2017 GMC Canyon Denali introduced at LA Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 19, 2015

The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali made its public debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Set to start selling in late 2016, the 2017 Canyon Denali demonstrates how GMC is able to give the Canyon midsize truck the Denali treatment. In case you don’t know, Denali is what GMC refers to as its best expression of its styling, performance, and luxury.

This moniker is a reference to Mount Denali, the topmost peak in the North American region. According to Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, the Canyon is the “first and only” premium midsize truck in its segment that delivers unrivalled capability and fuel economy as well as optimum refinement and handling.

Aldred also said that the 2017 Canyon Denali represents an improvement over the long line of vehicles that have had the Denali nameplate since it was launched almost 17 years ago. Numerous awards have been given to the Denali name because of its unique style, elegant interior, and valuable features.

Similar to other Denali models, the latest Canyon Denali features a distinctive chrome grille and set of wheels. It’s quite hard for people on the road not to notice its 20-inch ultra-bright-machined aluminum wheels with painted accents. Among the highlights on its exterior are chrome fog lamp bezels, 5”-diameter rectangular chrome assist steps, a polished exhaust tip, and a standard spray-in bed liner. Fans will have a grand time choosing from its six exterior colors.

Its interior is Jet Black and is fitted with Mulan leather-appointed seats with perforated, heated-and-ventilated front seats, which are exclusively offered in the Canyon range. It also features a one-of-a-kind instrument panel and console trim. Customers will also probably like that its sill plates and floor mats come with the Denali logo. There’s a long list of standard equipment available for the Canyon Denali. These include advanced technologies such as Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Raising the convenience factor for its driver and occupants are the following standard features: (1) Heated steering wheel; (2) OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot; (3) GMC IntelliLink with Navigation; (4) 8” diagonal color touchscreen and phone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; (5) Remote vehicle starter system; (6) Automatic climate control; (7) Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console and another USB port inside the console; and (8) Full-color driver information center. It is available as a crew cab and it comes in either 2WD or 4WD version.

Among its standard powertrains is a 3.6L V-6 engine that surpasses its rivals’ V-6 units with a maximum trailer capacity of 7,000 pounds or 3,175 kg. Its 2WD models have also been given an EPA rating of 26 mpg on the highway. Diesel fans will be glad to know that it is also offered with the all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel, which has a maximum trailering capacity of as much as 7,700 pounds or 3,493 kg.

With this engine, it boasts an EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg on the highway (2WD). Partly because it features a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, this would be the cleanest diesel truck engine that General Motors has ever built. In fact, it complies with the most stringent emissions laws in the U.S.

This engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission, which uses a one-of-a-kind Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter to lessen powertrain noise and reduce vibration. In addition, its diesel versions are available with smart diesel exhaust braking as well as an integrated trailer brake controller.

Smart diesel exhaust braking works by improving vehicle control and decreasing brake wear by changing how much brake is exerted for the vehicle, depending on its load and grade. There’s a harmonious relationship between the integrated trailer brake controller system and the anti-lock brake system that results to instant and graded brake force using the electronically controlled trailer brake system.

The Canyon has received plenty of recognition for its efficiency and performance as well as its safety equipment and trailering/cargo capacity. It is the 2015 winner of Cars.com Midsize Pickup Challenge and it was named as Autoweek’s “Best of the Best Truck for 2015.” The Canyon also was identified by WardsAuto as among its 10 Best Interiors for this year.

This award was based on the following factors: design harmony, level of comfort, quality of materials, driver information, ergonomics, and safety. The range-topping models have the trademark Denali chrome grille, first-class materials, and the most sophisticated technologies in the fields of safety and infotainment.

A 10-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster is an exclusive feature on the Yukon Denali series while the Magnetic Ride Control is only available on the Sierra Denali. Sales of the highly luxurious Denali models are actually higher than the entire product lineup of some marques such as Porsche, Land Rover, and Jaguar.

Nearly 60% of all the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL models are of the Denali variety. Meanwhile, 45% of the Sierra HD units sold have the Denali badge. Around 25% of all GMC retail sales for this year are made up of Denali vehicles. This nameplate was launched on the 1999 Yukon and since then, the number of units sold that have this nameplate has exceeded 850,000.

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