2015 GMC Canyon

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The 2015 GMC Canyon is expected to be unveiled on January 12th at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and GMC has just released the first teaser image of the upcoming midsize pickup. As expected, the image reveals nearly nothing, but we do expect the new Canyon to be highly influenced by the 2015 Colorado we saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show .

Earlier this year, GM president Mark Reuss said "GMC will be more about conquest. The Chevy will be about value," which leads us to believe that there will be some significant differences between the Colorado and Canyon, unlike the nearly identical duo we saw in the last generation.

When it comes to the Canyon’s design language, it should borrow some design cues from the 2014 GMC Sierra . Under its hood, it will offer the same engines we saw in the Colorado, including a 2.5-liter in-line four and a 3.6-liter V-6. A 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine could also arrive in 2016.

Updated 01/13/2014: The 2015 GMC Canyon made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, so we’ve added all the official details, images and specs.

Updated 04/29/2014: GMC unveiled a new video in which it explains how the rear can be adjusted to accommodate a child’s car seat.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 GMC Canyon.


GMC Canyon
GMC Canyon
GMC Canyon

The 2015 Canyon will be offered with the same exterior features introduced in models like GMC Sierra: standard projector beam headlamps and GMC’s signature C-shaped LED daytime running lamps on all models. In order to keep the weight as low as possible, the hood is made from aluminum.

Customers will have to choose between lots of versions: SLE and SLT models, 2WD and 4WD trims and three body configurations: extended cab model with a six-foot bed, a crew cab with a five-foot bed and a crew cab with a six-foot bed.

As standard feature GMC is also offering an All-Terrain package that includes: 17-inch painted aluminum wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, a body-color grille surround with horizontal chrome bars and specific suspension tuning.

2015 GMC Canyon - Exterior Dimensions:

Extended Cab (6’2” box) Crew Cab (5’2” box) Crew Cab (6’2” box)
Wheelbase (in / mm):128.3 / 3258128.3 / 3258140.5 / 3568
Length ( in / mm):212.4 / 5395212.4 / 5395224.6 / 5705
Height (in / mm):78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)
78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)
78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)
Width (in / mm):74.3 / 188674.3 / 188674.3 / 1886
Front track (in / mm)61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
Rear track (in / mm):61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)


GMC Canyon
GMC Canyon
GMC Canyon

While the exterior was specially designed to be suitable for every kind of terrain, the interior is comfortable, heavily equipped and well connected. The instrument panel features large instruments, a central driver information center and a center console-mounted shifter.

The car was designed to offer the driver the best driving experience, with easy-access key controls, lots of cup holders and an open area at the front of the center console for easier phone charging.

GMC is also offering a Teen Driver feature that will allow the parents to control the
car when teenagers are driving. This feature allows parents to set a radio volume limit, establish a speed warning set between 40 and 70 mph, and set a speed limiter.

2015 GMC Canyon - Interior Dimensions:

Front headroom (in /mm):40 / 101640 / 101640 / 1016
Rear headroom (in / mm):36.7 / 93238.3 / 97338.3 / 973
Front legroom (in / mm):41.7 / 105941.7 / 105941.7 / 1059
Rear legroom (in / mm):28.6 / 72635.8 / 90935.8 / 909
Front hip room (in / mm):55 / 139755 / 139755 / 1397
Rear hip room (in / mm):52.2 / 132653.3 / 135453.3 / 1354


GMC Canyon

The 2015 Canyon will be offered with a standard 2.5 liter inline-four cylinder engine and an available 3.6 liter V-6 that allows it to be the most powerful truck in the segment. The four-cylinder engine delivers a total of 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, while the V-6 engine delivers a total of 302 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

All versions will be offered with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, while the four-cylinder engine in base extended cab/2WD models will also get an optional six-speed manual transmission.

