2017 GMC Canyon Diesel, Denali

The success of its luxury-focused midsized pickup truck Canyon has inspired GM to revamp the lineup for 2017. The Canyon locks horns with rivals like Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, and Honda Ridgeline. For 2017, GM is adding new trims to the Canyon lineup along with an engine revamp. As expected, styling changes are there but they are not drastic. It looks like the 2017 GMC Canyon lineup has the potential to give the rivals a run for their money.

2017 GMC Canyon front

2017 GMC Canyon – Striking Features:

Design wise, there is not much change to the 2017 Canyon range. The square and boxy build continue across the models. However, for 2017, GM has added 2 new and spruced up trims- Denali and All Terrain X, the last one clearly for off-road enthusiasts. The regular Canyon, SL, SLE and SLT trims will be there. While Denali will only have crew cab build, others trims will also have extended cab style. The 2017 Canyon models will sport three new hues- Red Quartz Metallic, Mineral Metallic, and Dark Slate Metallic. The Denali gets chrome coated cheese grater type grille and chrome accents on several exterior parts.

The interior of 2017 GMC Canyon is well designed and in Denali, it is absolutely luxurious. Standard features are a seven-inch touch screen, IntelliLink radio, and Teen Driver Mode. The Denali gets special heated leather seats and aluminum trims. In All Terrain X, the attractions are Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires as well as all-weather floor liners. They may sound not so important but rivals like Ram Power Wagon and siblings like Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss use the same tires.

2017 GMC Canyon interior

2017 GMC Canyon – Engine:

The power train used in the 2017 GMC Canyon has been spruced up. The models get a new 2.5-liter inline-4, 3.6-liter V-6 engine as standard and you may go for the beefy 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine too. The engines are mated with a new 8-speed automatic transmission unit. Towing capacity for 2WD models is 7000 pounds while 4WD models get 7700 pounds towing capacity.


The GMC Canyon 2017 gets plenty of safety and infotainment features. All trims get features like Rear Vision Camera, Floor carpeting, Theft-deterrent system, Daytime Running Lamps, StabiliTrak stability control system and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

SLE trim gets additional features like Remote Keyless Entry, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar1 with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Aluminum interior trim. In SLT trim you get Remote vehicle starter system, heated driver and front seats.

In Denali trim, you get Bose seven-speaker audio system, heated steering wheel, navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen, 20-inch aluminum wheels. In All Terrain X trim level, you get automatic climate control, unique interior trim. Both top trims get forward collision warning as well as lane departure warning.

2017 GMC Canyon rear

2017 GMC Canyon – Price and Release Date:

The 2017 GMC Canyon will reach the showrooms for sale soon. However, GM is yet to reveal the pricing for the trims. Considering the price of 2016 versions, base Canyon may start at $22,000 while the price for top end Denali trim may start at $45,000.

The 2017 GMC Canyon is well equipped to take on the competition in the midsized truck segment. The expansion of lineup helps GM cater to wide range of buyers. Its new powertrain is also a welcome addition. The Denali trim will satisfy luxury seeking truck buyers while the new All Terrain X trim is meant for off-road lovers.

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