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2017 GMC Canyon Denali Preview

2017 GMC Canyon Denali Preview

By Christian Wardlaw, November 17, 2015
  • Luxury version of midsized Canyon pickup truck
  • Lots of chrome, lots of leather, lots of stuff
  • Gasoline V-6 or turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine
  • Tows up to 7,700 lbs.
  • On sale in late 2016

The word “Denali” means “the high one” in Koyukon, a version of the language once used by the Athabascan tribe in the region of Alaska where Mount Denali reaches 20,322 feet toward the sky.* In Detroit, however, “Denali” apparently means “chrome,” as evidenced by the lineup of luxury-oriented GMC trucks and SUVs that wears the name.

As evidence of this theory, consider the new chrome-dipped 2017 GMC Canyon Denali, introduced just in advance of the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The bright and shiny Canyon Denali will be available only as a crew cab model, with a gasoline V-6 or diesel 4-cylinder engine, and with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD).

Exterior Features
Wisely, GMC puts the Canyon Denali on handsome 20-in. aluminum wheels with a machined finish and dark-painted pockets, helping to tone down this truck’s glamorously bright detailing. From the unique grille, which boasts a drilled-metal appearance, to the polished exhaust tip, chrome signals the Canyon Denali’s stature as the luxury version of this pickup truck.

GMC will offer the Canyon Denali in six unannounced colors, most of them certainly metallic and costing hundreds of dollars extra.

Interior Features
Black premium leather upholstery with gray contrast stitching and “Denali” embossed on the front head restraints gives this version of the Canyon some added class. Aluminum interior trim and doorsill plates—and “Denali” embroidered floor mats—also serve to set this Canyon apart from other versions of the truck.

GMC says that standard equipment will include automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and a Bose premium audio system.

Under the Hood
A 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard equipment for the new Canyon Denali, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and either 2WD or 4WD. When properly equipped, this engine will tow up to 7,000 lbs.

For improved towing capacity and greater fuel efficiency, choose the optional 2.8-liter, turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine. It makes 181 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm, and it can tow up to 7,700 lbs. while returning up to 25 mpg in combined driving, GMC says.

GMC also says the turbodiesel engine is the cleanest one ever installed into one of its trucks, and it comes standard with a smart diesel exhaust braking system and an integrated trailer brake controller. GMC points out that the 6-speed automatic is equipped with a centrifugal pendulum vibration absorber to quell unwanted noise, vibration and harshness.

In addition to a reversing camera and OnStar subscription services, which offers an automatic crash-response system that can help speed assistance following a collision, the Canyon Denali is equipped with a Driver Alert package containing a forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning system.

The latest version of GMC’s IntelliLink touch-screen infotainment technology is standard for the new Canyon Denali. It includes an 8-in. color touch-screen display, USB port, rear-seat USB charging ports, and a turn-by-turn navigation system.

IntelliLink also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-integration platforms. Through OnStar subscription services, 4G LTE connectivity can transform the Canyon Denali into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

*Source: International Business Times:

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