DETROIT – The interior of the 2015 Canyon is designed to be comfortable and well equipped, while delivering the connectivity features that are essential for customers with active lifestyles. The cabin also boasts exceptional attention to detail and premium materials such as soft-touch materials and aluminum trim on the instrument panel of SLE and SLT models.
With customers who also own or likely transitioned out of a car, the Canyon’s interior design blends elements of its full-size sibling, the Sierra, with those typically found in more personal vehicles such as sports coupes – including standard front bucket seats and a center console with a floor-mounted shifter.
“We tailored the Canyon’s interior for those who need the attributes of a truck, but aren’t necessarily looking for the full-size truck experience,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design and User Experience. “Some of the true truck cues are there, but it’s an environment that’s definitely more personal and refined.”
The central element is an upright instrument panel with large instruments and a prominent driver information center is similar to Sierra. A center console-mounted shifter is similar to those found in midsize cars and crossovers. Sculpted door panels blend into the instrument panel for a seamless appearance, while also making it easier to enter and exit the vehicle.
Canyon’s seats are designed for long-haul comfort and wear, too. They use dual-firmness foam for greater comfort on long drives and high-wear, stain-resistant cloth seating trim. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, and heated front leather seats are standard on SLT (and included with All Terrain). The All-Terrain package features exclusive color and trim details, including embossed seatbacks and unique contrast stitching.
And when it comes to storage, the Canyon offers plenty of options, including an upper-instrument panel storage bin (when not equipped with the up-level audio system) and a large glove box volume. There’s also generous room in full-width rear under-seat storage bins, as well as:
Comfort is enhanced with technologies, connectivity and other features that support owners’ daily and recreational lives including a 3.5-inch-diagonal driver information screen in the instrument cluster (4.2-inch-diagonal multi-color display on SLE and SLT).
Interior colors choices include Jet Black, Jet Black/Dark Ash, Cocoa/Dune and Jet Black/Cobalt Red (All Terrain). Additional content for Canyon’s base, SLE and SLT models includes:
Canyon SLE – includes all of the standard features of the base model, plus:
Canyon SLT – includes all of the standard features of the SLE model, plus:
IntelliLink and OnStar 4G LTE
GMC IntelliLink is standard on SLE and SLT models, and available the base model. It combines with available OnStar to bring infotainment technology to Canyon at a time more and more consumers are buying smartphones. IntelliLink extends the OnStar experience from safety and security to information and entertainment by seamlessly integrating the capability of a smartphone into the vehicle so that hand-held phones may be safely stowed while driving.
Enhanced connectivity and convenience with IntelliLink includes text message support and Siri Eyes Free. With text message support, the driver can be alerted to new messages and can have them read aloud, view and respond to them with preset messages by voice (functionality depends on the smartphone). Siri Eyes Free enables iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 users to access Siri via the steering wheel controls and check calendar entries, have text messages read and respond to them, place calls or call up music.
Android phone users can also use the steering wheel controls to access their phone’s voice recognition features.
Additional IntelliLink features include:
Complementing IntelliLink to enhance Canyon’s connectivity is new OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, whichever comes first. And with OnStar, customers have a powerful antenna built right in to the vehicle's electrical system.
At the time of purchase, six months OnStar Directions and Connections includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as Turn-by-Turn navigation.
Five years of OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped), and activate the horn and lights from anywhere with a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of vehicle systems – including the engine, transmission and anti-lock brakes – and sends a diagnostic update to the owner via email; and Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer to simplify service scheduling. Basic plan does not include any emergency services.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.