Update: we now know exactly what GM has in store for its midsize pickups. Check out the full details:
Launched at the end of calendar year 2014 as 2015 model year vehicles, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups have set the U.S. and Canadian midsize truck segment ablaze by delivering modern trucks that are not only capable and attractive, but also fuel efficient and full of technology. For the 2016 model year — their second on the market — both trucks received a few minor updates and changes, the most notable of which was the introduction of the segment-exclusive 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine. That brings us to the question of what’s in store for MY 2017.
Curiously, GM has been radio silent regarding the 2017 Chevy Colorado or 2017 GMC Canyon. It has not issued any press releases, published any photos, or released any vehicle order guides for the duo. This is quite noteworthy, since all GM vehicles except for the Colorado and Canyon have either already switched over or are in the process of swapping to the 2017 model year. Not only that, but GM has already published order guides for all vehicles except for the Colorado and Canyon. Of course, this makes us surmise that something big, or perhaps unexpected, is coming for the 2017 model year of the midsizers. But what could it be?
Not knowing about what’s coming down the pike, here’s what we hope to see in the 2017 Colorado and Canyon:
- New 8LXX 8-speed automatic transmission to replace the current model’s six-speed unit
- All-new, more powerful and more refined 3.6L V-6 LGX to replace the current models 3.6L V-6 LFX. The new LGX could make in the vicinity of 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque
- The oft-rumored, even spy-photographed Colorado ZR2 off-road model
- Optional push-button start and sunroof
- HomeLink feature for convenient garage door operation
- LED DRLs for the Colorado
- Teen Driver feature for MyLink (Colorado) and IntelliLink (Canyon)
- Range-topping trim levels, such as LTZ and/or High Country for the Colorado; GMC has already announced the Canyon Denali for the 2017 model year
We should note that, even without these much-awaited features, the Colorado and Canyon have been nothing short of a runaway success: in 2015, their first year on the market, the Colorado recorded 84,430 sales, while its GMC-branded brother posted 30,077 deliveries. Both trucks are on track to roughly double those figures in calendar year 2016.
So, what updates, changes or modifications would you like to see from GM’s 2017 midsize pickups? Sound off in the comments below.