Although the Shreveport, La., factory that built the GMC Canyon and Colorado closed in mid-September, GM confirmed that a new GMC Canyon mid-sized pickup truck is in the product pipeline.
The new Canyon will be built at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., plant along with the Chevy Colorado and will be released as a 2014 model year truck at the earliest, as reported by Anita Lienert for Edmunds Inside Line.
Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick and GMC marketing, said in a media phone call that the vehicle will suit customers who want the functionality of a truck, but may not need a full-sized pickup. However, GM could not disclose launch plans, model-year designation or other specifics about the upcoming Canyon.
According to PickupTrucks.com, sales of the 2012 GMC Canyon and its Chevy Colorado increased more than 14% and 32% respectively through August, in part due to Ford discontinuing its mid-size Ranger and Chrysler discontinuing its Ram Dakota pickups.
The new Canyon is a sibling to the new Chevrolet Colorado, GM’s first “global” mid-sized pickup. It will compete with a limited number of mid-sized trucks on the market, including the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.