It’s no shocker GMC is readying a Canyon Denali, seeing that every model in the brand’s lineup offers a Denali trim. The Denali sub-brand has proved to be very popular (read: profitable), even outselling entire luxury brands such as Jaguar and Porsche — not that they exactly compete, but the GMC marketing guys love that stat. The concrete proof that a Canyon Denali is coming comes from spy shots from Autoblog, showing the mid-size pick-up testing out in the open, with nothing but a mask.
The test mule may have camouflage over the front end, but that can’t hide the Denali’s chrome-mesh grille, rather than the barred unit equipped on regular Canyons. Carrying on with the chrome, a staple for any Denali vehicle, the lower air intake is now in company with a totally chromed out trim piece.
From the spy shots, the sides and the rear of the truck are identical to the current Canyon, at least for the prototype. The photographers weren’t able to capture in shots of the interior, but anticipate a standard issue usage of higher end materials for the cabin and additional tech features.
What we envision, as you can see in the accompanied rendering, the chrome-mesh grille is accompanied by LED accent lighting and chrome mirror caps. The Denali appearance elements extend to the side of the truck, with shiny chromed (or polished aluminum) wheels and running boards.
Unlike other Denali badged vehicles, we hope the Canyon takes it a little further in terms of included features. We’d love to see GM’s 8-speed automatic arrive in place of the current 6-speed unit, and even the inclusion of Magnetic Ride Control shocks would be a welcome addition for a 2016 GMC Canyon Denali. We’ll see, though. Because while the likes of the Sierra and Yukon Denali models offer powertrain, suspension and material improvements over their standard brethren, the Acadia and Terrain Denali crossovers hardly pushed any envelopes aside from some styling differences and a few options.
The likely 2016 GMC Canyon Denali prototype seems to be coming along quite well in any case, but we’d like to ask you: what do you think makes a Denali? Give us your thoughts in the comments down below.