Given the popularity, profitability, and general mind share power of GMC’s highly-successful Denali sub-brand, The General would be foolish not to add a Denali trim level to its all-new Canyon mid-size pickup truck. And that’s precisely what our automotive manipulators have dreamed up here, to give you an idea of how the truck will look like.
Present and accounted for in our iteration of the Canyon Denali is the usual Denali equipment, which builds on the SLT trim level: in the front, LED accent lighting joins the mesh-style chrome grille and chromed mirror caps. The Denali appearance elements extend to the side of the truck, with shiny chromed (or polished aluminum) wheels and running boards. Inside (and not pictured), we imagine supple leather chairs for both rows, a Bose surround-sound audio system hooked up to IntelliLink infotainment, and a power moonroof.
But unlike other Denali-branded GMC vehicles that some would say don’t go far enough in representing the Denali brand (we’re looking at you, Terrain and Acadia), we really hope that the Canyon Denali will be more than just an appearance package whenever it comes to market. To that end, here’s to hoping for the inclusion of GM’s new eight-speed transmission, Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) shocks, and maybe, just maybe a different engine than what’s already in store today (or will be in store next year) for the Canyon SLT or SLE. What kind of a powerplant are we talking about? A tuned variant of the 2.8-liter “Baby Duramax” I4 would do, although another option would be the 4.3-liter V6 LV3 from the Sierra/Silverado.
What do you think of the Canyon Denali rendering, and what would you like to see on the truck? Talk to us in the comments.