After a brief hiatus from the compact pickup truck market, GMC, America’s truck company, will return to the market in 2015 with the GMC Canyon. The representatives at GMC have promised this new vehicle will have a personality all its own instead of being a junior version of the full sized Sierra.
New and Vastly Improved
One of the reasons General Motors was forced out of the compact pickup truck market was the domestic demand for compact SUV’s over compact pickup trucks. However, there is still a market for people who want the towing and hauling capabilities of a pickup truck without the disappointing fuel mileage associated with the larger trucks. One of the most notable improvements that the 2015 Canyon will have over the now extinct GMC Avalanche is an available 3.6 liter V-6 engine which is capable of producing 302 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque. For the more fuel conscious, the base trim will include a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder.
Better towing and Hauling
A well-equipped Canyon will have the ability to tow around 6,700 lbs which is very respectable for a compact pickup. The Canyon will have an available 5 foot or 6 foot long truck bed. An extended cab version will also be available for more cabin space.
The exterior of the truck has been kept under lock and key though sneak peeks have shown it to be built more like the workhorse Sierra than the contoured body of the Colorado. The interior of the truck will benefit from the advancements made available by the digital revolution. The driver can integrate his or her smartphone to the truck. The large touchscreen interface is another nice touch for the interior of such an affordable vehicle. Features such as adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring also add to the truck’s appeal without making it unaffordable.
The 2015 GMC Canyon should be available to the general public by the late fall of 2014. Its arrival will be one of the most anticipated debuts of a compact pickup in recent memory. There is no MSRP available at that time but representatives from GMC have suggested the price tag on the base trim could be less than $17,000.
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