Engine Type:2.5L DOHC I-43.6L V-6 VVT DI
Displacement (cu in / cc):150 / 2457217 / 3564
Block material:cast aluminumaluminum
Cylinder head material:cast aluminumcast aluminum
Valvetrain:DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timingDOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery:high-pressure direct injection and electronic throtle controlhigh-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
Compression ratio:11.3:111.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):193 / 146 @ 6400 (est.)302 / 224 @ 6950 (est.)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):184 / 253 @ 4400 (est.)270 / 366 @ 4000 (est.)
Recommended fuel:regular unleadedregular unleaded

Suspension and Brakes

GMC Canyon

The 2015 Canyon will be offered with a standard coil-over-type front suspension with aluminum knuckles that ensures a more responsive, immediate feel to driver inputs and improved engine efficiency.

Depending on the model, customers can choose between 16-, 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels combined with four-wheel disc brakes, with four-piston front calipers.

As a first for the segment, Canyon is also offering an AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive that allows the driver to shift from 2WD to 4WD.

Front suspension:2WD and 4WD: independent coil-over-shock; twin-tube shocks
Rear suspension:solid axle with semi-elliptic two-stage multi-leaf springs; twin-tube shocks
Locking axle:G80 automatic-locking axle std. on All Terrain, avail. on SLE and SLT
Wheel sizes:16 x 7-in., 17 x 8-in and 18 x 8.5-in.
Tire sizes:265/70R16, 255/65R17 and 265/60R18
Steering type:electrically-assisted power rack-and-pinion steering with variable assist
Stability control:standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control including hill start assist
Brakes:power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife™ long-life brake rotors; standard ABS; hill descent control available


Model Price
Canyon 2 Wheel Drive$27,650
Canyon SLE 2 Wheel Drive$30,980
Canyon SLT 2 Wheel Drive$34,345
Canyon SLE 4 Wheel Drive$35,235
Canyon SLT 4 Wheel Drive$38,175


Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier

The current-generation Nissan Frontier has been on the market since 2004, so a new generation should be just around the corner. Until that happens, customers will have to stick with the current one that received a mild facelift in 2009.

The model is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.5-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower and a 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 261 horsepower.

Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Tacoma is definitely not the best truck on the market, but it surely is one of the trucks that will fit the needs of anyone that would consider the Canyon. The best part is that it is priced from $17,875.

Tacoma has the advantage of offering three engines, starting with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower. From there is moves into a 4.0 liter, V-6 engine with 236 horsepower and a 4.0-liter supercharged V-6 with an 296 horsepower.


The 2015 GMC Canyon brings a series of new features in the segment that will make it a leader of the market, or at least this is what GMC hopes. To be honest with you, if Toyota Toyota and Nissan won’t do something about their models the new Canyon has all the chances to steal all their customers.

  • Two engines to choose from, both automatic and manual transmissions
  • Looks very cool both on the interior and exterior
  • Brings lots of cool features

Press Release

GMC revealed the 2015 Canyon today, an all-new midsize truck that redefines the segment and raises the bar for everything from horsepower and efficiency to quietness and refinement.

GMC Canyon

When it goes on sale this year, the all-new Canyon will give GMC one of the only three-truck lineups in the industry. It is expected to deliver class-leading capabilities with the brand’s signature refinement – all in an efficiently sized, maneuverable package for customers who want the cargo-hauling and trailering versatility of a truck without the size of a full-size pickup.

“The all-new 2015 Canyon completes GMC’s three-truck family, which started with the redesigned 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “It rounds out a lineup that offers the broadest range of capabilities in the industry, giving truck customers more choices to find the vehicle that meets their professional, personal and lifestyle needs.”

