GMC Canyon mid-size truck adds Denali + All Terrain X trims

2017, GMC, Canyon

The 2017 editions of Canyon, GMC's mid-size truck, include new luxe Denali models as well as a rugged off-road All Terrain X package for Canyon SLE with 4-wheel-drive.

Canyon returned to the GMC line in 2015 after a 2-year absence with a bumper-to-bumper redo that produced two cab variations designed with more personal space and more comfort features, trim tiers ranging from work-truck primary to leather-loaded fancy, and a truckload of high-tech electronic controls to make the vehicle downright comfortable and safe to drive.

Exterior styling for Canyon borrows design elements from GMC's full-size Sierra truck and projects a powerful face dominated by a slat-bar grille and corner headlamp clusters. The overall shape of the vehicle is rather cubistic with squarish corners yet aerodynamic concessions like the sloping aluminum hood and canted windshield. The prow houses active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance aerodynamics.

Cabs consist of an Extended Cab with two rear-hinged doors set behind the two front doors, and the Crew Cab with four conventional front-hinged doors.

Canyon Extended Cab gains extra space behind first-row seats with a flat-load floor. There's a pair of jump seats in the rear plus below-seat storage bins.

Canyon Crew Cab installs a rear bench with enough room to house three full-body adults comfortably. Front seats in the Crew Cab consist of twin buckets with a center console and floor-mounted shifter.

There are two different lengths for the rear truck box -- 6'2" (74 inches) and 5'2" (62 inches), each with CornerStep bumpers, 2-tier loading system, bed rail and tailgate protectors and 13 tie-down locations plus optional EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate with internal torsion bar and a spray-in bed liner. Canyon Extended Cab comes with the 6'2" box while Canyon Crew Cab lists both box lengths.

Canyon trims consist of Base, SLE, SLT and new Denali, each available in rear-wheel 2-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive.

To propel the 2017 Canyon trucks, GMC offers three high-tech engines.

The standard plant is a 2.5-liter aluminum 4-in-line engine which develops 200 hp at 6300 rpm and 191 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. Shifter choices are the Eaton N80 6-speed manual or the Hydra-Matic 6L50 6-speed automatic.

The optional engine is an aluminum 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp at 6800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. It links to a new electronically controlled 8-speed automatic, the Hydra-Matic 8L45.

And the optional new Duramax 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel delivers 181 hp at 3400 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm. This plant boosts Canyon's maximum trailering rating to 7700 pounds as the EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers climb to 22/31 mpg city/highway.

The new Denali tag -- drawn from the language of Alaska Athabascan people meaning "the High One" of Mt. McKinley, tallest peak on the North America continent -- represents the top edition of Canyon Crew Cab in a leather-bound issue rolling on 20-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels.

Canyon Crew Cab Denali trucks tote tubular chrome assist steps, a polished exhaust tip with the V6 engine and a spray-on bed liner.

In the cabin, the Denali trim brings Jet Black interior features with leather-clad heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Automatic climate controls, a remote starter, the GMC IntelliLink package with navigation and 8-inch color touchscreen, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, three USB charging ports, 7-speaker Bose premium audio systems and driver-assist safety equipment like Forwarding Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

The new All Terrain X package for Canyon SLE 4-wheel-drive models adds unique 17-inch aluminum wheels and Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac P255/65R17 all-terrain tires. An off-road suspension system and transfer case shield, electronic Hill Descent Control, 3-inch-diameter round step bars, spray-on bed liner, remote starter, automatic climate controls, sliding rear window and heated front seats with red stitching.

Canyon All Terrain models require the 3.6-liter V6 or new 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine.

The MSRP chart for GMC's 2017 Canyon line extends from $20,940 (Extended Cab SL-2WD) to $43,120 (Crew Cab Denali-4WD).

By Bob Plunkett

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