2015 GMC Canyon Carves a New Path

Segment’s first premium midsize truck delivers capability with signature refinement


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DETROIT – The 2015 GMC Canyon is an all-new midsize truck that redefines the segment and raises the bar for everything from horsepower and efficiency to refinement – and it gives GMC one of the only three-truck lineups in the industry.

“The all-new Canyon is the segment’s first premium midsize truck, delivering class-leading capabilities with the brand’s signature refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It’s an efficiently sized, maneuverable package for customers who want the cargo-hauling and trailering versatility of a truck without the size of a full-size pickup.”

Based on a proven global architecture and engineered for the unique demands and driving conditions of North American drivers, the new Canyon offers the segment’s best horsepower – 200 horsepower (149 kW) from a standard 2.5L I-4 and 305 horsepower (227 kW) from an available 3.6L V-6 – along with an available maximum trailering rating (when properly equipped) of 7,000 pounds (3,175 kg).

It also offers segment-best highway efficiency: EPA-estimated 27 mpg for 2.5L 2WD models and 26 mpg for 3.6L 2WD models, when properly equipped.

Canyon is the only truck in the segment to offer AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive, which allows the driver to select manual 4WD engagement or automatic engagement.

“Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Canyon will offer all the capability with confidence – and GMC’s signature refinement that complements active lifestyles,” said Aldred. “It also delivers the technology customers want with more standard features.”

Canyon is offered in base, SLE and SLT models, in 2WD and 4WD, and with an aggressively styled All-Terrain package offered on SLE models. It includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels wrapped with all-terrain tires, a body-color grille surround with horizontal chrome bars, a body-color rear bumper, front tow hooks, hill descent control and specific suspension tuning. It also includes a power-adjustable front passenger seat.

Customer-focused technologies include available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, segment-first available driver alert features such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning and a standard rear-vision camera.

OnStar with 4G LTE and its standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, whichever comes first.

Designed for capability, comfort and refinement

Inside and out, the 2015 Canyon is pure GMC, with a quiet, refined interior distinguished by premium materials and a commanding exterior presence that emulates the technology-infused design aesthetic introduced on the 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD models.

Bold front-end styling incorporates the segment’s only standard projector beam headlamps and GMC’s LED signature lighting. Three body configurations are offered: An extended cab model with a six-foot two-inch bed, a crew cab with a five-foot two-inch bed, and a crew cab with a six-foot two-inch bed. With the tailgate down, the longer bed allows eight-foot-long items to be hauled within the vehicle.

From a refinement standpoint, the Canyon features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides, like the 2014 Sierra, for improved aerodynamic performance and a quiet interior. It also features the segment’s first active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance efficiency through improved aerodynamics.

And to help keep overall mass down and improve the front-to-rear weight balance, the Canyon features an all-new aluminum hood.

Additional features include:

  • Segment-first CornerStep rear bumper design, pioneered on the 2014 Sierra, is standard. It is chrome on all models, except All Terrain, which is body-color
  • Segment-first EZ Lift-and-Lower locking tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar to make raising the tailgate easier with one hand, and a damper for more-controlled lowering. It is standard on SLE and SLT models, and available on base models
  • Thirteen reconfigurable and four stationary tie-down locations throughout the bed for use with available, removable cargo tie-down rings
  • Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife™ rotors that can double the service life.

A diverse collection of work- and lifestyle-supporting accessories is offered, including everything from a bed liner and innovative cargo management system to a custom tonneau cover, removable cargo rings, tool box and more.

Inside, the Canyon is designed to be comfortable, well equipped and connected. A bold, upright instrument panel with large instruments and a central driver information center is similar to Sierra. There’s also an eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen radio that’s standard on SLE and SLT. Navigation is available on SLT. The touch screen is the control panel for the available GMC IntelliLink infotainment system, which features gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition, along with Siri Eyes Free Mode for compatible iPhone users.

Safety features

With 360 degrees of available active and passive safety technologies, Canyon is designed to help keep occupants safe on the road, with standard features including:

  • Six air bags, including head curtain side air bags that can also reduce the risk of occupant ejection
  • Large rearview mirrors and rear-vision camera system for greater visibility
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control (All Terrain).

A Driver Alert Package is available on SLE and SLT models (except All Terrain), and includes segment-first forward collision alert and lane departure warning.

Manufacturing and factory support

Canyon is built at GM’s Wentzville, Mo. assembly plant, with globally sourced parts, which underwent a $513-million investment to support production of GM’s new midsize trucks. The investment secured 1,315 jobs at the plant, and a new third shift will add another 750 jobs beginning next year.

GMC backs Canyon customers with the ProGrade protection program, delivering two years/24,000 miles (whichever comes first) of scheduled maintenance. It is standard on all models and covers four services of an oil change, tire rotation and 27-point inspection. It complements the three-year/36,000-mile (whichever comes first) bumper-to-bumper limited vehicle warranty and five-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) powertrain limited warranty for peace of mind.

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.

2015 GMC Canyon Crew Cab SLT in Cyber Gray Metallic with bike rack

The 2015 GMC Canyon has a wide range of work and activity products designed to match the truck’s capabilities with integrated functionality and designs that complement its distinctive styling.

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