All-new GMC Canyon arrives this fall.
After a four-year absence, General Motors is back in the smaller pickup truck segment. Beginning in September, two new mid-size pickup truck lines will hit the market as the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2015 GMC Canyon resume battling with the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier for customers.
2015 GMC Canyon
Last week, GM announced pricing for the two truck lines, setting the base price for the Chevrolet at $20,995 and at $21,880 for the GMC. Prices include the customary dealer freight charges.
Standard equipment for the two models include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder direct injection engine rated at 200 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 191 foot-pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm. That engine is paired with a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Available in two- and four-wheel drive, both trucks also offer an optional 3.6-liter V-6 direct injection engine making 305 horsepower at 6,950 rpm and 269 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm.
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“The all-new Canyon provides a one-two punch that customers tell us they’ve been waiting for,” said Canyon Marketing Manager Kenn Bakowski. “Now they can get a premium vehicle in terms of styling, features and technology, with all the inherent capabilities and maneuverability of a mid-size pickup.”
Market Battle Likely
At present, Toyota sells twice as many mid-size trucks as Nissan, but both will see their marketshare erode as the new trucks arrive. With the Canyon and Colorado packed with a number of big truck amenities, some poaching from the full-size GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado seems likely too.
Beyond the standard or base trim level, the 2015 GMC Canyon will offer other packages including an SLE —a two-wheel drive extended cab priced from $27,520. Upgrades with the SLE package include an eight-inch diagonal screen, 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, an easy lift and lower tail gate, aluminum interior trim and a soft touch instrument panel.
At the very top of the line is a four-wheel drive Canyon SLT crew cab with a short box. This model is powered by the larger engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and starts at $37,875. Standard equipment includes remote start, leather seating, automatic climate control, 18-inch polished cast-aluminum wheels and an automatic locking rear differential.
All GMC Canyons come equipped with the brand’s signature LED lighting and a rear vision camera. Available options include a Bose seven-speaker audio system, an infotainment package, and accessories for carrying bikes, kayaks and other sporting equipment. Expect a significant aftermarket industry to supply custom parts as well.
Cabs, Boxes and Wheelbases
Buyers that choose the extended cab will get a 6-foot, 2-inch box. Crew cab shoppers will have their choice of the standard box or a smaller one measuring 5 feet and 2 inches. The standard wheelbase measures 128.3 inches, extended to 140.5 inches in the crew cab with the longer bed. Thus, the overall length stretches from 212.4 inches to 224.6 inches with the larger model. The Canyon also measures 74.3 inches wide by 78.7 or 78.9 inches tall.
Weight numbers come in around two tons. Payload ranges from 1,400 to 1,450 pounds; maximum towing is 6,700 pounds when properly equipped. GM claims the best horsepower, payload and trailering in the segment.
Upcoming Turbo-diesel Engine
Fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to the Canyon’s release date. For pickup truck shoppers looking for a diesel option, a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four cylinder engine will arrive in 2016. Already sold elsewhere, the new engine is rated at 180 horsepower and 346 foot-pounds of torque. By then, Nissan may offer a Cummins-supplied diesel in its Frontier, giving pickup truck shoppers another reason to consider the segment.
Photos courtesy of General Motors Company.