2015 GMC Canyon Preview

Jeff Youngs | Jan 13, 2014
  • Midsize pickup truck
  • Gives GMC dealers a three-truck strategy, offering a size and capability for every need
  • Extended-cab and crew-cab styles
  • 4-cylinder and V-6 engine choices
  • Two-wheel and 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • Claimed segment best towing and payload capacities
  • Optional All-Terrain package for off-road duty
  • Standard ProGrade Protection plan with free maintenance
  • Many new infotainment and safety technologies


Based on the debut of the redesigned 2015 GMC Canyon at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, General Motors evidently sees a market opportunity for modern trucks that are smaller than full-size pickups, a segment currently dominated by the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma, each featuring a design that is nearly a decade old.

"The all-new 2015 Canyon completes GMC's three-truck family, which started with the redesigned 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. "Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Canyon will offer all the capability with confidence--and GMC's signature refinement."

Exterior Features

Due to arrive in dealer showrooms in the fall of 2014, the new 2015 GMC Canyon will be offered in base, SLE, and SLT trim levels in extended cab and crew cab styles. Extended-cab models will come exclusively with a 6'2" cargo bed, while Crew Cab models will be offered with a 5'2" bed or a 6'2" bed.

Standard equipment will include an aluminum hood, active grille shutters, projector-beam headlights, LED running lights, and triple-sealed doors designed to improve aerodynamics and ensure a quieter cabin. Corner step rear bumpers are standard, along with cargo beds featuring a 2-tier loading design, reconfigurable tie-down hooks, and bed rail and tailgate protection.

Interior Features

GMC has designed the Canyon's cabin to last, the automaker says. For example, the seats employ dual-firmness foam and high-wear, stain-resistant cloth, each designed to withstand years of use. Standard equipment includes a power driver's seat, 4.2-inch color driver information screen, center console storage bin designed to hold a tablet computer, and storage areas underneath the rear seats.

Optional Features

Canyon buyers who plan to go off-roading will likely want the All-Terrain package, which is optional for the SLE trim level. It includes unique 17-inch aluminum wheels, all-terrain tires, off-road suspension tuning, locking rear differential, and hill-descent control. GMC sets the SLE further apart with a body-color grille surround, contrast interior stitching, unique interior trim, and more.

In addition to the All-Terrain package, the 2015 Canyon can be upgraded with an EZ Lift-and-Lower locking tailgate, removable cargo tie-down rings, factory spray-in bed liner, tonneau cover for the cargo bed, cargo management system, and a toolbox. Several aluminum wheel choices, ranging in size from 16 in. to 18 in. in diameter, can be bolted to the Canyon, and the SLT version comes with leather seats that are heated in front.

Under the Hood

A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the 2015 Canyon, making 193 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. As an option, buyers can select a 3.6-liter V-6 engine good for 302 horsepower at 6,950 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. If you choose the V-6, it includes a tow/haul mode and automatic grade braking. Maximum payload capacity is estimated to be 1,450 lbs., and the Canyon V-6 can tow up to 6,700 lbs.

The Canyon features rear-wheel drive (2WD). As an option, buyers can select an Autotrac automatic 4WD system with an Auto mode that senses wheel slip and automatically transfers torque to the front wheels. The Autotrac 4WD system also provides 2WD, 4WD Hi, and 4WD Lo settings. A locking rear differential is optional, and is included in the available All-Terrain package.

Electric steering is standard, and the Canyon is equipped with a relatively tight 41-ft. turning radius. The standard 4-wheel-disc braking system features 4-piston front rotors and Duralife brake rotors designed to last twice as long as conventional rotors.

Included with every 2015 GMC Canyon, the ProGrade protection plan provides free maintenance and inspections for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles of ownership. The standard warranty covers the Canyon for 3 years/36,000 miles, and a separate 5-year/100,000-mile warranty covers the powertrain.

If you're not interested in the 4-cylinder or V-6 engines to be available at launch, know that in 2016 GMC will offer a new 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine in the Canyon.


Standard safety features for the new 2015 Canyon include six air bags, traction and stability control with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, hill-start assist, and a reversing camera. A next-generation OnStar system is also standard, and includes Automatic Crash Notification service for a limited time.

Options include forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning systems. A new Teen Driver technology is also available, and is discussed in the next section.


The 2015 GMC Canyon's next-generation OnStar technology will be available with 4G LTE service and mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Additional options include an 8-inch IntelliLink infotainment system with a navigation system, gesture-recognition and natural voice recognition technology, Siri Eyes Free mode, access to a new GMC AppShop, and a Teen Driver system.

Teen Driver mode allows the Canyon's owner to set stereo volume and speed limits, speed warning chimes, and stereo muting if the seat belts are not fastened. These features are similar to Ford's MyKey technology, but GMC goes one better by delivering to the truck's owner a "report card" outlining miles traveled, wide-open-throttle events, ABS events, maximum speed attained during a drive, and more. Teen Driver settings are locked using a PIN set by the owner.

Additionally, the new GMC Canyon is equipped with RemoteLink key fob service and a smartphone app that allows the owner to remotely lock and unlock the doors, flash the lights and sound the horn, and start the engine to warm or cool the cab. Services are free for the first five years of ownership.
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