While all the attention has been riveted on the GMC Sierra Elevation and its standard turbocharged 2.7-liter L3B I4 engine, GMC also offers the Elevation nameplate on the Canyon midsize truck. Somehow, the fact that a GMC Canyon Elevation exists has gone all but unnoticed, probably as a result of GMC never officially announcing the vehicle.
The GMC Canyon Elevation package includes a set of blacked-out 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in P265/60R18 all-season tires, along with a dark grille and a body-color grille surround.
Unlike the Sierra Elevation, which is a trim level within the lineup, the Canyon Elevation is an aesthetics package that can be grafted onto the Canyon on SLE Crew Cab, Short Box body style. Two engine choices are available: either the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGZ engine (308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque) or the 2.8L LWN I4 turbo-diesel Duramax (181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque).
The package requires the following body colors:
- Summit White
- Onyx Black
- Dark Sky Metallic
- Red Quartz Tintcoat
- Satin Steel Metallic
The good news is that GM isn’t charging an arm and a leg for the GMC Canyon Elevation. The package only costs about $650 on top of the $34,840 starting MSRP of the Canyon SLE. But the real question is whether GMC should capitalize on the Elevation name and offer more substance for the Canyon. After all, the GMC Canyon sales are starting to lag behind the segment, falling nearly 4 percent in Q1 2019 while the entire midsize pickup truck segment grew 14 percent. A GMC Canyon Elevation powered by the turbocharged 2.0L LSY I4 engine just introduced for the 2020 GMC Acadia refresh would surely make for an interesting proposition.
Since both Chevrolet and GMC have decided to skip the previously expected 2020 mid-cycle refresh for their midsize trucks, we can understand why not much effort has been put into revamping the Canyon. We’ll have to wait for the future Canyon redesign, scheduled in a few years, for major changes to happen. In the meantime, we have this rather attractive and affordable Canyon Elevation.