‘Ze Germans reimagine the pickup segment, but how does it stack up?

Mercedes-Benz just made quite the splash when it dropped the new X-Class. Framed as the first truly “upscale” pickup truck, the X-Class intends on redefining the midsize segment with unprecedented levels of luxury and refinement. It might seem like a strange combination to mate luxury with pickups, but as Mercedes points out, “the number of pickups for private use is increasing. They are no longer viewed purely as workhorses.” As such, the X-Class aims to broaden the pickup’s buyer appeal, seeking out folks like “land owners and farmers in Argentina, business owners and building contractors in Australia, families with an affinity for premium products in Brazil, trend-conscious individualists in South Africa and Great Britain as well as sporty adventurers in New Zealand and Germany.” Sounds like quite the collection of buyers. But here’s the thing – is the X-Class really all that revolutionary?

To find out, we placed it alongside some of its biggest competition, including the Toyota Hilux, the Volkswagen Amarok, and the Ford Ranger. And, since its possible Merc might bring the X-Class stateside eventually, we threw in the GMC Canyon Denali as well. Read on for all the specs and info you need, and let us know in the comments how you think the X-Class stacks up.

Continue reading to learn more about how the Mercedes-Benz X-Class compares to the competition.

Mercedes-Benz X-Class

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One glance at the X-Class is all you need to confirm that this is indeed a Mercedes-Benz. The look takes after the brand’s various SUV offerings, outfitted with the traditional three-pointed star emblem and twin-louver radiator grille on the nose. To this, Mercedes added all the traditional pickup cues, such as flared-out wheel arches, black undercladding, a short overhang in front, and a long overhang in the rear. Wheel sizing ranges between 17 inches and 19 inches, and options include either a soft or hard tonneau cover, plus a canopy that makes the truck look more like an SUV.

Mercedes is offering three individual trim levels with varying opulence and standard equipment. These include “Pure,” “Progressive,” and “Power.” Aesthetic differences include new exterior components that are either finished in black or come matched to the body color. Inside, there’s a concave instrument panel, with the trim finished in matte black, aluminum, or woodgrain. Leatherette upholstery covers various components. On the dash is a freestanding display, measured at 8.4 inches in the diagonal. This display gets 960 by 540 pixel resolution and smartphone-style operation, and acts as the primary interface for the Comand infotainment platform. There’s also a 5.4-inch driver’s information display in the gauges.

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Mercedes is offering three individual trim levels with varying opulence and standard equipment. These include “Pure,” “Progressive,” and “Power.” Inside, you’ll find aluminum, wood, and leather.

Drivers grip a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel covered in leather. The shifter and handbrake are also leather-clad, and the X-Cass is offered with electrically adjustable seats. Six different seat coverings are on the options list, including two leather options. The standard color scheme is black and grey, but nut brown leather and exclusive topstitching is available, as are various other packages for further styling enhancements. Buyers even get the latest autonomous safety systems and connected features.

Merc promises the X-Class gets all the standard road manners worthy of the three-pointed badge. Additionally, the pickup should offer surprising off-road capability with high driving dynamics as well. Under the skin is a ladder-type frame, with the rear utilizing a multi-link solid axle. In front is an independent set-up with coil springs. The X-Class can haul up to 1.1 tonnes (1.2 tons) and can move “17 full 50-liter barrels of beer” in the bed. Towing is rated at 3.5 tonnes (3.9 tons), which Mercedes equates to “a trailer containing three horses or an eight-metre yacht.”

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Merc promises the X-Class gets all the standard road manners worthy of the three-pointed badge. Additionally, the pickup should offer surprising off-road capability with high driving dynamics as well.

In back is a step-up mounted in the rear cargo area for easier access, plus there’s an LED rear cargo lighting feature. The load bed height is 18.7 inches, while the load bed width is 61.4 inches. Ground clearance is a little less than 8 inches, but a raised suspension setup (0.8 inches) can be had for a little extra outlay (the raised suspension comes as standard outside of the Europeean market).

At launch, the X-Class is offered with the choice of three individual four-cylinder engines.

