern of a bisected grille and thick, chunky outlines makes us suppose the Canyon will more closely resemble the workhorse Sierra, more so than the sportier Colorado that has already been proven to the public.
GM has pledged substantive variations between the 2 trucks, however trim levels must be roughly equivalent. Expect the Canyon to be available as an prolonged cab with a 6-foot mattress, or as a crew cab in 5- and 6-foot mattress lengths. Base, SLT and off-highway-oriented Z71 trims ought to be supplied, all obtainable with four-wheel drive. The base engine shall be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making an estimated 193 horsepower and 184 pound-toes of torque. That should be sufficient for light duties around town and off-highway, however for larger payloads and bigger toys, an out there 3.6-liter V6 is estimated to make 302 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Each engines will include a six-velocity automatic transmission. A 2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder could arrive for the 2016 model year.
A properly outfitted Canyon needs to be rated for towing up to 6,seven hundred kilos, which is more than the current Tacoma. A lightweight aluminum hood and active grille shutters that close at freeway speeds — tips that may be borrowed from the Colorado — should help the Canyon achieve higher mileage than its predecessor’s 25 mpg on the highway.
Judging from the Colorado’s upgrades in inside high quality, comfort and comfort, the brand new Canyon’s cabin must be a vastly nicer place to sit and drive. Materials high quality seems as good as anything in the Cruze compact sedan, and if GMC wants to differentiate its truck from the Colorado, an intensive serving to of huge touchscreen show, premium audio, Intellink smartphone-built-in services and safety features like blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control would do the job.
It’s nonetheless unpredictable the amount of this upcoming 2015 GMC Canyon will definitely set you back. We designed will probably be similar to the worth of the previous model. It will likely be a large opponents to Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma when it comes out in the roads.
The 2015 GMC Canyon should start manufacturing in early 2014 and 2015 GMC Canyon Release Date that fall. By then, a redesigned Toyota Tacoma ought to be imminent, and a brand new Frontier not far behind. The only other real different in this group is the Honda Ridgeline, though it faces an uncertain future and its carlike frame lacks the durability that almost all truck consumers want. Verify again for a full evaluation of the new Canyon, together with specs, driving impressions and buying recommendation because it becomes available.