Forgive our excitement, but this is the first time in a long time we have seen a new small truck—and, as a bonus, we get two at once! Here are some of the coolest things we have heard about the 2015 GMC Canyon, a truck we saw for the first time at the Detroit auto show.
1. A New Midsize Truck
When was the last time we could say that before GM unveiled the Colorado and Canyon? The last time we saw a truly new truck in the compact/midsize segment was right around the 2005 model year, when that generation of the Frontier was introduced. That's when it was put on a scaled-down version of the Titan's frame. And we aren't getting a new midsize until the 2015 model year. That's 10 years. This is a huge deal.
It's also a huge deal because a year after the truck is introduced, GM announced that the Canyon is getting a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel. It will be a version of the engine that powers the global Colorado, but made more refined for American markets. GM hasn't released power numbers, but elsewhere the small Duramax puts out 197 hp and 369 lb-ft.
3. It's Highly Capable
We don't know all the numbers yet, but it looks like the Canyon (and its Colorado kin) is going to be the most capable truck in the segment. GM is promising the best horsepower in the segment, from both the four- and six-cylinder gas engines; best payload of 1450 pounds; and towing capacity of 6700 pounds. With the diesel, you can expect payload and towing to go up, and it'll probably offer best-in-class torque.
4. Modern Cabin
The interior was made quiet with triple-sealed doors, and contains features like an 8-inch diagonal touch screen, new IntelliLink, navigation, OnStar, and a group of options that monitor and limit what a teenage driver can do from behind the wheel. There are also seats with dual-firmness foam, made to be comfortable on long drives.
5. Trailer Brake Controller
This is slated to be the first midsize truck to get a trailer brake controller. Considering some of the trucks in this segment are now around the same size as full-size trucks used to be, it's about time this safety feature was included.