At launch, the X-Class is offered with the choice of three individual four-cylinder engines. Kicking it off is a turbocharged 2.3-liter diesel, with two levels of tune on tap – the 163-horsepower X 220 d, and the 190-horsepower X 250 d. Both options send power to the rear, but can be had with selectable AWD. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual as standard with the choice of a seven-speed automatic. There’s also a four-cylinder gas option making 165 horsepower called the X 200. A more powerful V-6 will be available in 2018, producing a sizable 258 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Dubbed the X 350 d, the V-6 model also gets permanent AWD and a standard seven-speed automatic. Also of note are the tunable drive modes, which are somewhat of a novelty in this segment.

Pricing starts at 37,294 Euros in the German market.

Exterior Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz X-Class exterior dimensions:
Wheelbase (inches): 124
Length (inches): 210.2
Height (inches): 71.6
Width (inches): 75.6
Front track (inches): 64.3
Rear track (inches): 64

Interior Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz X-Class interior dimensions:
Headroom (front / rear): N/A / N/A
Leg room (front / rear): N/A / N/A
Shoulder room (front / rear): N/A / N/A
Passenger volume: N/A
Bed length: 73.11 inches
Bed width: 61.41 inches
Bed height: 18.66 inches
Seating capacity: 5

Engine, Drivetrain, And Chassis

Mercedes-Benz X-Class engine, drivetrain, and chassis:
Engine type: turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesel, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 diesel
Drivetrain: RWD, AWD
Transmission: six-speed manual, seven-speed automatic
Horsepower: 163 hp, 190 hp, 165 hp, 257 hp
Torque: 297 pound-feet, 332 pound-feet, 176 pound-feet, 406 pound-feet
0-to-60 mph: N/A
Top speed: 130 mph (est.)
Fuel economy: N/A
Curb weight: N/A

Pricing And Options

Mercedes-Benz X-Class pricing and options:
Mercedes-Benz X-Class: 37,294 Euros (German market)
Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pure: N/A
Mercedes-Benz X-Class Progressive: N/A
Mercedes-Benz X-Class Power: N/A
Options: N/A

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

Toyota Hilux

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Also known as the Tacoma in North America, the Hilux has established itself as a rugged and capable pickup with reliability that borders on the unbreakable. Now in its eighth generation, the Hilux has been around for about a half century, and is well established as one of Europe’s (and indeed, one of the world’s) most popular pickup models.

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Also known as the Tacoma in North America, the Hilux has established itself as a rugged and capable pickup with reliability that borders on the unbreakable.

Offered in a variety of body styles, including a Single Carb, four-seat Extra Cab, and five-seat Double Cab, the Hilux was recently updated with new exterior styling. The revised front fascia uses something Toyota calls the “Keen Look” styling language, which combines the upper grille and headlight design, as well as a “Under Priority” lower grille. There’s also a clamshell hood, large horizontal bars across the nose, and “over fender” design cues adding to the beefiness. 12 LEDs are used for daytime running lights in the wraparound headlights, while the fog lights in the lower bumper were moved to maximize ground clearance. Redesigned taillights are in back. The corners get a few new wheel designs, offered in both 17- and 18-inch sizing. Up top is a V-shaped roof for greater aerodynamic efficiency, complemented by stabilizer fins in back for aero. Eight exterior colors are on offer, including new hues like Orange Spice, Volcano Red, and Hydro Blue, while a hard tonneau cover makes the options list.

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The cabin’s horizontal layout is highlighted by a 7.0-inch touchscreen, while a TFT drivers information screen measuring in at 4.2 inches sits behind a multifunction steering wheel.

Inside, the new Hilux gets enhanced interior comfort thanks to reduced NVH levels. It also comes with the Toyota Safety Sense technology suite, which includes a Pedestrian Detection function, LDA and RSA, as well as standards like Trailer Sway Control. The rear-hinged doors on the Double Cab model make it easier to get in and out, complemented by a Smart Entry and Start system. The cabin’s horizontal layout is highlighted by a 7.0-inch touchscreen, while a TFT driver’s information screen measuring in at 4.2 inches sits behind a multifunction steering wheel. A six-speaker audio system provides music, with upholstery options including hardwearing fabric, soft fabric, or full leather. AUX and USB ports round it out.

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The latest update brought a new turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, featuring 16 valves, and dual overhead cams. Output is rated at 148 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. Standard spec is RWD but AWD is available.

