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2021 GMC Canyon Syclone by Specialty Vehicle Engineering

2021 GMC Canyon Syclone by Specialty Vehicle Engineering

SVE is back with the second edition of the modern-day Syclone; this time with 750 horses under the hood!

We’ve been seeing a lot of revived monikers lately, so why not add one more to the list? This one, however, is revived by an aftermarket company and not the automaker itself. We’re talking about the GMC Syclone that was launched almost three decades back but was way ahead of its time. Specialty Vehicles Engineering, an aftermarket company based out of New Jersey, brought the Syclone badge back last year, and now it is following up with the 2021 model.

The 2021 Syclone is based on the 2021 GMC Canyon.The highlight of the 2021 Syclone is that it has 300 horses more than its predecessor, the 2019 GMC Syclone. We’re talking about 750 horses in a compact truck with a variety of other upgrades and a moniker that set the path to change the course of how trucks are generally viewed. Need we say anything more?

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2019 GMC Syclone by SVE

2019 GMC Syclone by SVE

An actual performance package for the Canyon that’s limited to 100 units

Performance pickup trucks seem to be the trend these days. There’s the Ram Rebel TRX and the Raptor, but this is not a new concept per se. The truck that needs to be credited for making us believe that these butch looking vehicles could actually go fast was the GMC Syclone. It debuted in the 90s and was fast enough to scare the holy hell out of anyone because there was nothing known as ’fast trucks’ back then. However, the truck did not succeed. But, seeing the demand and potential now, the GMC Syclone is all set to make a comeback. The 2019 GMC Syclone is a tribute to the original truck by Specialty Vehicle Engineering, and from what it’s worth, it sure looks exciting.

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2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X

2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X

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.

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2016 GMC Canyon Duramax – Driven

2016 GMC Canyon Duramax – Driven

When you need torque and fuel economy

General Motors wasted no time in announcing its plans to bring a compact turbodiesel to the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups. In fact, the all three engine options were announced back in 2014 ahead of the 2015 model year launch. Sadly we had to wait until the 2016 model year before the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel became available. Well, the wait is finally over and we’re gotten out chance behind the wheel.

The Duramax is slotted as the Canyon’s range-topping engine. And while it does carry a $3,730 premium over the 3.6-liter gasoline V-6, the turbodiesel offers impressive fuel economy, outstanding towing abilities, and surprising everyday livability. To say it’s a well-rounded engine is an understatement.

Of course, there’s more to the Canyon than just its powerplant. The large chrome grille, LED-encrusted headlights, utility-minded cargo bed, helpful step bumpers, and overall handsome looks are still present, though everything is carried over from 2015. The truck still looks fresh in its second year, and should continue looking so for several more years.

Inside, the Canyon’s cabin is a leather-lined paradise for hard-working folks. It’s also a usable space for the average family, too. The rear bench fits two comfortably, three in a pinch, and folds in two different directions to accommodate different cargo. GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system software ranks high in user friendliness, while the gauge cluster looks somewhat dull. Nevertheless, the Canyon is a very strong competitor in its class. Let’s have a look.

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2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

Rumors had been flying about GMC adding a Denali trim level to the Canyon mid-side pickup since its introduction for 2015. Heck, even GMC’s vice president of Sales, Duncan Aldred, has been quoted as saying he wants the range-topping trim level added to the mix.

It makes perfect sense, too. Every other GMC product offers the upgraded luxury version with distinctive exterior styling and swanky interior adornments – save for the Savanna van. What’s more, the Denali trim is said to account for roughly 25 percent of GMC sales, meaning customers crave that upscale appearance and feel.

Those rumors got even hotter when spy photographers snagged a Canyon test mule wearing insanely thin camouflage and upgraded wheels. We here at TopSpeed took what we saw and created a rendering of what a Canyon Denali might look like.

Thankfully, the wait is over. GMC debuted the “professional grade” luxo-truck at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

And just as we suspected, the Canyon Denali comes loaded with features and amenities that are otherwise unavailable or optional extras on lower trim levels. The now-iconic cheese grader chrome grille is paired with 20-inch ultra-bright aluminum wheels and Denali badging to denote the trim level’s range-topping status.

Providing power is the 3.6-liter V-6 as standard, while the new-for-2016 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel is offered for customers who want an extra 700 pounds of towing and the EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway.

