After listening to customer feedback, General Motors has finally added rear park assist to the 2019 GMC Canyon. We already covered the addition of the feature for the 2019 Chevy Colorado, but there are several intricacies that make the Canyon different.
Rear parking sensors are a feature that many feel should have been included on the GMC Canyon (and its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado) long ago. Sure, these might be mid-size trucks, but they can still be fairly cumbersome to park, especially in tight spaces.
How It Works
Just like on the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado, the 2019 GMC Canyon uses GM’s UltraSonic park assist system. Four ultrasonic sensors mounted on the truck’s bumper flank the cutout for the rear license plate frame.
The sensors detect the distance to nearby objects and send both a visual and audio alert to the cabin to alert the driver. The system will automatically engage when the vehicle is shifted into reverse gear. The UltraSonic sensors have a range of up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) and are capable of detecting objects within a range of 10 inches (25 cm) off the ground and below bumper level.
The system also activates a visual graphic on the Driver Information Center of the 2019 GMC Canyon when the driver puts the truck in reverse, providing a visual reference of where detected objects are. As the truck gets closer to an object, the reference bars will change from yellow to orange and finally to red. The system will also beep at a progressively faster rate as the vehicle gets closer to an object.
On the 2019 Canyon, UltraSonic rear parking sensors are assigned GM RPO Code UD7. Availability for the sensors varies by trim level.
- N/A – Not Available.
- A – Available.
- S – Standard.
- 1 – Requires (PCM) Convenience Package. Not available with (N8D) 6-Speed manual transmission.
- 2 – Requires (PCM) Convenience Package.
- 3 – Included and only available with (PCW) Driver Alert Package.
- 4 – Included with (HQ1) leather-appointed interior.
As you can see, UltraSonic park assist is available through options packages on all models except for the entry-level Canyon SL. They come standard on the SLT and Denali trims.
The GM Authority Take
With the mid-size segment getting much more competitive in coming years, GM will need to stay up to date with the GMC Canyon (and Chevrolet Colorado). The 2019 Ford Ranger will soon go on sale, while the highly-anticipated 2020 Jeep
Scrambler Gladiator is set to join the segment in 2019. Meanwhile, rumor has it that Hyundai will also attempt to enter the midsize truck fray in 2020.
As such, it’s nice to see The General offering new features on the Canyon for 2019, but it also needs to get the mid-cycle updates for the truck right – which are expected for the 2020 model year.
About GMC Canyon
The GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup truck marketed by GM's GMC brand. It is currently GMC's smallest pickup truck, slotting under the full-size GMC Sierra. The current model was introduced in 2015 and represents the second generation of the Canyon nameplate. It rides on the GMT-31XX platform shared with the Chevy Colorado, as well as the international-market Chevrolet Colorado/S10 and Chevrolet Trailblazer. As of September 2018, the GMC Canyon is offered only in the United States and Canada; it is not offered in the two other markets in which GMC does business - Mexico and the Middle East.
The 2018 GMC Canyon represents the fourth model year of the second-generation Canyon. The vehicle remains highly competitive in its segment, offering two gasoline engines and a diesel motor, which is a segment exclusive. As opposed to its Chevy-badged brother, the Chevy Colorado, the Canyon does not offer an off-road-specific model like the Colorado ZR2. However, the Canyon does offer a luxury-focused Canyon Denali model. Some of the biggest criticisms of the second-gen Canyon include a lack of various desired features wanted by many present and potential customers, including a moonroof, a sliding rear window, and an extreme offroad model.
The 2019 GMC Canyon represents the fifth model year of the second-generation Canyon. The vehicle sees new exterior colors and a new set of bright silver 17-inch wheels on the SLE model. Additionally, the 2019 Canyon gets new set of infotainment systems that represent the third generation of GMC infotainment systems, a second in-cabin microphone for the front passenger, a high-definition Rear Vision Camera on some models, UltraSonic Rear Park Assist, a heated steering wheel on SLT and All Terrain models, and 6-way power driver seat on some models. There's also a rearrangement of USB ports in the front and back.
A midcycle refresh for the 2020 model year is expected to bring revised front and rear styling along with interior and powertrain updates. There's also the expected introduction of the Canyon AT4 to replace the Canyon All Terrain. The GMC Canyon is built at the GM Wentzville factory in Missouri operated by GM USA.
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