In back is a cargo deck that is 64.8 inches wide. Under the skin is a ladder-frame chassis, which was enhanced with 20 percent greater torsional rigidity in the recent update. There’s now greater suspension travel as well, and an enhanced brake control system to up the Hilux’s off-roading capability. A more robust under cover is in place to protect vital components from scraping while in rough terrain. Towing capacity is rated at 3.5 tons. The latest update brought a new turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, featuring 16 valves, and dual overhead cams. Output is rated at 148 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. Standard spec is RWD and a six-speed manual gearbox, which can be upgraded to AWD models with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Put your foot down, and you’ll go 0 to 62 mph in 12.8 seconds with the automatic. Top speed is 109 mph. The 2.4-liter also manages 6.41 liters per 100 km on the fuel efficiency front, thanks in part to the Start & Stop system. The updated six-speed manual offers revised ratios compared to the old five-speed transmission, while improved logic was added to the six-speed automatic ‘box. The Drive Mode Switch allows you go between “Eco” and “Power” modes. Leaf spring suspension with twin shocks keep it shiny side up.

Pricing starts at $25,347 Euros in the German market.

Exterior Dimensions

Toyota Hilux exterior dimensions:
Wheelbase (inches): 121.5
Length (inches): 210
Height (inches): 71.1
Width (inches): 73
Front track (inches): 60.6
Rear track (inches): 60.9

Interior Dimensions

Toyota Hilux interior dimensions:
Interior length: 66.8 inches
Interior width: 58.3 inches
Interior height: 46 inches
Deck length: 60 inches
Deck width: 60.6 inches
Deck height: 18.9 inches
Luggage overall length (rear seat up): 61.2 inches
Seating capacity: 5

Engine, Drivetrain, And Chassis

Toyota Hilux engine, drivetrain, and chassis:
Engine type: 2.4-liter four-cylinder diesel
Drivetrain: RWD, AWD
Transmission: six-speed manual, six speed automatic
Horsepower: 148 hp at 3,400 rpm
Torque: 295 pound-feet at 1,600 rpm
0-to-62 mph: 13.2 seconds, 12.75 seconds
Top speed: 109 mph
Fuel economy: 7 liters per 100 km, 7.8 liters per 100 km
Curb weight: 4,630 pounds

Pricing And Options

Toyota Hilux pricing and options:
Toyota Hilux Single Cab: 25,347 Euros (German market)
Toyota Hilux Extra Cab: 37,473 Euros (German market)
Toyota Hilux Double Cab: 39,436 Euros (German market)

Options: Eight exterior paint options, high over bar, leisure hard top, hard tonneau cover, storage box, moving load floor, chrome light surround, aluminum roll cover, bed liner, under rail, rail caps, fender protectors, side cladding, towing hitch, aluminum side steps, aluminum scuff plates, leather upholstery, rear seat tablet holder

Read our full review on the 2016 Toyota Hilux.

Volkswagen Amarok

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Offered as part of Volkswagen’s Commercial Vehicles lineup, the Amarok is the German automaker’s big bid in the pickup segment. The styling is reminiscent of VW’s SUV lineup, with blocky, simple shapes and gently curving lines. The various trim levels are designated by unique styling and external features. For example, the high-end Aventura model gets its own “sports bar,” plus stylish 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, and LED daytime running lights. The Aventura also shifts the double cab body more towards the rear, visually speaking that is. The rest of the lineup gets updated styling with a new new light design, revised intake shapes, and different wheel designs. Further LED illumination was added to the license plate, as well as the side sill lights. Getting in and out is made easier thanks to handles mounted to the A and B pillars.

Inside, the updated Amarok gets a new dashboard and more ergonomic seats. The instrument panel was also redesigned to emphasize the various horizontal lines. Up front, the driver and front passenger get the option for 14-way electrically adjustable ergoComfort seats, which includes ample lumbar support and large side bolsters as well. Standard spec includes height and lateral adjustments. Nappa leather seat covers, Ceramique stitching, and a heated feature are also on the table. Drivers grip a multifunction steering wheel, which mounts controls for the radio, cell phone integration, and display system. There’s also the option for shift paddles to give greater control over the cog swaps on the automatic transmission. A frameless rear-view mirror pairs with the optional Light and Sight package to add extra flair inside. Bluetooth connectivity and stainless steel pedals complement the upscale tech approach, as does the full color multifunction display.