Based on a proven global architecture and engineered for the unique demands and driving conditions of North American drivers, the new Canyon is expected to deliver:

The segment’s best horsepower – an estimated 193 horsepower (146 kW) from a standard 2.5L I-4 and an estimated 302 horsepower (224 kW) from an available 3.6L V-6
The segment’s best payload of at least 1,450 pounds (657 kg)
The segment’s best maximum trailering rating (when properly equipped) of at least 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg)
Even greater capability with a powerful and efficient Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel engine coming in 2016 model year

GMC Canyon

“Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Canyon will offer all the capability with confidence – and GMC’s signature refinement that complements active lifestyles,” said DiSalle. “It also delivers the technology customers want with more standard features.”

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.

Additionally, RemoteLink Key Fob Services allow owners to lock and unlock their vehicle, flash the lights and honk the horn, and, on equipped models, even remotely start the engine using the RemoteLink smartphone app. The service is free for five years. Additional OnStar services and data plans will be available with a paid subscription.

GMC’s ProGrade protection program for two years/24,000 miles – whichever comes first – of scheduled maintenance, is standard and covers four oil changes, tire rotations and 27-point inspections. It complements the three-year/36,000-mile – whichever comes first – bumper-to-bumper limited vehicle warranty and five-year/100,000-mile – whichever comes first – powertrain limited warranty.

Designed for capability, comfort and refinement

GMC Canyon

Inside and out, the 2015 Canyon is pure GMC, with a quiet, refined interior distinguished by premium materials and a commanding exterior presence that emulates the technology-infused design aesthetic introduced on the 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD models.

Bold front-end styling incorporates the segment’s only standard projector beam headlamps and GMC’s signature C-shaped LED daytime running lamps on all models. Three body configurations are offered: An extended cab model with a six-foot bed, a crew cab with a five-foot bed and a crew cab with a six-foot bed. With the tailgate down, the six-foot bed allows eight-foot-long items to be hauled within the vehicle.

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. It includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels covered by all-terrain tires, a body-color grille surround with horizontal chrome bars and specific suspension tuning.

From a refinement standpoint, the Canyon features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides, like the 2014 Sierra, for improved aerodynamic performance and a quieter interior. And to help keep overall mass down and improve the front-to-rear weight balance, the Canyon features an all-new aluminum hood.

It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance efficiency through improved aerodynamics.

Additional exterior features include:

Segment-first CornerStep rear bumper design, pioneered on the 2014 Sierra, is standard
Available segment-first EZ Lift-and-Lower locking tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar to make raising the tailgate easier with one hand, and a damper for more-controlled lowering
Standard two-tier loading that allows a platform to effectively split the bed into upper and lower sections, making it easier to haul, store and conceal items such as tools
Thirteen reconfigurable and four stationary tie-down locations throughout the bed for use with available, removable cargo tie-down rings
Standard bed rail and tailgate protectors
Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner
Range of 16-, 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels

A diverse collection of work- and lifestyle-supporting accessories will be offered including everything from a bed liner and innovative cargo management system to a custom tonneau cover, removable cargo rings, tool box and more.

GMC Canyon

Comfortable and connected cabin

The interior of the 2015 Canyon is designed to be comfortable, heavily equipped and well connected. A bold, upright instrument panel with large instruments and a central driver information center is similar to Sierra. A center console-mounted shifter is similar to those found in midsize cars and crossovers.

The Canyon’s cabin boasts exceptional attention to detail and premium appointments, including a sculpted headliner that enhances headroom, halo lighting on key controls for easier viewing and an open area at the front of the center console for easier phone charging.

Additional interior details include:

Sculpted door panels that make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle
Upper-instrument panel storage bin – when not equipped with the uplevel audio system – and large glove box volume
Standard center console with room to store a tablet
Rear under-seat storage

Canyon’s seats are designed for long-haul comfort and wear, too. They use dual-firmness foam for greater comfort on long drives and high-wear, stain-resistant cloth seating trim. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, and heated leather seats are standard on SLT. The All-Terrain package features exclusive color and trim details, including embossed seatbacks and unique contrast stitching.

