Recently, GMC announced an expansion of their 2017 GMC Canyon midsize truck offerings led by the (expected) range-topping Canyon Denali and a new, off-road-inspired All Terrain X model. Both were revealed for the first time last week at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.
The 2017 GMC Denali Canyon reflects the premium attributes of all GMC Denali models including chrome exterior details and unique wheels, along with exclusive interior trim and content. It also features a new, more powerful 3.6L V-6 engine paired with an all-new, segment-first, eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new V6 powertrain is offered across the entire Canyon lineup for 2017, including the new All Terrain X package, which makes the already popular All Terrain model even more capable on the trail, as it’s now equipped with Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires, all-weather floor liners and more.
For 2017, 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 a spray-on bedliner. On the inside, the 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.
Other standard Canyon Denali premium features include heated steering wheel, GMC IntelliLink with Navigation and an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, Bose premium seven-speaker audio system, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, Automatic climate control, full-color driver information center, Remote Start, USB charging ports on the rear of the center console and another inside the console, and Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
All Terrain X
Already very popular in the Canyon lineup as the All Terrain model of the SLE trim, the All Terrain X will be powered by the new V6 and run on Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac P255/65R17 all-terrain tires. Off-road features already included on the All Terrain are an off-road suspension, transfer case shield, Hill Descent Control and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels. Other distinctive features are the body-color grille surround and rear step bumper, unique interior with red stitching and heated front seats, 3-inch-diameter round step bars, Spray-on Bedliner, Remote start, automatic climate control and sliding rear window.
The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine is also available on the All Terrain X.
3.6L V-6 and Eight-speed Automatic
The new 3.6L/8L45 eight-speed powertrain combination offers stronger, more confident acceleration and smoother shift performance than the Canyon’s previous V-6/six-speed combination, says GMC. The new 3.6L is rated to deliver 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque and will tow up to a whopping 7,000 pounds – second only to the segment-leading available 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is rated at 7,700 pounds.
All 2017 GMC Canyon mid-size pickups will include the following new or updated features: IntelliLink radio with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, standard Teen Driver Mode through IntelliLink, available heated steering wheel and new exterior colors, which are dubbed ‘Dark Slate Metallic’, ‘Mineral Metallic’ and ‘Red Quartz Metallic’. (And we call them ‘catchy’ – ed.)
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. In the meantime, if in Dallas you can see them up at the State Fair of Texas, which runs through October 23rd. State Fair of Texas link: http://bigtex.com/