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Inside, the updated Amarok gets a new dashboard and more ergonomic seats. The instrument panel was also redesigned to emphasize the various horizontal lines. Nappa leather seat covers, Ceramique stitching, and a heated seat feature are available features.

In terms of the infotainment specifics, the Amarok comes equipped with new radio and navigation systems, with standout features including App Connect, Guide & Inform, and CarNet. Smartphone apps can integrate directly with the touchscreen, and there’s available online traffic info through the Discover Media navigation system, not to mention the Composition Media system. Phone calls are made easier thanks to digital voice enhancement, which utilizes the hands-free microphone when making calls. Safety and convenience features include standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking, the park distance control assistant, and a rear-view camera.

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Without a doubt, one of the Amarok’s biggest selling points is what its got under the hood. Making the go in the top-shelf model is a turbocharged diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine, which produces an impressive 221 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.

Without a doubt, one of the Amarok’s biggest selling points is what its got under the hood. Making the go in the top-shelf model is a turbocharged diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine, which produces an impressive 221 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is rated at 120 mph, with the 0-to-62 mph sprint completed in 7.9 seconds. Both RWD and AWD are on offer, with the extra grippy options including a selectable AWD system or a permanent AWD system. Handling the ratios is an eight-speed automatic transmission, which feeds a Torsen limited-slip differential for a little extra traction. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6 liters per 100 km. The Amarok can also be had in configurations of 160 horsepower and 201 horsepower as well. Recent updates include new brakes, measuring in with sizable 17-inch rotors in front and 16-inch rotors in the rear. Capability looks like over one tonne (2,205 pounds) in payload capacity, with towing capacity up to 3.5 tonnes (7,716 pounds).

Pricing starts at 25,720 Euros.

Exterior Dimensions

Volkswagen Amarok exterior dimensions:
Wheelbase (inches): 121.9
Length (inches): 206.7
Height (inches): 71.2
Width (inches): 87.8
Maximum ground clearance: 9.1 inches
Rear tailgate width: 53.7 inches

Interior Dimensions

Volkswagen Amarok interior dimensions:
Headroom (front / rear): N/A / N/A
Leg room (front / rear): N/A / N/A
Shoulder room (front / rear): N/A / N/A
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo room: N/A
Seating capacity: 5

Engine, Drivetrain, And Chassis

Volkswagen Amarok engine, drivetrain, and chassis:
Engine type: turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel
Drivetrain: RWD, AWD
Transmission: eight-speed automatic transmission, six-speed manual
Horsepower: 220 hp, 161 hp
Torque: 410 pound-feet at 1,500 rpm
0-to-62 mph: 7.9 seconds
Top speed: 120 mph
Fuel economy: 7.6 liters per 100 km
Curb weight: 4,129 pounds

Pricing And Options

Volkswagen Amarok pricing and options:
Volkswagen Amarok Trendline: 32,503 GBP
Volkswagen Amarok Highline: 36,991 GBP
Options: Eight exterior paint options, multiple wheel designs, Alcantara upholstery, leather upholstery, black upholstery colors, brown upholstery colors, manual lumbar support for driver and single passenger seat, Discover Media Navigation (six-speaker audio, App-Connect, DAB+ Digital Radio Reception, aux in, USB jack, mobile phone interface, voice control), bi-xenon headlights with separate LED daytime running lights, Lights & Vision package (automatic headlight activation with separate daytime running lights, windshield wiper intermittent control with rain sensor), front and rear parking sensors with rear-view camera, chrome styling pack (customized installation, styling bar, center high-mounted LED brake light), Winter pack (heated driver and front passenger seats, heated washer nozzles, washer fluid level indicator)

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Amarok.

Ford Ranger

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The Ranger is another hugely popular pickup for the European market, even eclipsing the Toyota Hilux in terms of sales in 2015. Ford recently introduced a new look for 2016 models, as well as a range-topping Wildtrak model that offers unique features both inside and outside, throwing in orange accents and Pride Orange paint. The rest of the line is updated with a new, sinewy hood shape, as well as a restyled trapezoidal grille in the nose. Projector headlights finish it off. Three body styles are available for the Ranger, including a two-door Regular Cab, a Super Cab with rear-hinged doors and second-row access, and the full four-door Double Cab. Wheel sizing varies between 16-inches for the pressed steel rollers, up to 18-inches for the upgraded alloy units.

