The second-generation GMC Canyon has been a solid sales performer: the midsize truck accounted for 30,077 U.S. deliveries during its first full year on the market in 2015, climbing to 37,449 deliveries in 2016. In 2017, the vehicle is on track to deliver similar sales volume as it did in 2015. And for the 2018 model year, the midsizer is getting some changes, updates and new features.
On the outside, the 2018 Canyon gets two exterior colors and loses two others:
- Cyber Gray Metallic
- Bronze Alloy Metallic
- Marine Blue Metallic
- Satin Steel Metallic
Inside, the base (IO3) 4.2-inch diagonal display radio with AM/FM stereo, which was standard on the entry-level SL (2SA) and Canyon (2VL/4VL) models for the 2017 model year, has been deleted. In its place is the (IOB) GMC IntelliLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen, USB ports, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones, App Shop, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The unit becomes standard equipment on the SL and Canyon trims. For the 2017 model year, the IOB unit was available on the Canyon (2VL/4VL) trim level. Meanwhile, the SLE, All-Terrain and SLT trims get the (IO5) MyLink radio with 8-inch diagonal touch screen, while the range-topping Canyon Denali gets IO6 — the same unit as IO5 but with embedded navigation; IO6 is optional on the Canyon SLE, All-Terrain, and SLT.
Those paying close attention will have noticed that the infotainment-related changes contain a trim level called All Terrain. That’s no mistake — the 2018 Canyon gets a new trim called All Terrain (4SB) after the start of production. Containing the equipment of the 4WD Canyon SLE, the new Canyon All Terrain trim level/model adds the following equipment:
- (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package
- (JHD) Hill Descent Control
- (R1U) 17″ x 8″ Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum wheels
- (QHE) P255/65R17 all-terrain blackwall tires
- (S1K) 16″ x 7″ steel spare wheel
- (ZJJ) P265/70R16 all-season, blackwall spare tire
- (VT5) body-color rear bumper
- (NY7) transfer case shield
- (HJX) Jet Black/ Cobalt Red cloth interior
- (KA1) Heated front seats
- (AAQ) 4-way power front passenger seat adjuster
- (AL9) power driver lumbar control
- (AT9) power front passenger lumbar control
- New grille insert and lower bumper fascia specific to the All-Terrain model (which was not available for the 2015, 2016 or 2017 models)
By comparison, the 2017 GMC Canyon offered these features (except for the unique grille) as part of the All Terrain package, which was available only on the Canyon SLE 4WD.
The 2018 GMC Canyon also does away with the DL6 mirrors and replaces them with the DG6 heated power-adjustable, body-color outside mirrors. The new DL6 mirrors are standard and only available on the SLE and All-Terrain trim levels, while the other trim levels continue with DG6 mirros. At this point, we’re not certain about the difference between the outgoing mirror and the new set.
Still absent from the Canyon are several much-desired features, such as a moonroof, HID headlamps and more.
The updates and changes described here are specific to the U.S. market and may be different for other markets.