Detroit motor show, having unveiled the Chevrolet Colorado sister truck at the Los Angeles motor show late last year.
midsize truck market is small in the USA. Players like the Ford Ranger
departed years ago, leaving only the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota
Tacoma. GM’s two new trucks double number of pickups doing battle in
this limited segment in the States.
The powertrain options on the
GMC mirror the Colorado. The base Canyon features a petrol 2.5-litre
inline-4 with 193bhp and 184lb ft of torque. It’s hitched to a six-speed
manual (rear-wheel drive only) or an optional six-speed automatic.
3.6-litre V6 bumps power to 302bhp and 270lb ft of torque. It’s only
available with the automatic. Next year, a 2.8-litre inline-four
turbodiesel joins the engine lineup. The available four-wheel drive
system lacks a centre differential (it’s a part-time system) but does
offer an ‘AutoTrac’ mode that will automatically engage the front axle
when rear-wheel slip is detected.
Like the Colorado, the Canyon is
available in three configurations. The base truck features an extended
cab setup with a six-foot bed. The crew cab (a proper four-door setup)
offers either a five-foot or six-foot bed. GMC notes that with the
tailgate down, the Canyon can haul an eight-foot load. All three setups
can tow up to 2039kg and the curb weight of the trucks ranges from 1789
The GMC features bolder styling compared to the
Colorado. Traditionally, GMC models have been a small step up the ladder
compared to the sister vehicles at Chevy. As a result, GMC also tends
to demand a slightly higher price. The grille on the Canyon is
aggressive and GMC highlights the truck’s projector headlights and
C-shaped LED daytime running lights. An All-Terrain package is optional
on the mid-level SLE model, adding 17-inch off-road tires, unique
suspension tuning, and more aggressive exterior styling.
standard features include a power driver’s seat, stability control, and a
rear camera. Options include heated leather seats, 4G LTE connectivity
with a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an eight-inch touchscreen navigation system.
the market in the States isn’t huge for smaller trucks, there are
certain regions where they are popular. The competition from both Toyota
and Nissan are dated, leaving an opportunity for GM. Still, full-size
trucks aren’t very expensive in the USA, so pricing will be key for both
the Canyon and Colorado. Production begins this autumn in Wentzville,
Missouri and GM will release pricing closer to that time.
Thanks to: Autocar