Like its 2016 Chevrolet Colorado brother with the 2.8L Duramax diesel engine, the 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax diesel will be available this fall. Total output is good for an SAE-certified 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque while a Hydra-Matic 6l50 six-speed automatic helps put power to pavement.
The Duramax option box can be ticked on SLE and SLT Crew Cab models with 2WD or 4WD and, like the Colorado, buyers will be asked to fork over an extra $3,700 for the privilege.
“A diesel engine was part of the Canyon’s portfolio plan from the beginning, meaning the chassis, suspension and other elements of its architecture were engineered to support it,” said Scott Yackley, assistant chief engineer. “That means there are no compromises with the Canyon diesel. It offers exceptional capability delivered with a confident feeling of control.”
To be sure, the Duramax Canyon will ask for full-size truck money in its more approachable and nimble mid-size package. Yet buyers have been snatching these trucks up nearly as fast as GM can build them. Therefore, we feel it’s safe to assume that demand will continue with this highly anticipated new engine option.