GM Trademarks "Nightfall Edition" Package For Pickup Trucks
General Motors plans to introduce a special-edition pickup truck wearing the "Nighfall Edition" badge in 2015, according to a trademark the manufacturer filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office earlier this month. AutoGuide reports the package will include "a black exterior, black grille, black five-inch assist steps, 18-inch aluminum wheels, polished exhaust tips, [a] spray-in bedliner, [a] remote start system and automatic climate control." Assist steps and bedliner? That’s a truck alright!
While this may be excellent news for truck enthusiasts, the filing does not specify which nameplate will receive the special package. Although anything is possible without official confirmation, we have a hunch the Nightfall Edition bundle is reserved for the special edition version of the GMC Canyon that’s scheduled to break cover at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January. The manufacturer has yet to unveil any details surrounding this truck, but it’s about time GM’s midsize truck gets a special production version after showcasing several concepts at the 2014 SEMA Show.
There’s also the possibility the Nightfall Edition goes to the Chevrolet Colorado, but the blacked-out exterior and the black-and-chrome body parts are more of a GMC thing. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough as the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is only three weeks away.
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Why it matters
The Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon and its S10/Sonoma predecessors have received a long list of special edition models and packages throughout their lifetime until the former’s discontinuation in the United States in 2012. Now that GM’s midsize truck is back, both the Colorado and Canyon nameplates need a bunch of packages to spice things up and bring more customers into dealerships. Although the Nightfall Edition is likely only about visuals, hopefully one of the twins will receive a high-performance version in the near future.
The 2015 GMC Canyon is all-new and return to the U.S. market after a three-year hiatus. The truck shares most of its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Colorado, but it features a unique design and a more upscale interior. Just like the Colorado, the 2015 Canyon was launched with two gasoline engine options. The standard 2.5-liter, inline-four generates a respectable 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, while the optional 3.6-liter V-6 pumps out 305 ponies and 269 pound-feet of twist. The four-banger can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, while the V-6 mates exclusively to the automatic transmission.
For the 2016 model year, GM will also introduce a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel for the Canyon. The oil burner is estimated to produce 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. While the four-pot returns 27 mpg on the highway and the V-6 does 26 mpg, the Duramax is expected to achieve more than 30 mpg on the highway. Pricing for the 2015 GMC Canyon begins from $27,650 and goes beyond $38,175 for the range-topping SLT 4x4 model.