Take a closer look. That’s not a GMC Sierra 1500 you’re looking at. But you could fool somebody into thinking that it is. And that’s how close in appearance the 2015 GMC Canyon is to the larger Sierra 1500. We would nickname it the Sierra 1000 if we knew the name would catch on, but it won’t. So, 2015 GMC Canyon it is.
Like the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, the 2015 GMC Canyon features a North American-spec frame, sharing bits of the full-size K2XX architecture and the international GMI700 platform in its structural design. Unlike the 2015 Colorad0, however, the new Canyon adheres to the design of its full-sized brethren, unapologetically borrowing design cues from the GMC Sierra family, while the 2015 Colorado distances itself from the Silverado family. However, the Colorado and Canyon continue to share similar powertrains, just like the previous-generation models.
At launch, the 2015 GMC Canyon will feature a 2.5L four cylinder (good for 193 hp) as well as the 3.6L six cylinder (for
306 302 hp) LFX engine. By the 2016 model year, a 2.8L Duramax diesel engine will join the arsenal. All are expected to lead their classes in power and fuel efficiency. Granted, the midsized truck segment as it stands is more stale than a forgotten bag of open potato chips from Thanksgiving, which should give the Canyon (and Colorado) an advantage out of the gate.
The 2015 GMC Canyon also rejuvinates the midsized truck segement with active aero grille shutters, available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with on-board Wi-Fi, as well as a forward collision alert system. For the off-the-beaten-path types, there’s an All-Terrain off-road package with a unique suspension setup and body work that also doubles as the range-topping model at launch. There’s no word on a Denali model yet, but considering every other GMC model has a Denali variant, it would be strange if the new Canyon didn’t have one.