Although things were going smoothly and GM received over 40,000 orders for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups, it appears that the company will have to delay the big moment of delivery due to an airbag defect. According to the company, a safety recall to fix an airbag defect stopped the deliveries just two weeks after they began.
In a letter sent to dealers, General Motors said that there are problems with the driver’s side airbag connections that were wired incorrectly during the manufacturing process. In the next few days, GM will instruct dealers to reprogram the airbag’s sensing and diagnostic module with new software and once they did this, the deliveries can resume.
The company declined to give any details regarding how many pickups were affected but according to GM spokesman Alan Adler, 49 vehicles are already in customer possession. Still, the vehicles are safe to drive but for those who want their pickup fix and don’t want to wait, GM will offer free loaner vehicles.
For those who don’t know, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has a starting price of $20,995, including the $895 destination charge. Still, if you want more, the 2015 Colorado LT crew cab with 2WD and a 5-foot box starts at $27,985. The 2015 Colorado Z71 crew cab 4x4 with 5-foot box is even more expensive and starts at $34,990.
Meanwhile, the 2015 Canyon has a starting price of $21,880 including the $925 destination charge. The 2015 Canyon SLE with 2WD and extended cab is priced from $27,520 while the Canyon SLT crew cab short box model with 4WD starts at $37,875.
Both models are available with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder direct injected engine that produces 193 hp and 253 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.
This engine was rated by EPA at 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined. As an option, the pickups are offered with a bigger 3.6-liter V6 petrol engine with 302 hp (224 kW) and 366 Nm (270 lb-ft) of torque.
The new 2015 Canyon is a true GMC inside out, as it features an assertive exterior inspired by the technology-infused aesthetic of the 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD models, as well as a refined cabin that makes use of premium materials.
On its boldly styled front end, the new GMC Canyon is marked by projector beam headlamps – the only vehicle in its segment to offer this technology as standard. Likewise, the front end features GMC's signature LED daytime running lamps. The new Canyon could be availed in three body configurations: a 5’2” bed; a crew cab with a 6’2” bed; and an extended cab model with a 6’2” bed. When the tailgate is down, the longer bed allows users to haul eight-foot-long items.
Just like the 2014 GMC Sierra, 2015 Canyon has triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides to greater aerodynamic performance and a quiet interior. The new Canyon is also the first vehicle in its segment to feature active aero grille shutters that could close at certain highway speeds to improve aerodynamics, and ultimately, its efficiency.
The new GMC Canyon is provided with an all-new aluminum hood that helps reduce its overall mass while improving its front-to-rear weight balance.