What’s GM Planning For The 2017 Chevy Colorado And GMC Canyon?77
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.
More On Colorado And Canyon
- 2015 Chevrolet Colorado information
- 2016 Chevrolet Colorado information
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- Chevy Colorado ZR2 information
- Chevy Colorado sales numbers
- Chevy Colorado news
- 2015 GMC Canyon information
- 2016 GMC Canyon information
- 2017 GMC Canyon information
- GMC Canyon sales numbers
- GMC Canyon news
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Did everyone forget already how great a manual is? I want a six speed manual with the v6.
Hey how about an 8 speed transmission for the 1/2 ton with the 4.3 first? That is an awesome engine and would be even more so with 2 more gears.
Would love to see a ZQ8.
Would love to see a manual trans behind the V-6.
Would love to see the manual trans in upper trim levels.
All of this is probably not going to happen.
Another option ,the diesel added to all models, from WT to top model. If not the 5.3 then the 4.3 with more power and torque . A little more ground clearance . I believe that the Colorado will be future full size 1/2 ton pickup, that is why i listed the 5.3 as the top engine! I also believe that the Silverado will move up to the light duty (2000 series ) 3/4 ton pickup truck.j
Another option ,the diesel added to all models, from WT to top model. If not the 5.3 thin the 4.3 with more power and torque . A little more ground clearance . I believe that the Colorado will be future full size 1/2 ton pickup, that is why i listed the 5.3 as the top engine! I also believe that the Silverado will move up to the light duty (2000 series ) 3/4 ton pickup truck.
I’m content with my 2016 BUT if they put a 5.3 in them, I’ll trade in a heartbeat. For those who say a v8 wont fit, it’s already been proven to fit a ls1 and a ls6. Just saying…
I don’t need my big Silverado but the Colorado is still too high off the ground and lacks headroom and any sort of interior finish… should be totally redone inside front and back. I would have bought one but it was so damned high off the ground and then the interior took all the space.. no versatility and a bit too narrow… they got the right idea but not a home run.
Add a CD Player. Move the gear shifter to the steering column. V8 engine.
Version of the LGX is already confirmed via the GM vin cards, its called LGZ.
But not an L86.
8-10 way power seats instead of the 4 way power seat.
These mid size trucks are a good start. But now they need a re-do. At least one option to be lower to the ground for shorter people and a bit more headroom. They need to either be wider or the interior space needs to be planned a bit better and definitely more versatile particularly in the back so that ANY cargo, pets or passengers can be accommodated easily. I would like to see the interior closer to the Silverado LTZ in all respects… I think the truck is about 4″ too narrow.
Purchased a 2016 Canyon in May. Would like to see an indicator in the instrument cluster when the 4 X 4 is being used as is not easily visible on the control knob. Also power up and down rear window.
Give us back the First Generation Colorado. That was a trucker’s truck. This new Colorado is a limousine and iPad on wheels.
I like to see the original one but beefed up and with bells and whistles… I just don’t like this cause it isn’t really useful… too high off the ground.. cab and bed and just not a truck truck.. recreational type truck…
In 2017 Canyon Denali a V8 5.3 355hp, 383 lb/ft and 8-speed automatic transmission=> PURE LOVE!!!
already know this from interal sources and dealership info. 2017 is a somewhat flat year. 2018 will be a refresh.
rain sensing wipes
Would really like a Moon Roof Option and more importantly lighter color interior choices – The black interior is HOT in the SUMMER especially in the Midwest and Southern locations. Dark colors absorb the heat.
I have had no real problems with the black interior. A window shade and the silver paint takes care of that I guess and I live way down south.
UPGRADE DIC 4WD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No need to wonder anymore… all the info is out.
No changes to the diesel Canyon/Colorado
New V6 mated to an 8-speed transmission…
Capless fuel fill on the V6
Denali only options:
Wireless phone charging
Heated steering wheel
Front ventilated seats
Wheels, 20″ (50.9 cm) Ultra-Bright machined aluminum with painted accents
Mineral Metallic – only available for the Denali
Other things that I found (not Denali specific)
NEW! Teen Driver mode, a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen’s driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
NEW! LPO, Stripe Package, low gloss Black, includes hood, tailgate and lower doors
NEW! LPO, Stripe Package, low gloss Black, includes hood and tailgate
New optional audio system and fog lights for the base trim…
NEW! Audio system, 7″ diagonal Color Touch Screen with IntelliLink, AM/FM with USB ports, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones, voice-activated technology for radio and phone; and “Shop” with the ability to browse, select and install apps to your vehicle. You can customize your content with audio, weather and more
NEW! LPO, Front fog lamp kit
Chrome appearance package for the SLE – really!! But what about an all color matched painted package for the SLT!!! arghhh!!
NEW! LPO, SLE Chrome Appearance Package, includes (VKY) Chrome door handles, LPO, (SCZ) Chrome tailgate handle, LPO, (VKU) Chrome mirror caps, LPO and (VQZ) polished exhaust tip, LPO
Colors were already mentioned
NEW! Mineral Metallic – only available for the Denali
NEW! Dark Slate Metallic
NEW! Red Quartz Metallic