What Is It?
The 2015 GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup truck based on the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado, which debuted last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Expected to be built in Missouri, the all-new Canyon replaces GMC's previous model, which was canceled after the 2012 model year.
On the outside, styling is all-new, and far more muscular than the old Canyon. In fact, the new pickup takes many cues from the latest GMC Sierra full-size truck, including its large grille, brawny fenders and wider track. GMC also made major changes inside the pickup, with the truck's new interior offering improved materials and upscale features, such as forward-collision alert, on-board Wi-Fi and GMC's available IntelliLink infotainment system.
At launch, the Canyon will offer two powertrains, both of which are shared with its Chevrolet Colorado stablemate. Base models will use a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 193 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, while drivers interested in more power can upgrade to a 302-hp 3.6-liter V6 that boasts 270 lb-ft. A diesel model, expected to offer excellent gas mileage and improved towing capacity, is expected to come later.
General Motors has not yet announced pricing for the Canyon or its Colorado twin, but we expect the pickups to undercut their larger GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado siblings. As a result, expect pricing to start around $19,000 and run into the mid-$30,000 range for a leather-trimmed, top-of-the-line Canyon.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because...
While the midsize pickup segment hasn't seen much new blood lately, the 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado completely change that. The new trucks boast cutting-edge convenience features, lots of safety equipment, new engines and modern styling. If you're interested in a midsize pickup and you're willing to wait a few months, the Canyon and Colorado must be on your shopping list when they debut this fall.
Other Cars to Consider
Nissan Frontier -- The Frontier offers legendary durability and a powerful V6 engine, along with reasonable pricing. But its older design means driving dynamics likely won't match up to the Canyon's.
Used GMC Sierra -- If you like the Canyon's looks but you don't want to wait until it reaches dealers, consider a used Sierra instead. The Sierra is larger, giving it more capability, and it boasts muscular V8 power -- something the Canyon can't match.