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2015 GMC Canyon Debuts

The day before the 2014 NAIAS, GM pulls the covers off the all-new Canyon at a pre-show party, Detroit-style

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GM certainly knows how to throw a party. The first of my three-day adventure with the General in Motor City kicked off at Russell Industrial Center to unveil the 2015 GMC Canyon pickup. If the name doesn’t give it away, the Detroit locale was sort of an industrial wasteland turned chic party location. Where the blood, sweat, and tears of minimum wage factory workers once soaked the floor, journalistic lushes with bad haircuts spilled their cocktails and wine. Where treacherous machinery once stood, food stations served hot plates of delectable treats. It was a fitting introduction for what GM North America president Mark Reuss, called a “premium crossover meets a heavy-duty truck.”

Indeed the 2015 GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup truck for those that love hamburgers, but with Angus beef and sautéed mushrooms on a brioche bun. Forget the clunky, noisy mid-size trucks with flimsy frames of yesteryear. Reuss says the Canyon will be the “quietest mid-size truck” on the market, and boasts an all-new chassis, which is a scaled down version of the full-size truck line (aka Sierra). While you are at it, forget the anemic and underwhelming powertrain options. Like its Chevrolet equivalent, the Canyon comes with either a 193hp 2.5L 4-cylinder, 302hp 3.6L V-6, or a Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel (for 2016). This means the Canyon is capable of trailering 6,700 pounds, with a payload of 1,450 pounds, which are the best in the segment. And at the same time, these powertrains will make trips to the gas pump as infrequent as the market demands.

“Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Canyon will offer all the capability with confidence – and GMC’s signature refinement that complements active lifestyles,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “It also delivers the technology customers want with more standard features.”

This technology includes available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in WiFi hotspot; collision and lane departure alert; rear-vision camera; RemoteLink Key Fob Services to use all of the features of a key fob on a smartphone (lock/unlock, flash the lights and honk horn, remote start); eight-inch diagonal color touch screen with multiple USB inputs; Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone users; Teen Drive feature (through IntelliLink) to set a speed limiter and warning; GMC AppShop; and navigation.

The interior is not only flush with technology, but with a careful attention to detail that makes it one of the most comfortable of its kind. Refinement starts with the sculpted headliner and door panels to ease ingress and egress, smartly designed storage, and halo lighting on key controls. Triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body help keep the cabin quiet.

The rugged exterior style is offered in extended cab with a six-foot bed, crew cab with a five-foot bed, and a crew cab with a six-foot bed. Base, SLE, and SLT trim levels with 2WD or 4WD also highlight the major variations, and an All-Terrain package is available on SLE models – complete with 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, body color grille surround, and heavy-duty suspension. Some interesting exterior features include active aero grille shutters that enhance the aerodynamics by closing at highway speed, CornerStep rear bumper design, EZ Lift-and-Lower locking tailgate, 13 reconfigurable and 4 stationary tie-down brackets, and a variety of wheels from 16 to 18-inches.

For a full list of specs, check out the chart below and stand by for more updates from the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

Models: Canyon base, SLE and SLT, 2WD and 4WD
Body stylesextended and crew cab
Manufacturing location: Wentzville, Mo.
Key competitors: Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier
Type:2.5L DOHC I-43.6L V-6 VVT DI
Displacement (cu in / cc):150 / 2457217 / 3564
Block material: cast aluminum aluminum
Cylinder head material:cast aluminumcast aluminum
Valvetrain:DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery:high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle controlhigh-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
Compression ratio:11.3:111.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):193 / 146 @ 6400(est.)302 / 224 @ 6950 (est.)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):184 / 253@ 4400 (est.)270 / 366 @ 4000 (est.)
Recommended fuel:regular unleadedregular unleaded
Type:six-speed manualsix-speed automatic
Availability:avail. with 2.5L (base extended cab/2WD)avail. with 2.5L on base extended cab/2WD, std. on all other models
Final drive ratio:TBD2.92
Tow/Haul Mode: No Yes (V-6 only)
Auto Grade Braking:NoYes
Chassis / Suspension / Brakes
Front suspension: 2WD and 4WD: independent coil-over-shock; twin-tube shocks
Rear suspension:solid axle with semi-elliptic two-stage multi-leaf springs; twin-tube shocks
Locking axle:G80 automatic-locking axle std. on All Terrain, avail. on SLE and SLT
Wheel sizes:16 x 7-in., 17 x 8-in and 18 x 8.5-in.
Tire sizes:265/70R16, 255/65R17 and 265/60R18
Steering type:electrically-assisted power rack-and-pinion steering with variable assist
Stability control:standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control includinghill start assist
Brakes:power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife™ long-life brake rotors; standard ABS; hill descent control available
 Extended Cab (6’2” box)Crew Cab (5’2” box)Crew Cab (6’2” box)
Wheelbase (in / mm):128.3 / 3258128.3 / 3258140.5 / 3568
Length ( in / mm):212.4 / 5395212.4 / 5395224.6 / 5705
Height (in / mm):78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)
Width (in / mm):74.3 / 188674.3 / 188674.3 / 1886
Front track (in / mm)61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
Rear track (in / mm):61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
Front headroom
(in /mm):40 / 101640 / 101640 / 1016
Rear headroom
(in / mm):36.7 / 93238.3 / 97338.3 / 973
Front legroom (in / mm):41.7 / 105941.7 / 105941.7 / 1059
Rear legroom (in / mm):28.6 / 72635.8 / 90935.8 / 909
Front hip room (in / mm):55 / 139755 / 139755 / 1397
Rear hip room (in / mm):52.2 / 132653.3 / 135453.3 / 1354
 Extended Cab
(6’2” box)Crew Cab (5’2” box)Crew Cab (6’2” box)
Base curb weight
(lb / kg):3944 / 1789
(2WD w/ 2.5L)4037 / 1831
(2WD w/ 2.5L)4266 / 1935
(2WD w/ 3.6L)
Max. GVWR (lb / kg):5600 / 2540 6000 / 27216000 / 2721
Max. payload (lb / kg):1450 / 6571400 / 6351400 / 635
Max. towing (lb / kg): 6700 / 30396700 / 30396700 / 3039


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