Comfort is enhanced with technologies, connectivity and other features that support owners’ daily and recreational lives including a standard 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information screen in the instrument cluster

Also available:

Eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen and multiple USB ports
OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hot spot

GMC Canyon

Next-generation OnStar and IntelliLink enhancements with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone users
Teen Driver feature
GMC AppShop

Teen Driver is a new, configurable IntelliLink feature that allows parents to set a radio volume limit, establish a speed warning set between 40 and 70 mph, and set a speed limiter. It also automatically mutes the radio when the driver or front passenger safety belt is not fastened and a “report card” that records mileage, wide-open throttle events, ABS events, maximum speed and other data. The custom features are locked by a PIN, which is set by the parent.

Canyon models with an eight-inch IntelliLink screen will also feature a new in-car app marketplace: GMC AppShop. It allows customers to download apps directly to their IntelliLink system and organize, update or delete them throughout the life of the vehicle. Available apps will connect drivers to music, news, weather, travel information, vehicle data and more.

Segment-best power and efficiency

GMC expects Canyon to be the most powerful and efficient truck in the segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more while being efficient. A 2.5L I-4 is standard, and a 3.6L V-6 is available. They are based on award-winning engine families and tuned to deliver the low-rpm torque customers depend on for hauling and towing.

The 2.5L four is estimated at 193 horsepower (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6L engine is estimated at 302 horsepower (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm). SAE certification of the power ratings is pending.

Both engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. An aluminum block, forged-steel crankshaft, dual-overhead camshafts and jet-spray piston cooling are featured on both engines. The 2.5L incorporates a two-stage variable-displacement oil pump, for greater efficiency, as well as a balance shaft located in the oil pan, for greater refinement.

All models are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that complements the truck-tuned engines with features that make hauling and trailering easier and more comfortable, including auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode. A six-speed manual transmission is also available with the 2.5L engine in base extended cab/2WD models.

Class-leading capabilities and superior ride quality

GMC Canyon

The Canyon delivers the capability expected of a GMC truck, including expected segment-leading payload and trailering. Like the full-size Sierra, Canyon is built on a fully boxed perimeter frame, which provides the strength to support its capabilities, and a ride expected to be smooth and quiet.

A coil-over-type front suspension features aluminum knuckles that are low in mass and high in strength contributing to a more responsive, immediate feel to driver inputs, as well as efficiency. The 2015 Canyon also features the segment’s first application of electric power steering, which enhances efficiency because it is not driven by the engine.

Additionally, the Canyon has a tight turning radius of only about 41 feet (12.6 meters), making it easier to maneuver when parking or backing into tight spots, such as garages or campsites.

Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-piston front calipers, are standard and feature segment-exclusive Duralife™ brake rotors – also pioneered on the 2014 Sierra. They can offer up to double the service life, which can help lower ownership costs.

Canyon is available with an automatic locking rear differential known by its G80 option code. Introduced by General Motors more than 40 years ago, it gives drivers a traction advantage when needed and everyday comfort when it’s not. It is available on SLE and SLT, and standard with the All-Terrain package.

AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive is also a segment-first feature, which employs an electronically controlled transfer case that allows the driver to shift from 2WD to 4WD. The driver can select four modes, 2WD, Auto, 4WD HI, or 4WD Lo. By selecting ‘Auto’ mode, the transfer case will operate in 2WD and will automatically apply traction to the front wheels (4WD) when the vehicle senses wheel slippage.

Safety features

With 360 degrees of available active and passive safety technologies, Canyon is designed to help keep occupants safe on the road, with standard features including:

Six air bags, including head curtain side air bags that can also reduce the risk of occupant ejection
Large rearview mirrors and rear-vision camera system for greater visibility
StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control (All Terrain).

GMC Canyon

Available safety features include:

Segment-first forward collision alert
Segment-first lane departure warning

The Canyon will be assembled at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant. GMC will continue to work on and develop the Canyon until the start of production in fall 2014. The content of this release is based on current GM testing and is subject to change.

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