X marks the spot where big tires & floor mats lie

The GMC Canyon is getting another new trim line for 2017 – the All Terrain X. This is package adds to the carry-over All Terrain trim level available on 2015 and 2016 Canyon pickups. This is on top of the new 2017 Canyon Denali GMC has previously announced. And as typical, there are no mechanical upgrades unique to the option package. Rather, the updates consist of slight cosmetic changes designed to spark customer interest.

So what’s different about the All Terrain X? It boils down to an aggressive set of all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners.

Yep, tires and floor mats. Still, the additions make the All Terrain X more capable off the beaten path and easier to clean up when the wheeling is done. Aside from the X portion, the All Terrain package includes several upgrades over the standard 4WD Canyon pickup. We’ll get into that below.

Lastly, the 2017 model year brings a significant powertrain upgrade for the Canyon. Like its corporate cousin, the 2017 Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon is getting the same heavily upgraded 3.6-liter V-6 and new eight-speed automatic transmission. Three horsepower and six pound-feet of torque accompany the addition of Active Fuel Management, a reworked variable valve timing system, and an upgraded direct fuel injection system. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel are unchanged.

The 2017 Canyon will go on sale in Q4 of 2016.

Continue reading to learn more about the GMC Canyon All Terrain X.

  • 2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X
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    Eight-Speed Automatic
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    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    99 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 4WD
  • Price:
    38000 (Est.)
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What makes the GMC Canyon All Terrain X different

Ordering the All Terrain X package adds two items not found on the standard All Terrain package: Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires and all-weather floor liners. The DuraTrac tires, sized at P255/65R17 on the Canyon, have quickly become a favorite OEM-spec tire around the industry. The Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss, Colorado Z71 Midnight, Silverado Z71 Midnight, and even the Ram Power Wagon all use the meaty Goodyears.

2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X High Resolution Exterior
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Besides the tires and floor mats, all the upgrades normally found with the All Terrain package are present. This includes specially tuned shock absorbers, a transfer case skid plate, hill descent control, trim-specific 17-inch wheels, side step bars, a spray-on bedliner, a body-color grille surround, body-colored bumpers, and trim-specific interior upgrades that include red-stitched seats with the All Terrain logo and seat heaters, remote start, automatic climate control, and a sliding rear window.

The All Terrain X package is available only of the SLE trim level with 4WD. The new 3.6-liter V-6 is the standard engine, but the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel is optional.

Check out our driven reviews of the Canyon and Colorado pickups.

2016 GMC Canyon Duramax – Driven

2016 GMC Canyon Duramax – Driven
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Read the full review here.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 – Driven

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 - Driven High Resolution Exterior
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Read the full review here.

Press Release

Building on the momentum of an 18-percent sales increase so far this year, GMC today announced a broader 2017 GMC Canyon lineup led by the new, range-topping Canyon Denali and new, off-road-inspired All Terrain X.

Like all GMC Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished by chrome exterior details and unique wheels, along with exclusive interior trim and content. It also features a new 3.6L V-6 engine that’s paired with a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission.

This new propulsion system is offered across the 2017 Canyon lineup, including the new All Terrain X package, which takes the popular All Terrain model farther down the trail, with Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires, all-weather floor liners and more.

“Canyon continues to carve out its own niche as the only premium truck in the midsize segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “With a broader 2017 Canyon lineup and the redesigned Acadia, GMC is offering more choices for finding the premium truck or SUV that matches customers’ design preferences and capability needs.”

Additional new and revised features for the 2017 Canyon lineup include:

New IntelliLink radio with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
Standard Teen Driver Mode through IntelliLink
Available heated steering wheel
Exterior colors Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic and Red Quartz Metallic

Canyon Denali

In addition to its Denali-signature chrome grille, the 2017 Canyon Denali features specific wheels — 20-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum with painted accents — along with tubular chrome assist steps, polished exhaust tip (V-6 only) and spray-on bedliner.

Inside, a Jet Black interior features unique leather-appointed, heated and ventilated front seats — exclusive content in the Canyon lineup — along with unique instrument panel and console trim and Denali-logo sill plates and floor mats. Additional standard features include:

Heated steering wheel
GMC IntelliLink with Navigation and an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
4G Wi-Fi hotspot
Automatic climate control
Full-color driver information center
Remote start
Bose® premium seven-speaker audio system
Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console and another inside the console
Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning

All Terrain X

This special version of the popular All Terrain package offered on the SLE model is the most off-road-capable Canyon for those who travel beyond the paved path. The X adds Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac P255/65R17 all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners to All Terrain content, which includes:

Off-road suspension and transfer case shield
Body-color grille surround and rear step bumper
Unique interior with red stitching and heated front seats
Hill Descent Control
Unique 17-inch aluminum wheels
3-inch-diameter round step bars
Spray-on bedliner
Remote start
Automatic climate control and sliding rear window

The All Terrain model requires the new 3.6L V-6/eight-speed automatic propulsion system. The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine is available.

3.6L V-6 and eight-speed automatic

The new 3.6L/eight-speed propulsion system offers stronger, more confident acceleration and smoother shift performance than the Canyon’s previous V-6/six-speed combination. This new combination focuses on refining everyday driving performance, including accelerating from a stop, passing on the highway and cruising at a constant speed.

The 3.6L leverages technologies such as continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to balance performance and efficiency. It is rated at an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm).

Canyon’s new Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic complements the 3.6L with a technologically advanced design and control system that supports smoother, more refined performance. Smaller “steps” between the gears as the vehicle accelerates allow the transmission to shift quicker, with almost imperceptible upshifts.

The 8L45 eight-speed also has a wider 7.0 gear ratio that enables a numerically higher first gear ratio — helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering — and numerically lower overdrive ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway. A lower engine speed has two benefits: It can reduce fuel consumption to enhance efficiency and it reduces engine noise for a quieter cabin.

The new powertrain supports a 7,000-pound max trailering rating that is second in the segment only to the Canyon’s available 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is rated at 7,700 pounds.

The 2017 model year updates, including the new V-6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

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