2016 GMC Canyon Diesel engine, specs, release date

2016 GMC Canyon will come with some interesting and unexpected news, especially since this model is all-new for 2015 model year, and presented just few months ago. Changes for the upcoming model year will include first in class diesel engine and transmission as well as some modified exterior, primary related to special-edition appearance packages, as well as new trims. Fresh design of this mid-size pick-up truck will be greatly accompanied with these new details, and will influence sales rates of already popular model.

2016 GMC Canyon Front

2016 GMC Canyon exterior and interior

When it comes to exterior changes, there will not be anything spectacular. GMC will include Denali trim into the offer which will bring some new styling cues and accents. Recognizable Denali design details will enhance already great exterior look, while 2016 GMC Canyon will introduce two new trim levels: Canyon Denali, which we just mentioned, and Work Truck. Work Truck trim will be majorly focused on the working part, so expect it to have bigger towing capacity than the regular trim.

Beside Denali-designed Canyon, American auto producer will prepare couple of special editions of this model. These special editions will be based on some equipment additions, both inside and out. According to some sources we can expect completely three versions. First one is All Terrain Adventure Edition which will be styled to reflect the off-road purpose, and additionally equipped with features in order to be a real off-roader. SLT Chrome Edition is second option, and it will be decorated with chrome details and finishing. And third edition is Midnight Edition which will be more private variant, with tinted glass and overall blacked-out appearance.

2016 GMC Canyon Interior

2016 GMC Canyon engine range

2016 GMC Canyon carries over its base and optional petrol engines, but adds on new diesel unit for this model year. Base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, while optional engine is a 3.6-liter V6 capable to deliver up to 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come mated to either 6-speed manual transmission (standard) or 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.

All new for 2016 model year is a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine with approximately 180 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.

Equipped with base 2.5-liter I4 engine GMC Canyon delivers 20/27 mpg city/hwy, while with optional V6 it returns 18/26 mpg city/hwy. We can expect diesel power unit to return around 30 mpg in combined ride, although there is no official info about its fuel efficiency.

2016 GMC Canyon Rear

2016 GMC Canyon rivals

Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are, by far, the closest rivals of the new Canyon. Honda Ridgeline is also tough competitor in this crowd, so t is worth checking, too. However, seems like Canyon offer the most versatility in this group, with Crew Cab (with both long and short box) and Extended Cab versions.

2016 GMC Canyon price and release

2016 GMC Canyon should be released during the fall 2015, and it expected to go on sale during the same period, or shortly after that. Its base price will stay in the same range as current, meaning its base version will be priced between $22,000 and $23,000.

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