2016 GMC Canyon diesel gets 31 mpg highway rating from EPA

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2015

GMC reveals that its two-wheel drive 2016 GMC Canyon diesel has been rated by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency with a 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with a 25 mpg combined. The four-wheel drive version meanwhile obtained a 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway rating with a 23 mpg combined.

Aside from these fuel economy ratings, the Canyon has also been given a “Certificate of Conformity” by the EPA. What this means is that after the testing and evaluation of the Canyon’s emission control system, the EPA states that there were no concerns or any issues found. Duncan Aldred, who is the vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, shares that the Canyon was made for customers who prefer smart-sized premium pickups that is not only highly efficient by quiet and capable too.

With the addition of the Duramax diesel engine, this allows customers to have additional options for their vehicles. This is what it means to have the company’s professional grade ethos, concludes Aldred. The fuel economy of the Canyon is the best for its segment and offers not just amazing mileage but high trailering ratings.

The Canyon is in fact better compared to most of the 2015 Ram 1500 V-6 models and even the 5.7L V-8 models. It is even better than the 2105 Ford F-150 with its V-6 engine and even the 2015 Nissan Titan S with V-8 5.6L engine. In addition to being better than those in its class, the efficiency of the Canyon’s diesel engine with its 21-gallon tank allows it to reach up to 651 miles.

The new Duramax 2.8L turbo-diesel engine is capable of giving the Canyon a maximum 181 horsepower, which is about 135 kW. It also gives the engine peak torque of 369 lb.-ft., or an estimated 500 Nm. This combination allows high trailering ratings with the two-wheel drive capable of 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) and the four-wheel drive at 7,600 pounds (3,447 kg).

These ratings make unrivalled than its competitors. Aside from being B20-capable, the Duramax has managed to meet even the strictest of U.S. emission standards and even achieved a certification of having the cleanest standards. With its variable-geometry turbocharger, power to the engine in optimized while it also enhances the efficiency on the rpm band.

Putting in a balanced sheet improves the smoothness even further. The fully experience the performance offered by the engine, it is paired with the six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L50 automatic transmission. Since it also has a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber, the torque converted allows for the reduction of the vibration and even the noise in the powertrain.

Another feature of the Canyon is the diesel exhaust brake which helps in the reduction of the brake wear. It does this by slowing the vehicle through engine compression and thereby lowering the amount of brake needed especially when going downhill. The second important and new feature is the integrated trailer brake controller.

Working in partnership with the car’s anti-lock brake system, brake force is not merely measured but almost immediately applied. As such there is no more need for the aftermarket trailer brake controller. As a way to entice customers even further, the four-wheel drive model has a two-speed transfer case that can be controlled electronically.

It goes without saying that it has the standard four-wheel disc brakes, Duralife™ brake rotors, and a 3.42 rear axle ratio. The Canyon is expected to go on sale starting this fall. It will come in two models, the SLE Crew Cab and SLT Crew Cab. It is priced at $3,730 which is more than comparable to the V-6 models. The diesel model though will need to have the trailering package. The package includes a seven-pin connector, hitch receiver, and the automatic locking rear differential.

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