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The Ranger’s interior was redesigned to echo Ford’s passenger vehicles in terms of comfort and backside coddling. Updates include the latest iteration of Ford’s Sync 2 platform, while features like lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition bring give it a tech edge. An 8.0-inch touchscreen provides inputs.

The Ranger’s interior was redesigned as well, echoing various Ford passenger vehicles in terms of comfort and backside coddling. Updates include new gear for the gauge cluster and infotainment system. The latest iteration of Ford’s Sync 2 platform provides the framework, while features like lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition bring the latest and greatest. An 8.0-inch touchscreen and color-coded menu navigation provide user inputs. Further assist features include front and rear park assist with a rear view camera, plus rollover mitigation and trailer sway control, both of which come as standard with the electronic stability control system. Soft touch surfaces for the instrument panel add a premium feel. Go for the Wildtrak model, and you’ll get unique seating with an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, plus new graphics for the gauges.

Engine options include a variety of diesel powerplants, starting with a 2.2-liter TDCi in two states of tune. For those looking for more power, there’s also 197 horsepower produced by a five-cylinder 3.2-liter TDCi. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.

Under the hood, the Ranger gets an automatic start and stop feature for improved fuel efficiency. The final drive ratios for the electric power steering system were also updated for the same purpose. Engine options include a variety of diesel powerplants, starting with a 2.2-liter TDCi in two states of tune. The base model gets 128 horsepower, while the upgraded model gets 158 horsepower. For those looking for more power, there’s also 197 horsepower produced by a five-cylinder 3.2-liter TDCi. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic, which route output to both the rear wheels exclusively, or alternatively to 4WD capability. Go for the Wildtrak and 4WD comes as standard. If efficiency is a convern, then the 158-horsepower does an impressive 6.5 liters per 100 km, or 43.5 mpg.

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As you might expect, the Ranger is well suited for off-roading, being able to wade into water that’s 31.5 inches deep. It’s also got a ground clearance measurement of 9.1 inches, plus a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle. To help get the power down, there’s an electronically controlled transfer case for quick shifting into 4X4 mode, and an electronic locking rear differential. In terms of capability, the Ranger can tow up to 7,716 pounds and haul up to 2,778 pounds. Nevertheless, Ford contends the suspension tuning was aimed at greater comfort and improved handling, with the set up as a double wishbone front and Berlin eye leaf springs in the rear. Making it stop are disc brakes in front and drum brakes in the rear.

Pricing starts at 17,795 GBP.

Exterior Dimensions

Ford Ranger exterior dimensions:
Wheelbase (inches): 126.8
Length (inches): 211.1
Height (inches): 70.9
Width (inches): 73.2
Front track (inches): 61.4
Rear track (inches): 61.4

Interior Dimensions

Ford Ranger interior dimensions:
Headroom (front / rear): 40.3 / 38.4
Leg room (front / rear): 41.7 / 35.5
Shoulder room (front / rear): 56.6 / 55.1
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo bed width: 61.4
Cargo bed length: 91.2
Cargo bed depth: 20.1
Cargo bed loading height: 32.9
Seating capacity: 5

Engine, Drivetrain, And Chassis

Ford Ranger engine, drivetrain, and chassis:
Engine type: turbocharged 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel, turbocharged 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel
Drivetrain: RWD, 4WD
Transmission: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Horsepower: 128 hp at 3,700 rpm, 158 hp at 3,700 rpm, 197 hp at 3,000 rpm
Torque: 243 pound-feet at 1,500 rpm, 284 pound-feet at 1,500 rpm, 347 at 1,500 rpm
0-to-62 mph: 11.8 seconds, 12.8 seconds, 10.9 seconds
Top speed: 109 mph
Fuel economy: 6.7 liters per 100 km, 7.3 liters per 100 km, 8.9 liters per 100 km
Curb weight: 4,257 pounds, 4,343 pounds, 4,777 pounds

Pricing And Options

Ford Ranger pricing and options:
Ford Ranger XL: 17,795 GBP
Ford Ranger XLT: 21,795 GBP
Ford Ranger Limited: 24,445 GBP
Ford Ranger Wildtrak: 27,095 GBP
Options: Nine individual exterior paint options, lockable tonneau cover, load box bedliner, hardtop canopy with side and rear windows, silver tonneau cover, tonneau cover aluminum, tow bar, Off-road pack (engine transfer case, and fuel tank underbody protection, locking rear differential for 4X4 models), plastic side step, tire pressure monitor, branded side scuff plates, vinyl floor carpeting

Read our full review on the 2015 Ford Ranger Global.

