The 2015 GMC Canyon Raises the Bar for Midsize Trucks

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon is a midsize wagon that redefines the market and sets new standards – from performance and fuel economy to refinement and quietness.

With the 2015 Canyon, GMC offers one of the only three-truck offerings on the market for its time. It’s offered to consumers seeking the flexibility of a truck to haul cargo and trailers, without the bulk of a full-size pickup, class-leading capabilities with the brand’s unmistakable refinement – all in an effectively designed, maneuverable vehicle.

Based on a globally proven design and engineered specifically for the unique needs and driving conditions of North American drivers, the 2015 Canyon can offer the following:

  • The greatest horsepower in the sector is anticipated to be 302 horsepower (224 kW) from the optional 3.6L V-6 and 193 horsepower (146 kW) from the 2.5L I-4 as standard.
  • Best payload for the section of at least 1,450 pounds (657 kg)
  • The best maximum trailering rating in the class, at least 6,700 pounds when fully fitted (3,039 kg)
  • An even more potent and effective Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel engine with the 2016 model year.

The Canyon’s customer-focused technologies include the segment’s first driver alert systems, including a rear-end collision warning system, lane departure warning and a standard rearview camera, as well as the segment’s first OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.

In addition, the RemoteLink Key Fob service allows owners to remotely start the engine on appropriate models, operate the lights and horn, lock and unlock the vehicle and more via a smartphone app. The service is free for five years. Additional OnStar services and data plans were available with a paid membership.

The standard GMC ProGrade Protection Package, which includes four oil changes, tire rotations and 27-point inspections, is good for two years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first) of scheduled maintenance. It complements the bumper-to-bumper warranty of three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first, and the powertrain warranty of five years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

00001Built for capability, comfort, and elegance

The 2015 Canyon represents GMC both inside and out, with a quiet, refined interior highlighted by premium materials and a strong exterior presence that mimics the technology-infused design style of the 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD models.

All models feature GMC LED ‘s signature C-shaped daytime running lights, and the segment’s only standard projection headlights are integrated into the vehicle’s distinctive front end. Three different body configurations are available: a crew cab with a 5-foot bed, a crew cab with a 6-foot bed and an extended cab model with a 6-foot bed. Thanks to the six-footbed, items up to three meters long can be transported in the vehicle with the tailgate open.

The Canyon is available in base, SLE and SLT trim levels, as well as 2WD and 4WD variants. SLE versions also include an aggressively styled All-Terrain package. It features special suspension tuning, a body-color grille with horizontal chrome trim and 17-inch aluminum wheels with All-Terrain tires.

Like the 2014 Sierra, the Canyon has triple-sealed doors integrated into the body sides to improve aerodynamics and make the interior quieter. In addition, the Canyon features an all-new aluminum hood that helps reduce overall mass and improve weight distribution between the front and rear axles.

It also features first-in-class active grille shutters that close at certain highway speeds to improve fuel economy through better aerodynamics.

Other exterior features include:

  • Segment-first The 2014 Sierra introduced the CornerStep rear bumper design, which is a must.
  • Available segment-first EZ Lift-and-Slide
  • Lower lockable tailgate with internal torsion bar for one-handed opening and damper for more controlled lowering
  • Standard two-tier loading that enables a platform to divide the bed into higher and lower pieces, making it simpler to transport, store, and hide objects like tools
  • There are four fixed and thirteen re-configurable tie-down points across the bed that may be used with available, detachable cargo tie-down rings
  • Standard tailgate and bed rail shields
  • Spray-in bed lining is an option that may be placed at the manufacturer
  • A selection of 16-, 17-, and 18-inch aluminum wheels

There is a wide range of work- and lifestyle-supporting accessories available, such as a bed liner, a cutting-edge cargo management system, a bespoke tonneau cover, detachable cargo rings, a tool box, and more.

00002Cabin that’s cozy and connected

The interior of the 2015 Canyon is cozy, well-equipped and connected. The Sierra has a strong, upright dashboard with large instruments and a centered driver information center. Similar to crossovers and midsize cars, the shift lever is located in the center console.

The Canyon’s interior exudes excellent attention to detail and luxurious appointments, including a sculpted headliner that improves headroom, halo lighting on key buttons for better visibility and an open area at the front of the center console for easier phone charging.