So let’s take a look at GMC’s newest Denali member

Updated 11/17/2015: GMC dropped the 2017 Canyon Denali at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

Rumors have been flying about GMC adding a Denali trim level to the Canyon mid-size pickup since its introduction for 2015. Heck, even GMC’s vice president of Sales, Duncan Aldred, has been quoted as saying he wants the range-topping trim level added to the mix.

It makes perfect sense, too. Every other GMC product offers the upgraded luxury version with distinctive exterior styling and swanky interior adornments – save for the Savanna van. What’s more, the Denali trim is said to account for roughly 25 percent of GMC sales, meaning customers crave that upscale appearance and feel.

Now those rumors are getting hotter as spy photographers have snagged the Canyon wearing insanely thin camouflage and upgraded wheels. But we here at TopSpeed aren’t content with blurry spy shots with some sweaty engineer in the cabin. No, we want a “professional grade” look at the upcoming luxo-truck.

And here it is.

Meet the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali – or at least our idea of it. Honestly though, the Denali trim is fairly easy to envision. Add the cheese grater grille, larger wheels, chrome accents, and premium paint and you’ve got yourself a Denali. It’s also a safe bet to call GMC on the model year now that the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder is on the market for 2016.

So let’s take a look at the suspected details.

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2015 GMC Canyon - Driven

2015 GMC Canyon - Driven

It might be the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado grabbing all the headlines and generating more sales at dealerships, but its corporate twin certainly deserves its own time in the spotlight. That became blatantly clear after spending a week with this beautiful 2015 GMC Canyon bathed in its high-class (and extra cost) Emerald Green Metallic paint offset by a massive chrome grille and matching chrome accents.

My tester came fitted with the Canyon’s top trim level, the SLT package. The option list left nothing for wanting save for the long list of available GearOn cargo box options. This meant the Canyon was dressed to kill, complete with heated leather seats, full navigation on its 8-inch infotainment screen, 4G LTE Wi-Fi service, 4WD, and the V-6 powerplant.

Though the luxo-lined SLT sits atop the Canyon’s other trims, Chevrolet slots the rough and tumble Z71 trim level at the top of the Colorado food chain. General Motors’ decision to do this perfectly exemplifies the two directions the Chevrolet and GMC trucks take. GMC’s “professional grade” attitude appeals to the boss man while the Chevy’s approach to “finding new roads” appeals to the workin’ man.

Granted, the Colorado is available with full leather seats and all the fixins’ found on the Canyon, but you’ll have to choose the mid-level LT trim and order the extra cost options.

All that to say this: the GMC is clearly aimed at a different audience than the Chevy. That’s how GM has designed the two divisions to interact and it’s very apparent. So what’s the GMC Canyon like to live with and is it worth the small price hike over a similarly equipped Colorado? Keep reading to find out.

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2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition

2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition

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.”

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2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon first came on the scene in 2004 as the replacement for the GMC Sonoma pickup that dates back to 1982. While both the Sonoma and Canyon were corporate twins to the Chevrolet S-10 and Colorado, the GMC had it own styling. The Canyon proved to be a great improvement over the Sonoma, offing stronger engine choices and better fuel economy. Canyons were available in single, extended, and crew cab forms, with bed lengths to suit each cab. Now for 2015, the GMC Canyon is back in production, having been on hiatus since 2012. The 2015 model is completely new, with an overhauled exterior and interior, new engine options, and a far superior overall design. Like the years prior, GMC’s latest Canyon shares most of its underpinnings with its Chevrolet counterpart.

The Canyon comes with two initial engine options for 2015: a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6. Both are gasoline mills. However, for 2016, a 2.8-liter, I-4, Duramax, turbo-diesel engine will be offered. Automatic and manual transmission are available, both sporting six gears. The truck rides on a fully boxed, hydroformed steel frame.

Updated 09/22/2014: General Motors has announced the EPA fuel economy estimates for the Canyon. At its best, the midsize truck achieves 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. GM also released payload ratings, listing the V-6 Canyon at 1,620 pounds. Both stats are class-leading.

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2006 GMC Canyon

2006 GMC Canyon

Professional Grade is about delivering more than what the customer expects. In Canyon’s case, it’s more power, more comfort, more cargo room and a wide range of model configurations - all in a nimble, midsize truck package. For 2006, Canyon delivers a new ZQ8 sport suspension package, SLT trim on Extended and Crew Cab models, the GM Passenger Sensing (air bag) System for front seat passengers and a host of new interior and exterior colors.

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