Special edition trucks are all the rage these days and General Motors is on the leading edge of the trend. The automaker’s latest case is the GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition. It combines the also-popular monochrome “murdered” look with some extra features that don’t normally come standard. Still at the foundation is the new-for-2015 Canyon midsize truck with two engine, transmission, and drive wheel options, along with numerous cab and bed configurations. Selecting the Nightfall Edition, however, means first choosing the mid-range SLE trim level with the crew cab. Obviously, the truck only comes in black.

So what’s included? Well, things like a unique black grille, dark painted 18-inch aluminum wheels, black side steps, and a polished exhaust tip. Other non-cosmetic changes include a spray-in bedliner, automatic climate control, the remote start system, rear view camera, and the eight-inch IntelliLink infotainment system.

The SLE trim package already adds some relevant features important to the modern truck buyer, including the G80 automatic locking rear differential on four-wheel-drive models, the auto-dimming rear view mirror, and SiriusXM radio.

Like its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon offers other options for further customization. One of the most interesting is the GearOn cargo management system for the bed. Multiple accessories like dividers and cargo racks for skis and kayaks can be attached to the GearOn bed rails.

Such niceties as these reinforce the fact trucks are purchased more as a lifestyle choice than a necessity. GMC’s Sales and Marketing vice president Duncan Aldred reiterates this. “The Canyon is a lifestyle enabler and its accessories lineup matches lifestyles of all types,” he says. “The accessories take their inspiration from how customers use their vehicle.”

Click past the jump to read more about the GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition.

  • 2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    306
  • MPG(Cty):
    21
  • MPG(Hwy):
    26
  • Torque @ RPM:
    269
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The Nightfall Edition is all about looks. The dark tones present on the truck replace bright chrome work and trim, making it a more imposing machine. Save for the wheels, the truck takes after the monochromatic “murdered-out” style. The black front grille and side steps really pull the look together.

Standing out from the black background are the LED-infused headlights, lower fog lights, and the bright red GMC logo. Touches of chrome still remain on the doors with the Canyon badge and the trim work under the side windows.

Interior

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Standard Canyon interior shown
Things on the inside follow the “business as usual” approach. The color schemes and hues are all standard production, but still match the exterior theme. The options list is where all the changes reside. The Nightfall Edition basically packages together some of the Canyon’s more popular features in a one-box check-off. Included is the upgraded infotainment system with satellite radio and the rear-view camera, a leather-covered steering wheel, the auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Drivetrain

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While the Canyon does come standard with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, selecting the Nightfall Edition means getting the SLE trim package. Coming standard with that is the 3.6-liter V-6. The all-aluminum engine makes 306 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque on regular gas thanks to direct injection and variable valve timing. In a 2WD truck, the engine is capable of achieving an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Selecting the 4WD options costs one mpg on the city rating and two on the highway side.

A six-speed automatic transmission is the only option with the V-6. It offers a manual shift mode and Tow/Haul Mode for managing the truck’s 7,000-pound maximum towing capacity.

Prices

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GMC has yet to announce pricing information on the Nightfall Edition option. However, the SLE trim package and crew cab configuration on which it’s based has a starting price of $29,460. Expect to pay an additional $1,000 or so when checking the Nightfall option box.

Competition

Chevrolet Colorado

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There’s nothing like a little sibling rivalry. The GMC’s fraternal twin, the Colorado, has its own set of options and color combinations – black being one of them. While the Colorado doesn’t have a specific special edition to match the GMC’s Nightfall, the Chevy can be customized with all the optional features and accessories. Plus, it’s only a matter of time before Chevy announces special editions for the its midsize truck.

The Colorado enjoys the same two powertrains as the GMC. Cab and bed configurations are the same as well. For those looking for extra towing power or fuel efficiency, 2016 promises the release of the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel for both trucks.

Pricing for the Colorado generally undercuts the higher-marketed GMC. Expect to pay $27,985 for the mid-level LT trim package in the crew cab, short bed configuration.

Toyota Tacoma

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The Tacoma is on the brink of replacement for the 2016 model year. But while we wait on that truck to hit showrooms, we have to stick with the current generation. Also offered in a crew cab configuration, the Tacoma offers plenty of capability and functionality, but lacks similar special edition visual packages like the GM trucks do. Of course, Toyota offers such things as the TRD Pro version of the Tacoma, which makes the pickup into a near Baja-ready off-roader with upgraded shocks, wheels, tires, and skidplating.

Powering the majority of Tacomas is the 4.0-liter V-6. The venerable engine has seen its fair share of decades pass by but still offers decent power and fuel economy. Rated at 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, the V-6 is capable of towing up to 6,500 pounds. The EPA rates it at 17 mpg city and 19 mpg highway for 2WD models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission.

Prices start at $17,875 for the base truck in single cab configuration and goes north, topping out at $28,285 for the Double Cab 4WD with the long bed.

Conclusion

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With trucks being associated with active lifestyles more than farm or construction equipment, it’s no wonder automakers are pouring so much attention into making more appealing option packages for these work horses. The Nightfall Edition package not only adds some uniquely good looks, but also groups together some pretty desirable electronic, mechanical, and functional options not otherwise found in the same place at once – unless ordered A la carte, of course.

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    • * No mechanical or interior changes

Press Release

GMC today introduced the 2015 Canyon Nightfall Edition – a stylized, blacked-out edition of the brand’s all-new premium midsize truck that blends a dramatic appearance with popular features and accessories.

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The Canyon Nightfall Edition is offered on SLE crew cab models, either 2WD or 4WD, in Onyx Black and will be available in the first quarter of 2015. In addition to standard equipment on the SLE, the Canyon Nightfall Edition includes:

Unique black grille
Black assist steps
Factory spray-in bedliner
18-inch multi-spoke aluminum wheels with Dark Argent painted inserts
Polished exhaust tip
Automatic climate control
Remote start

“The new Canyon Nightfall Edition expands the Canyon lineup and gives style-conscious customers another choice,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “Importantly, customers get the great looks of the Canyon Nightfall Edition and its unique content at a greater value than ordering the features separately.”

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The distinctive appearance of the Canyon Nightfall Edition reflects customer preferences for personalization and features that support different lifestyle interests. More than 40 percent of the initial orders for Canyon include at least one selection from the comprehensive collection of accessories GMC developed for the truck. The Canyon accessories portfolio includes the available GearOn™ system for optimal cargo management, as well as bed protection, styling enhancements and trailering components.

“The Canyon is a lifestyle enabler and its accessories lineup matches lifestyles of all types,” said Aldred. “The accessories take their inspiration from how customers use their vehicle, and they are crafted cohesively with the team of designers and engineers.”

Additional standard content on the Canyon Nightfall Edition includes:

Rear-vision camera
Eight-inch-diagonal Color Touch radio with GMC IntelliLink
OnStar with 4G LTE and its standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-month/3GB data trial, whichever comes first)
Two USB ports for charging located on the rear of the center console in addition another USB port inside the console
Multi-color driver information center display
Soft-touch instrument panel with aluminum trim
Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
Remote keyless entry
Tilting and telescoping steering column
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
SiriusXM satellite radio (includes three-month trial)
Automatic locking rear differential (4WD models)
17-inch aluminum wheels

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Canyon was named Autoweek’s Best of the Best truck for 2015. It offers the segment’s best horsepower and EPA-estimated fuel economy: 200 horsepower (149 kW) and 27 mpg highway (2WD) from a standard 2.5L I-4; and 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 26 mpg (2WD) from an available 3.6L V-6. The V-6 engine enables a segment-leading 7,000-pound trailering rating.

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