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.
AboutÂ GMC Canyon
TheÂ GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup truckÂ marketed by GM's GMC brand. It is currentlyÂ GMC's smallest pickup truck, slotting under the full-sizeÂ GMC Sierra. The current model was introduced in 2015 and represents the second generation of theÂ Canyon nameplate.Â It rides on theÂ GMT-31XX platformÂ shared with theÂ Chevy Colorado, as well as the international-marketÂ Chevrolet Colorado/S10 andÂ Chevrolet Trailblazer.Â As of September 2018, the GMCÂ CanyonÂ is offeredÂ only in the United States and Canada; it is not offered inÂ the two other markets in which GMCÂ does business -Â Mexico and the Middle East.
The 2018Â GMC Canyon represents the fourthÂ model year of the second-generation Canyon. The vehicleÂ remains highly competitive in its segment, offering two gasoline engines and aÂ diesel motor, which is a segment exclusive.Â As opposed to its Chevy-badged brother, the Chevy Colorado, theÂ Canyon does not offer an off-road-specific model like theÂ Colorado ZR2. However, the Canyon does offer a luxury-focused Canyon Denali model.Â Some of the biggestÂ criticisms of the second-gen Canyon include a lack ofÂ various desired featuresÂ wanted by many present and potential customers,Â includingÂ a moonroof, a sliding rear window, and an extreme offroad model.
The 2019Â GMC Canyon represents the fifth model year of the second-generation Canyon. The vehicle sees new exteriorÂ colors and a new set of bright silver 17-inch wheels on the SLE model. Additionally, the 2019Â Canyon gets new set of infotainment systems that represent the third generation ofÂ GMC infotainment systems, aÂ second in-cabin microphone for the front passenger, a high-definition Rear VisionÂ Camera on some models, UltraSonic Rear Park Assist, a heated steering wheel on SLT and All Terrain models, andÂ 6-way power driver seat on some models. There's alsoÂ a rearrangement ofÂ USB ports in the front and back.
A midcycle refresh for the 2020 model year is expected to bringÂ revised front and rear styling along with interior and powertrain updates.Â There's also the expectedÂ introduction of the Canyon AT4Â toÂ replace the Canyon All Terrain. TheÂ GMC Canyon is built at theÂ GM Wentzville factoryÂ inÂ Missouri operated byÂ GM USA.
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