If I were an automaker and had a midsized truck in my lineup, I’d be shaking in my shoes right about now. Recently GM announced they will be expanding the GMC Canyon lineup to be even more of what we want from this truck market by capitalizing on an already impressive year over year sales increase. The Canyon is going to be expanded to offer a new Canyon Denali, which keeps with the tradition of GMC making nearly every one of its brutes a luxury ride, and there will also be a new off road All Terrain X model offered. Not to mention, there is also a new engine being featured as well.
Before we even get to these new items, the Canyon has been built with a few new features for 2017. These include a new IntelliLink radio with a seven-inch color touchscreen, a standard Teen Driver mode, an optional heated steering wheel, and new exterior colors which ad Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic and Red Quartz Metallic to the color palette. These upgrades would have been enough to impress us, but GMC isn’t about just a few changes, they went all out and brought us some great new items in the Canyon menu that might even catch the eye of Sierra shoppers.
The new engine that will be offered across the Canyon lineup is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This may not sound sexy to start with, but the use of continuously variable valve timing; direct injection and Active Fuel Management make it possible for this engine to balance power and efficiency. This engine is rated at 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque and is only second in towing capacity to the diesel engine by offering a full 7,000 pounds of towing for you to enjoy bringing along everything you need.
The Off Roader
The new GMC Canyon All Terrain X model will give you a midsized truck that can handle any trails you want to carve into the wilderness. This truck brings you all terrain tires, all weather floor liners, an off road suspension, a body colored grill and rear step bumper, hill descent control, 17-inch aluminum wheels, three-inch round step bars, a spray in bedliner, remote starting and automatic climate controls. This new version of the Canyon can be had with the new engine or with the 2.8-liter Duramax turbocharged diesel engine to give you everything you want.
The Luxury Player
It’s almost a surprise that GMC waited this long to add the Denali trim to the Canyon, but thankfully they have. This new looks brings in the chrome grill we know and love along with 20-inch wheels, chrome tube steps, a spray on bedliner, a heated steering wheel, the GMC IntellilLink Navigation system, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, automatic climate controls, a full color driver information center, remote starting, a Bose premium seven-speaker audio system, more USB charging ports than ever before and the benefit of Forward Collision Alerts and Lane Departure Warnings.
There’s no denying the benefits you’ll find when you take a look at what the GMC Canyon has to offer you now. This midsized truck is built to make a statement and now adds the models to the lineup that can give you the luxury ride you want with all the features you’re looking for or the rough and rugged ability to tackle the wilderness and have the perfect way to get the job done. Is this the right truck for you; only you can answer that question, but with the way the Canyon has been expanded, it’s certainly harder than ever to say “no.”