Just yesterday, we passed on the news of the Chevrolet Colorado’s new powertrain and mentioned that the Canyon will likely get the same treatment. Today, GMC has made this official—along with a few other changes that are exclusive to it.
First, the powertrain. Like its Chevy twin, the Canyon will gain a new 3.6-liter V-6 option that produces 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Like its sibling, these are increases of 3 horsepower and 6 pound-feet of torque. Also debuting is a new eight-speed auto transmission that not only helps with initial launch while hauling but also reduces engine speeds and highway speeds for increased fuel economy.
Exclusive to the 2017 GMC Canyon are two new special versions of this pickup. First up is the Denali version, which includes all of the bits that we’ve come to expect from the Denali name, like 20-inch ultra-bright wheels with painted accents, tubular chrome side steps, a polished exhaust tip, and a bed liner.
The Denali’s interior will come in Jet Black with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, Denali-logo doorsill plates and floor mats, a heated steering wheel, GMC IntelliLink with navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen, 4G Wi-Fi, auto climate control, a full-color driver information center, remote start, a Bose seven-speaker sound system, and two USB charging ports. Two safety features—forward collision alert and lane-departure warning—are also standard on the Denali version.
The other special model is the All Terrain X and it takes the Canyon’s SLE trim level with either the 3.6-liter or the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel and makes it even more off-road capable.
The All Terrain X includes 255/65R17 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires on unique 17-inch aluminum wheels, an off-road suspension system, a transfer case shield, a body-color grille surround and rear step bumper, an exclusive interior with red stitching and heated seats, Hill Descent Control, 3-inch step bars, a spray-on bed liner, remote start, a sliding rear window, and auto climate control.
Other changes for the 2017 Canyon include a new IntelliLink audio system with a 7-inch color touchscreen, standard Teen Driver Mode, an available heated steering wheel, and three new colors (Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic, and Red Quartz Metallic.
GMC expects to have the 2017 Canyon in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2016. More details will come later.