All-New 2015 GMC Canyon Elevates Midsize Truck Segment
At the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, GMC revealed the 2015 Canyon, an all-new midsize truck that redefines the segment and raises the bar for everything from horsepower and efficiency to quietness and refinement.
When it goes on sale this year, the all-new Canyon will give GMC one of the only three-truck lineups in the industry. It is expected to deliver class-leading capabilities with the brand’s signature refinement – all in an efficiently sized, maneuverable package for customers who want the cargo-hauling and trailering versatility of a truck without the size of a full-size pickup.
Based on a proven global architecture and engineered for the unique demands and driving conditions of North American drivers, the new Canyon is expected to delive the segment’s best horsepower, the segment’s best payload, the segment’s best maximum trailering ratin, and even greater capability with a powerful and efficient Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel engine coming in 2016.
Bold front-end styling distinguishes the Canyon from its corporate cousin the Colorado. Three body configurations are offered: an extended cab model with a 6' bed, a crew cab with a 5' bed and a crew cab with a 6' bed. With the tailgate down, the 6' bed allows 8'-long items to be hauled within the vehicle.
GMC expects Canyon to be the most powerful and efficient truck in the segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more while being efficient. A 193 hp 2.5 l I-4 is standard, and a 302 hp 3.6 l V-6 is available. Both engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. An aluminum block, forged-steel crankshaft, dual-overhead camshafts and jet-spray piston cooling are featured on both engines. The 2.5L incorporates a two-stage variable-displacement oil pump, for greater efficiency, as well as a balance shaft located in the oil pan, for greater refinement.
All models are matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission that complements the truck-tuned engines with features that make hauling and trailering easier and more comfortable, including auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode. A 6-speed manual transmission is also available with the 2.5 l engine in base extended cab/2WD models.
The Canyon will be assembled at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant. GMC will continue to work on and develop the Canyon until the start of production in fall 2014. The content of this release is based on current GM testing and is subject to change.
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