Other interior details include:

  • Sculpted door panels that make getting in and out of the car easier
  • Large glove box volume and an upper-instrument panel storage bin when the uplevel audio system is not installed.
  • Common center console with space for a tablet
  • Storage space behind the seats

Canyon chairs are designed not only for durability, but also for comfort. They are made of wear-resistant, stain-resistant material for the seat trim and double-strength foam for longer rides that are even more comfortable. At SLT, heated leather seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard features. Embossed seat backs and distinctive contrast stitching are two of the unique color and trim accents of the All-Terrain package.

Technology, connectivity and other elements that enhance comfort include a standard 4.2-inch diagonal color screen in the instrument cluster to assist drivers in their daily and recreational activities.

Parental control over radio volume, a speed warning between 40 and 70 mph and a speed limit are available with the Teen Driver IntelliLink programmable feature. It also features a “report card” that records mileage, wide-open throttle events, ABS events, top speed and other data, as well as automatic muting of the radio when the driver or passenger is not wearing a seat belt. Via PIN, which is set by the parents, the custom functions are locked.

Canyon vehicles with an eight-inch IntelliLink screen is a new in-vehicle software store called GMC AppShop. Customers can manage, update or remove applications downloaded to their IntelliLink system throughout the life of the vehicle. The available applications allows drivers to access a variety of information, including music, news, weather, travel tips and vehicle statistics.

00003Segment-best efficiency and power

The 2015 GMC Canyon is known to be powerful and effective vehicle in its class, allowing owners to tow and haul more while still being effective. Standard engine options include a 2.5-liter I-4 and a 3.6-liter V-6, based on award-winning engine families and optimized to deliver the low-end torque customers rely on for towing and hauling.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 193 hp (146 kW) and 253 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, with about 90% of maximum torque available between 2,000 and 6,200 rpm. 302 hp (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm) are the estimated outputs of the 3.6L engine.

To achieve maximum performance and economy, both engines use variable valve timing and direct injection. Both engines have dual overhead camshafts, a forged steel crankshaft, an aluminum block and piston cooling by spray nozzles. The 2.5-liter engine has a balancer shaft in the oil pan for better refining, a two-stage variable displacement oil pump for greater efficiency, and a balancer shaft.

The six-speed automatic transmission that equips all models has features such as automatic graduated braking and a towing mode that complement the truck-tuned engines and make towing and hauling more convenient and comfortable. A six-speed manual transmission is also available for the base extended cab version with all-wheel drive and the 2.5-liter engine.

00004Better ride quality and characteristics setting the bar higher

The Canyon offers the functionality of a GMC truck, including the segment-leading payload and towing capacity. Similar to the full-size Sierra, the Canyon is built on a full wrap-around frame that gives it the stability it needs to maintain its capabilities and can deliver a smooth and quiet ride.

Aluminum steering knuckles, which are low mass and high strength, are a key component of the threaded front suspensions. These knuckles increase economy and make the vehicle more direct and responsive to the driver’s inputs. Electric power steering, which is more efficient because it is not driven by the engine, is also a feature of the 2015 Canyon and is a first in this category for its time.

Thanks to its small turning radius of about 12.6 meters, the Canyon is easier to maneuver when parking or reversing in tight spaces such as garages or campgrounds.

With segment-exclusive DuralifeTM brake disks, also developed for the 2014 Sierra, four-wheel disk brakes with four-piston calipers up front are standard. Their ability to provide up to twice the service life can help reduce operating costs.

Option number G80 on the Canyon designates the automatic limited-slip rear differential. When traction is needed, it gives the driver an advantage, and when it’s not, it provides normal comfort. It was first introduced by General Motors more than 40 years ago. It is available on SLT and SLE models and is standard on the All-Terrain package.

Another industry first is AutoTrac automatic all-wheel drive, which uses an electronically controlled transfer case to switch from 2WD to 4WD. The driver has the choice of 4WD HI or 4WD Lo, or 2WD, Auto or 4WD. When the vehicle senses wheel slip, the transfer case automatically shifts to the front wheels (4WD) while operating in 2WD mode when the Auto option is selected.

00005Safety characteristics

Canyon is equipped with a full array of standard active and passive safety systems to keep its passengers safe while driving, including the following:

  • Six airbags, including side head airbags that may lessen the danger of passenger ejection.
  • For improved visibility, use the large rearview mirrors and the rear-vision camera system.
  • Hill start assistance, hill descent control, trailer sway control, and rollover mitigation technology are all features of the stability control system StabiliTrak (All Terrain).

Safety features that are available include:

  • Forward segment-first collision warning
  • Warning for segment-first lane departure

The Canyon has been assembled at GM ‘s assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri.