2017 GMC Canyon Gets New V-6, Eight-Speed Transmission
Canyon Denali, All Terrain X New Trim Levels
Last week, Chevrolet announced some of the upgrades on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, including an updated 3.6L V-6 mated to a new 8L45 eight-speed automatic transmission. Unsurprisingly, the Colorado’s platform twin, the GMC Canyon, is receiving the same updates for 2017, along with two new trim levels. The previously announced Canyon Denali, and the new All Terrain X package.
Although the V-6 engine shares the same 3.6L displacement as last year’s engine, it’s actually an all-new design shared with the Cadillac XT5, featuring GM’s Active Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation system for fuel savings. Horsepower increases by 3 hp for 2017, up to 308 hp. Torque increases 6 lb-ft to 275 lb-ft. The 8L45 transmission has a numerically higher (shorter) first gear for quicker step-off and a wider ratio spread for more relaxed highway cruising. Maximum towing capacity with the V-6 remains unchanged from last year at 7,000 pounds.
The off-road–oriented All Terrain X Adds Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 255/65R-17 all-terrain tires, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color grille surround, 3-inch-diameter round step bars, a factory-applied sprayed on bedliner, remote start, automatic climate control and a sliding rear window.
Changes across the Canyon lineup for 2017 include a new IntelliLink 7-inch touchscreen head unit, standard Teen Driver Mode, an available heated steering wheel, and the addition of Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic, and Red Quartz Metallic to the color options.
The 2.8L I-4 Duramax diesel remains an option for 2017. The eight-speed so far has only been officially announced for the V-6. However, it’s important to note that the announcement earlier this year of the I-4 Duramax in the Chevy Express vans was in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic. The Express and GMC Savana fullsize vans are built in the same plant as the Colorado and Canyon in Wentzville, Missouri.