2017 GMC Canyon Powertrain Update, All Terrain X Trim

2017 GMC Canyon Denali​

The 2017 GMC Canyon isn’t about to be left in the shadows behind its sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado.

Hot on the wheels of the Colorado‘s new engine upgrade, the new Canyon is following suit. For 2017 the Canyon offers GM’s new 3.6-liter V6 with the all-new 8-speed automatic transmission.

GMC is also adding new off-roading inspired All Terrain X Trim to the 2017 lineup due out later this fall.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC canyon

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

First, the powertrain. The upgrade gives the Canyon the same power boost as the Colorado. We’re talking 3 more horses and 6 more pound-feet of torque for a total of 308-horses and 275 lb-ft or torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers aren’t out yet. However, the engine will likely get roughly the same as the previous version. Towing capacity and maximum payload stay the same as well.

GM’s new Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the old six-speed. It widens the gear ratio from last years 6.0 to 7.0. It weighs roughly the same, too. GM calls the transmission class-exclusive.

Other new and revised features for the 2017 Canyon lineup include a new IntelliLink radio with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, an available heated steering wheel and three new color choices: Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic and Red Quartz Metallic.

General Motors will also offer its standard Teen Driver feature first introduced on the Chevrolet Malibu.

GMC All Terrain X Edition

gmc denali all terrain x

2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X

Aside from the under the hood upgrades, the Canyon adds a new All Terrain X edition. It builds on the current All Terrain package by adding Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 255/65R17 all-terrain tires. The All Terrain X only comes with the SLE model with either the new 3.6-liter gas engine or 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine.

GM dubs the All Terrain X as the “most off-road capable” Canyon with its new off-road suspension, transfer case shield, all-weather floor liners, and Hill Descent Control. Because looks do matter, new touches include a body-color grille, special red stitched upholstery, and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Photo Credit: GMC
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