The 2015 GMC Canyon made its debut today ahead of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, showing a bolder, more chiseled look. As you may know already, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is sporty and sleek, but the 2015 GMC Canyon actually looks like a smaller GMC Sierra full-sized pickup, but only by design of course.
According to General Motors, the new vehicle was designed in order to attract buyers of full-sized pickups from other brands. GM North America President Mark Reuss said that GM wants to “steal people from big pickup trucks in other brands with the GMC”. Built on GM’s global mid-sized truck platform, which made its debut in 2011 with the Chevrolet Colorado in Thailand.
Still, thanks to some extensive work made by GM engineers to ready the body-on-frame, the GMC Canyon is 40 percent lighter than the truck sold overseas. In terms of design, the 2015 GMC Canyon features a more premium look than the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and it comes with standard C-shaped LED daytime running lights and the well-known body-colored front grille with the signature horizontal chrome bars.
2015 Canyon borrowed some nice features that were introduced on the redesigned 2014 GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Silverado, such as corner steps on each bumper and a torsion bar that allows a gently opening rear tailgate. Inside, we find an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack that features an improved IntelliLink infotainment system with voice recognition.
Moreover, the IntelliLink comes with a new feature called Teen Driver, which allows parents to limit the speed and radio volume. Canyon’s customer-focused technologies include available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and expected segment-first available driver alert features such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning and a standard rear-vision camera.
Under the hood, GM offers as standard a 2.5-liter I-4 engine rated at 193 hp (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm). As an option, there is a 3.6-liter rated at 302 hp (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (266 Nm). Canyon is offered in base, SLE and SLT models, in 2WD and 4WD models, and with an aggressively styled All-Terrain package offered on SLE models.
The capability of the GMC Canyon can’t be questioned, as it is expected to lead its segment in terms of payload and trailering. Just like the Sierra, the new Canyon is underpinned by a fully boxed perimeter frame, allowing this truck to become strong enough and be as capable as it is smooth and quiet.
GMC has designed the new Canyon to be supported by a coil-over-type suspension on the front. This suspension system comes with aluminum knuckles that aren’t just light but are also strong, which means that it boasts of a high level of efficiency and responsiveness.
Interestingly, the 2015 Canyon is the first in the segment to employ electric power steering, thereby making the pickup truck more efficient. With a tight turning radius of just 41 feet (12.6 meters), the Canyon is easy to maneuver when moving into or out of tight places.
Stopping power is provided for, as standard, by four-wheel disc brakes with four-piston front calipers as well as Duralife brake rotors that offer a long service life, thereby lowering ownership costs.
The new GMC Canyon could be specified with an automatic locking rear differential (G80 option code) that was introduced by General Motors over 40 years ago. This differential -- standard with the All-Terrain package and available with SLE and SLT trims -- provides the needed traction as needed while delivering the right amount of comfort.
Interestingly, the Canyon features the AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive system that makes use of an electronically controlled transfer case that allows for a shift from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive. Four modes are available: 2WD, Auto, 4WD HI, or 4WD Lo. Auto mode will have the transfer case operate in 2WD, but it could automatically apply traction to the front wheels when the Canyon seems to be slipping, thereby turning the pickup into a 4WD.