According to Duncan Aldred, “The new 2017 GMC Canyon offers an unparalleled efficiency and capability matched with refinement and maneuverability which is the segment’s best and only premium midsize truck.” The GMC Canyon was introduced during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and its release date is expected sometime in early 2017. For 2017, the new model builds on an award-winning formula that has characterized the canyon’s luxurious interior, distinctive styling, and elevated content since it debuted in the automotive industry.
The Canyon is a tough beat especially when it comes to a civilized demeanor and strong engines. Again its diesel engine, rich torque, comfortable ride quality, and tons of available high-tech features make it even more competitive. However, the 2016 model faced sharp criticism due to the gasoline V6’s mediocre fuel economy ratings, and a low hanging front air-dam that puts off-road maneuvering in jeopardy.
For starters, it was good news when reports of the Canyon returning to the market surfaced two years ago. Then, relative to the existing competition, it was spacious, easier to drive, quicker, and its engines were fuel misers. Then last year, the Canyon made an even more alluring offer by offering an optional diesel engine to the existing engine lineup. This year, GMC hopes to continue with the same successful streak by making the 2017 Canyon even more compelling than before. This, it hopes to achieve by offering several refinements, and new features that will enable it face the unforgiving competition with a brave face.
The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali release date is out, and just like previous models, the newest model offers some distinguishing factors: chrome fog lamp bezels, twenty-inch ultra-bright-machine aluminum wheels, a unique chrome grille, a standard spray-in bedliner, a polished exhaust tip, and a five-inch-diameter rectangular chrome assist steps. It will come with up to six exclusive paint colors.
Some standard accessories include remote vehicle starter system, an automatic climate control, and an OnStar 4 G LTE connectivity, GMC IntelliLink with navigation, a heated steering wheel, dual USB ports, and full-color driver information center. Beneath its hood is a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine that provides a fuel economy of 31 mpg for combined city/highway cruising, and a maximum trailering rating of up to 7,700 pounds.
Yet, the GMC Canyon 2017 isn’t the only vehicle that belongs to the midsize truck segment. For those completely sold out on this segment, there’re a couple of other solid choices available including the Nissan Frontier, 2017 Ram 1500, and the perennial leader of this class – the 2017 Toyota Tacoma.
2017 GMC Canyon Release Date & Price
When we come to these crucial details, rumors have it that the price is set at around $43,960 for the base Canyon while the Canyon Denali diesel goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $41,000. Its release date is set for early Jan 2017.
2017 GMC Canyon Exterior
The exterior comes with several visual updates particularly for the Canyon SLT and the Denali. Juxtaposed to the red GMC lettering is the bright mesh grille. LED daytime running lights and HID headlights are also available. Standard features available include chrome accents on the bumpers, side steps, door handles, and mirror caps. Others include sixteen-inch alloy wheels, an EZ lifted taillight, power side mirrors, seventeen-inch wheels (SLE), and a body color rear bumper.
2017 GMC Canyon Interior
Interior wise, we’d vouch for the model under review over the popular Chevy Colorado. Asking why? Well, relative to the Colorado, the Canyon offers better material quality evident on the available eight-inch IntelliLink touchscreen interface, a genuine aluminum surround system, padded door panels, and soft-touch plastics. The controls are intuitive and generally well-placed. Smartphone app integration is available and easy to use, and includes Apple CarPlay compatibility and the voice command system.
Four trims are available: Base, SL, SLE, and the SLT. The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali review is offered elsewhere on this blog.
A 200-hp – generating 2.5L four-cylinder engine is available as the standard mill. Mating to a six-speed automatic is a more powerful engine – the 3.6L V6 – able to churn out 305 horsepower. Finally, a turbocharged 2.8L four-cylinder diesel engine is available for the SLE and SLT and offers an output of 181 hp and 369 pounds-feet of torque. More details will be available on its release date.
Wheelbase: 10 ft. 8.3 in. (128.3 in.)
Length: 17 ft. 8.4 in. (212.4 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.3 in. (74.3 in.)
Passenger volume: 101 ft³
Cargo volume: N/A ft³
Curb weight: 4550-4900 lb
Top Speed: 100 mph
0-60: 10.1 sec
MPG: 31 (combined city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Bronze Alloy Metallic, Cardinal Red, Copper Red Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Emerald Green Metallic, Onyx Black, Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
It may seem too early to speculate about the results of the government crash testing of the latest GMC Canyon. However, a sneak preview of GMC’s own testing reveals that the Canyon is on the path of achieving a perfect score of five out five stars for overall crash protection.