2016 GMC Canyon Duramax Gets Similar Numbers as Colorado
Towing Rated at 7,700 Pounds, $3,730 Price Premium
Like the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon’s Duramax 2.8L I-4 was detailed today featuring numbers that are predictably similar to those of the Chevy. With an SAE-certified 181 hp and 369 lb-ft, the Canyon Duramax will be able to tow up to 7,700 pounds properly equipped, compared to 7,000 pounds in an equivalent gas V-6–powered Canyon.
The Duramax 2.8 will be available on the Canyon SLE and SLT Crew Cab models, with a price $3,730 higher than a similarly equipped gasser. However, it’s not as simple as tacking the premium onto a GMC Canyon’s base price, since the Duramax will come standard with a trailering package that includes a hitch receiver, seven-pin connector, and automatic locking differential. Additionally, an integrated trailer-brake controller is exclusive to diesel-powered Canyons and Chevrolet Colorados, making direct price comparisons difficult. Figure on spending about $35,000 for a base-level Canyon Duramax.
Like the Colorado, the GMC Canyon diesel will also come with a smart exhaust brake that will help preserve braking ability and prolong the life of service brakes. With segment-best towing abilities, the Canyon’s exhaust brake will help keep the little truck shiny-side-up when descending grades with a trailer in tow.
“A diesel engine was part of the Canyon’s portfolio plan from the beginning, meaning the chassis, suspension and other elements of its architecture were engineered to support it,” said Scott Yackley, assistant chief engineer. “That means there are no compromises with the Canyon diesel. It offers exceptional capability delivered with a confident feeling of control.”
The Thai-built 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel I-4 is the cleanest-burning diesel engine ever fitted to a GM pickup, according to the company. A Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber (their name, not ours) attaches to the torque converter of the truck’s six-speed automatic transmission, helping quell unwanted vibrations and provide passengers with a quiet, smooth ride.
Efficiency figures have yet to be announced, but plan on at least 30 mpg highway. Official pricing and other information will be released closer to the truck’s debut this fall.