The GMC Canyon will initially be offered only with gasoline engines, GM noted, with an optional Duramax 2.8 liter turbodiesel engine earmarked to be added in the 2016 model year.
Mary Barra, GM’s CEO-elect, headlined the introduction of the Canyon at NAIAS and stressed that it is part of the OEM’s “three-truck strategy” in North America. “[We want] to let buyers choose precisely the right truck for their needs: Light Duty, Heavy Duty or Midsize,” she said during the Canyon presentation. “The midsize truck segment is especially interesting [as] other manufacturers have either ignored it or abandoned it.”
Canyon models equipped with the 8-inch IntelliLink screen will also feature a new in-car app marketplace dubbed “GMC AppShop” that will allow customers to download apps directly to their IntelliLink system and organize, update or delete them throughout the life of the vehicle. Available apps will connect drivers to music, news, weather, travel information, vehicle data and more, GM said.
Three body configurations will also be offered for the Canyon: An extended cab model with a six-foot bed, a crew cab with a five-foot bed and a crew cab with a six-foot bed. With the tailgate down, the six-foot bed allows eight-foot-long items to be hauled within the vehicle, GM noted.
The OEM is also offering “Teen Driver,” which is a new, configurable IntelliLink feature that allows parents to set a radio volume limit, establish a speed warning set between 40 and 70 mph, and set a speed limiter.
GM North America President Mark Ruess also helped introduce the 2015 GMC Canyon at the Russell Industrial Center before the opening of media days for the North American International Auto Show.
In terms of warranty and service programs, GMC’s ProGrade protection program is being offered for two years/24,000 miles – whichever comes first – of scheduled maintenance as a standard feature, which covers four oil changes, tire rotations and 27-point inspections. In addition, a three-year/36,000-mile (whichever comes first) plus bumper-to-bumper limited vehicle warranty and five-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) powertrain limited warranty are also included.
A photo from the 2105 GMC Canyon reveal showing off the pickup's headlight configuration.
The GMC Canyon will be offered in base, SLE and SLT models, with two-wheel and four-wheel drive options and what the OEM calls an “aggressively styled” all-terrain package for the SLE version.
The 2015 GMC Canyon will be assembled at GM’s Wentzville, MO, assembly plant, with production slated to start in the fall of 2014.
General Motors unveiled its new 2105 GMC Canyon mid-size pickup this week at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the twin to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado unveiled by the OEM in November of 2013. (All photos courtesy of GM.)
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