GMC Canyon Follows Colorado with New Engine and Transmission for 2017

August 30, 2016

Building on the momentum of an 18-percent sales increase so far this year, GMC has announced a broader 2017 GMC Canyon lineup, led by the range-topping Canyon Denali and off-road-inspired All Terrain X.

Like all GMC Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished by chrome exterior details and unique wheels, along with exclusive interior trim and content. It also features a new 3.6-liter V6 engine that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

This new propulsion system is offered across the 2017 Canyon lineup, including the new All Terrain X package, which includes Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners.

Additional new and revised features for the 2017 Canyon lineup include:

  • New IntelliLink radio with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
  • Standard Teen Driver Mode through IntelliLink
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Exterior colors Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic and Red Quartz Metallic

New Propulsion System 

The new 3.6-liter, eight-speed propulsion system offers stronger, more confident acceleration and smoother shift performance than the Canyon’s previous V6/six-speed combination, according to GMC.

The 3.6-liter leverages technologies such as continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) to balance performance and efficiency. It is rated at an SAE-certified 308 horsepower (230 kW) and 275 lb-ft of torque (373 Nm).

Canyon’s new Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic complements the 3.6L with a technologically advanced design and control system that supports smoother, more refined performance. Smaller “steps” between the gears as the vehicle accelerates allow the transmission to shift quicker, with almost imperceptible upshifts, according to GMC.

The 8L45 eight-speed also has a wider 7.0 gear ratio that enables a numerically higher first gear ratio, and numerically lower overdrive ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway.

The lower engine speed has two benefits: It can reduce fuel consumption to enhance efficiency and it reduces engine noise for a quieter cabin, according to GMC.

The new powertrain supports a 7,000-pound max trailering rating that is second in the segment only to the Canyon’s available 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is rated at 7,700 pounds, according to GMC.

The 2017 model year updates, including the new V6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

Canyon Denali

In addition to its Denali-signature chrome grille, the 2017 Canyon Denali features specific wheels-20-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum with painted accents-along with tubular chrome assist steps, polished exhaust tip (V6 only) and spray-on bedliner.

Inside, a Jet Black interior features unique leather-appointed, heated and ventilated front seats, along with a unique instrument panel and console trim and Denali-logo sill plates and floor mats, according to GMC.

Additional standard features include:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • GMC IntelliLink with Navigation and an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
  • 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Automatic climate control
  • Full-color driver information center
  • Remote start
  • Bose premium seven-speaker audio system
  • Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console and another inside the console
  • Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning

All Terrain X

This special version of the popular All Terrain package offered on the SLE model is the most off-road-capable Canyon for those who travel beyond the paved path. The X adds Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac P255/65R17 all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners to All Terrain content, which includes:

  • Off-road suspension and transfer case shield
  • Body-color grille surround and rear step bumper
  • Unique interior with red stitching and heated front seats
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Unique 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Three-inch-diameter round step bars
  • Spray-on bedliner
  • Remote start
  • Automatic climate control and sliding rear window

The All-Terrain model requires the new 3.6L V-6/eight-speed automatic propulsion system. The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine is available.

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