For GMC 2012 was the last year for the Canyon but 2015 GMC Canyon will be an all new model that will enter the midsize pickup truck segment where the competition is pretty strong. Certainly one of the reasons why production stopped is the fact that those trucks were pretty much outdated and had no chance against competition, with new models this is about to change.
GMC intends to begin with a blank slate for its brand-new midsize, even to the point of thinking about a brand-new nameplate. GM officials state the Canyon was just around for one generation– although a long one, almost a years– and that its name does not hold much equity in the U.S. More importantly, GM wants to position the brand-new model as even more of a workhorse truck, in contrast to the “way of life” and “sport” develops it has prepared for the Chevy model.
Early images of a Canyon prototype reveal a midsize body bigger than the previous generation. With a large bisected grille and thick, chunky describes, the new model appears under its camouflage wrap like a compressed version of the redesigned Sierra full-size pickup.
2015 GMC Canyon Release Date
That’s not a bad thing, especially if the Canyon ends up holding power similar to that of the bigger truck, specifically a brand-new 4.3-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. A GM executive has already said that the huge and small trucks won’t share powertrains, however. That leaves the most likely candidates as the 3.6-liter V6 found in the Terrain, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder from the Chevy Malibu, or perhaps a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for a model focused mainly on fuel economy. A diesel shouldn’t be ruled out eventually, either.
Whatever the engine and transmission options, the 2015 GMC Canyon will have to provide towing ability anywhere from 3,500 to 6,500 pounds (for V6 models) to compete with the Frontier and Tacoma. A four-wheel-drive choice is likewise a must, and the Canyon will need to do much better than the 25 mpg motorway of its predecessor.
Interior upgrades should not be too challenging; even incremental gains in products quality would mark a huge improvement over the last model. We expect the Canyon to offer cabin quality on par with Chevy’s Cruze compact sedan, along with the most recent GMC IntelliLink infotainment interface and smartphone integration, two elements that would give it an edge over the Frontier’s relatively plain interior.
The 2015 GMC Canyon begins production next year and should arrive by fall. By then, a redesigned Toyota Tacoma should be imminent, and a new Frontier not far behind. The only various other real option in this team is the Honda Ridgeline, although it deals with an uncertain future and its carlike frame does not have the strength that most truck buyers want. Check back for a full review of the new Canyon, including specifications, buying and driving impressions advice as it becomes available.