2017 GMC Canyon Denali Spied
Upmarket Midsize Pickup Brings the Chrome and Lux
Shooting aces caught the much-rumored GMC Canyon Denali out testing recently, likely reserved for the 2017 model year.
The Canyon will get the typical Denali fittings, including a chrome-heavy mesh grille, larger wheels, some extra body jewelry, and an upgraded interior. The spy shots do little to hide some of the exterior changes, with the bold grille showing through the camouflage like a red flag.
Mechanically, the Denali likely won’t differ much from the standard Canyon. Except for that possibility, expect the Denali to offer the 3.6L direct-injected V-6 and 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel I-4, leaving the 2.5L I-4 to lower trim levels and work trucks. Alternatively, the Denali could set itself apart by offering the torquey diesel as standard equipment.
However, it will stand apart from the rest of the Canyon range with an upgraded interior. Expect higher-quality leather to wrap the seats, shifter, and steering wheel rim, and nicer soft-touch materials will likely adorn the dashboard and door panels. Additional luxury features may include dual-zone (or even tri-zone) automatic climate control, premium audio and navigation, and full-power seating. The Denali will also likely get forward collision monitoring and lane departure warning.
The 2015 Canyon range topper, the long-box SLT Crew Cab 4WD, starts at just under $38,000, but with a few luxury options, it hits the $40k mark easily. Add in the expected premium for the Denali badge (along with the price for the 2016’s optional Duramax engine), and a $50,000 midsize pickup isn’t out of the question. While that’s certainly expensive, it’s a far cry less than the price of a fully loaded Sierra, and the Canyon’s impressive capabilities and garage-friendly size could make it a better buy for some customers.
Source: Chris Doane Automotive