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The midsize pickup segment shuddered in 2004 when GM released the GMC Canyon, and its counterpart, the Chevrolet Colorado. Designed and introduced to replace the hugely popular S-10 and Sonoma pickup’s of the 1990’s, the new 2017 GMC Canyon competes directly with the likes of the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, and Honda Ridgeline, offering a unique, premium perspective on the segment, incorporating a refined, yet rugged feel into a capable and smooth chassis that’s as comfortable in Coquitlam traffic as it is on the trail.
The Canyon comes equipped with the most powerful four cylinder engine on the market. The 2.5L gasoline engine produces an impressive 200 horsepower, is capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs, and is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic.
The new 3.6L V6 gasoline engine offering comes with Active Fuel Management which shuts down two cylinders, effectively making it a 4-cylinder when cruising at speed to conserve fuel. This new engine was borrowed from the likes of GM cousin, Cadillac, and can be found in the ATS, CTS, CT6 and XT5 crossover. It produces 308 horsepower and 275 lb/ft of torque, allowing it to trailer up to 7,000 pounds with GMC’s available towing packing.
The 2.8L 4-cylinder Duramax diesel engine option is one of the most exciting aspects of the Canyon brand. It’s capable of towing up to 7,700 lbs and elevates the midsize pickup into a new realm of capability that also compliments the mindset of fuel efficiency aficionados in the Lower Mainland and all over North America. But this is no ordinary diesel - the rumbly, bumbling diesel soundtrack has been limited to subtle background noise, while the vibrations have been silenced by new counter-rotating balance shafts and hydraulic engine mounts. The Canyon can boast its “premium” truck moniker because of GMC’s dedication to perfection. The truck comes standard with a power driver's seat, CornerStep rear bumper for ease of use, special Duralife Brake rotors, projector-beam headlights complete with signature LED accents, as well as an AutoTrac transfer case on 4WD models. It also comes equipped for all of modern life’s little luxuries, including 4G WiFi connectivity, a large centre console for ample storage, and up to 4 USB ports and a 12V charging station for various multimedia applications. Inside, you’ll notice GMC’s attention to detail, with inlaid door design, and impressive peace and quiet thanks to liquid applied sound deadener for additional cabin quietness. Add in bluetooth connection, and the available IntelliLink 8-inch touch-screen with GMC’s mobile myGMC app inspire confidence. With impressive fuel efficiency averages, highway confidence, inspiring technology, in-town and off road capability - all available in 5 different trim levels - you’ve found your new truck with the GMC Canyon.