Ford may not offer the Ranger in America anymore, nor Dodge (or Ram) its Dakota. But General Motors – not unlike Toyota with its Tacoma and Nissan with the Frontier – isn’t about to give up on the midsize pickup market. Less than two months ago, it revealed the new Chevrolet Colorado, and now it’s following up with its mechanical twin, the 2015 GMC Canyon.
Launched today ahead of its reveal at the Detroit Auto Show, the Canyon slots into the GMC lineup (and differentiates itself from its Chevrolet twin) with styling that closely apes the larger GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD, only a size or two smaller. Oh, there are visual differences, like a subtly different grille treatment and lower fascia, but it still maintains its big brother’s square-jawed good looks and rectilinear flared fenders.
Two aluminum-block engines with direct injection and variable valve timing are available: a 2.5-liter inline-four comes standard with 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 is available with 302 hp and 270 lb-ft. Buyers will also be able to choose between three bodystyle configurations, three trim levels and either two- or four-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic transmits the power to the road, but a six-speed manual is available on the base model with the 2.5 and 2WD, and there’s an All Terrain package available on SLE models. A diesel is expected later.
Other noteworthy features include active aero grille shutters, available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with on-board wifi, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and an available Teen Driver feature that limits speed and audio volume. Pricing has not yet been announced, but as ever, expect the letters G-M-C on the nose to equate to modestly pricier MSRP than its Bowtie-wearing cousins. There’s plenty more to digest if you’re soon to be in the market, so check out the full press release below for more.
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Official: 2015 GMC Canyon is a Chevy Colorado in Sierra clothing [w/video]