2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition Loses Chrome, Gains Features
Today, GMC announced a new version of the midsize Canyon pickup, the Nightfall Edition. Setting the Nightfall apart from the SLE crew cab on which it’s based is a unique black grille, black side assist steps, 18-inch aluminum wheels with dark silver painted inserts, a polished exhaust tip, and a spray-in bedliner. All Nightfalls will come painted Onyx Black for a sinister, sophisticated look.
Although the cosmetic changes are subtle, the Nightfall looks very cool. Almost all of the chrome on the truck has been redacted (with the only exceptions being the badging and the windowsill trim), so it looks sleek and stealthy. Some of us in the Truck Trend office think the Canyon (like many other General Motors vehicles) has too much chrome, so the Nightfall is just what the doctor ordered. The darker wheels only add to the truck’s John-McClane look.
Looking at it cynically, the Nightfall is just a rehash of the same truck that’s been putting the industry on notice for a few months now. That’s definitely correct, as GM is no stranger to the paint-and-tape variety of special vehicles (Dale Earnhardt Monte Carlo, anyone?), but the Nightfall Edition offers more than just some blacked-out bodywork. With new competition on its way, the little black GMC does a decent job of renewing interest in whiat is already a great truck. It’s not quite a Colorado ZR2-grade level of metamorphosis, but the Nightfall includes some meaningful upgrades
Factory options like automatic climate control, remote start, a rear-vision camera, OnStar with 4G-LTE WiFi, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, and SiriusXM satellite radio are included in the Nightfall, and the entire package costs less than if customers order the features separately. That makes the Nightfall a compelling popular-equipment package, with lots of extra style coming along for the ride.
GMC says deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2015.