GMC Canyon Denali

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As the singular U.S. market offering in this comparison, the GMC Canyon Denali offers all the good stuff as the regular Canyon pickup, but with a more stylish, upscale treatment for the exterior and interior equipment. Kicking it off is exclusive styling, which includes a unique front grille finished in chrome, plus a polished exhaust tip. Completing the polished metal are unique 20-inch wheels in the corners, which get a machined aluminum construction and bright finish. The front bumper is also outfitted with chrome fog lamp bezels, while the sides sport standard chrome step-ups. In back is a spray-on bedliner. The body style is limited to the crew cab model. Buyers get six exterior colors to choose from for the paint.

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Inside is a bit of opulence and advanced technology, starting with Premium Jet black perforated Mulan leather on the seats, equipped as standard. There’s also a heating and ventilation feature for the front seats, and a standard heated steering wheel as well.

Inside is a bit of opulence and advanced technology, starting with Premium Jet black perforated Mulan leather on the seats, equipped as standard. There’s also a heating and ventilation feature for the front seats, and a standard heated steering wheel as well. Adding to the flair are Denali-branded doorsills and headrests, while GMC’s IntellLink infotainment system with navigation system comes as standard. An 8.0-inch diagonal color touch screen provides user inputs, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offer further smartphone support. OnStar is used for greater connectivity, throwing in a slew of remote features such as diagnostics retrieval, remote lock, and remote start. There’s also the myGMC mobile app for even greater tech cred. Providing the necessary web connection is an in-car 4G LTE network and data Wi-Fi set-up for up to seven devices. Safety and convenience features include standard stuff like Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. There’s also standard automatic climate control and a Bose seven-speaker audio system, plus an automatic climate control and two USB charging ports.

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Both RWD and 4WD are on offer. Power is derived from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which produces as much as 305 horsepower, and can tow up to 7,000 pounds with RWD. The Canyon Denali is also optionally available with 2.8-liter Duramax turbocharged diesel four-cylinder, which can tow up to 7,700 pounds in RWD configurations. Making the cog swaps is a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission, which gains a unique Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber for the torque converter, thus reducing overall NVH and enhancing the Canyon’s premium road feel. Additionally, the diesel models come equipped with a smart diesel exhaust braking feature, as well as an integrated trailer brake controller.

Pricing starts at $39,205.

Exterior Dimensions

GMC Canyon Denali exterior dimensions:
Wheelbase (inches): 128.3
Length (inches): 212.4
Height (inches): 70.6
Width (inches): 74.3
Cargo box length (inches): 61.7
Cargo box width (inches): 57.8
Cargo volume (square feet): 41.3
Ground clearance (inches): 8.2

Interior Dimensions

GMC Canyon Denali interior dimensions:
Headroom (front / rear): 41.4 / 38.3
Leg room (front / rear): 45 / 35.8
Shoulder room (front / rear): 57.5 / 56.2
Passenger volume: N/A
Seating capacity: 5

Engine, Drivetrain, And Chassis

GMC Canyon Denali engine, drivetrain, and chassis:
Engine type: 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline, turbocharged 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel
Drivetrain: RWD, 4WD
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Horsepower: 308 hp at 6,800 rpm, 181 hp at 3,400 rpm
Torque: 275 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm, 369 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm
0-to-60 mph: 7.5 seconds (est.)
Top speed: 99 mph
Fuel economy: 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway
Curb weight: 4,545 pounds

Pricing And Options

GMC Canyon Denali pricing and options:
GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab Short Box: $40,200
GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab Long Box: $40,775
Options: Six individual exterior colors, GearOn Divider Package (GearOn cargo tie-down rings, GearOn bed cargo divider), integrated trailer brake controller, exhaust brake, tonneau cover (hard rolling, one-piece hard, soft roll-up, retractable, soft tri fold, upgraded audio package (200-watt subwoofer from kicker, 200-watt DSP amp)

Read our full review on the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali.

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