The 2015 GMC Canyon was revealed on January 12, an all-new midsize truck that brings back 4-cylinder power to the lineup and will add diesel power next year.
GMC said it expects the Canyon to be the most powerful and efficient truck in the segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more while being efficient. Unfortunately, no fuel consumption figures have been released yet.
A 2.5L inline four will come standard and a 3.6L V-6 will be available.
The 2.5L four is estimated by GMC at 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available between 2,000 rpm and 6,200 rpm.
The 3.6L engine is estimated by GMC at 302 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
GMC stated SAE certification of power ratings is pending.
Both engines are said by the company to feature direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. An aluminum block, forged-steel crankshaft, dual-overhead camshafts and jet-spray piston cooling are featured on both engines. The 2.5L incorporates a two-stage variable-displacement oil pump, for greater efficiency, as well as a balance shaft located in the oil pan, for greater refinement.
GMC decided to match both engines to a six-speed automatic transmission with auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode. A six-speed manual transmission is also available with the 2.5L engine in base extended cab/2WD models.
A Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel engine will be coming to the Canyon in the 2016 model year according to GMC.
GMC added the 2015 Canyon will offer the segment’s best payload of at least 1,450 pounds (657 kg) and the segment’s best maximum towing rating (when properly equipped) of at least 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg)