2016 GMC Canyon – Release Date and Info

2016 GMC Canyon Release Date, Msrp, MPG, Diesel – Just recently, the number of compact or midsize pickup trucks wasn’t that diverse. General Motors even halted the production of its Canyon for a couple of years. But guess what! The prodigal son might have forgotten something home and is now with us again for the second consecutive time. I’m talking of the 2016 GMC Canyon. According to reliable sources, the release date of the Canyon should be anytime from October this year. And just like the previous year, the 2016 model is stunning and you will find it appealing in every regard.

2016 GMC Canyon
2016 GMC Canyon

It debuts with the same Chevy Colorado ZR2 platform, therefore, its dimensions are certainly going to be increased in comparison to the model that got discontinued three years ago. You should expect it to be more or less similar in size to Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. The two vehicles also happen to be its biggest rivals.

2016 GMC Canyon front view, red color, grille and headlights

The design and engineering department, according to GMC, have burnt the midnight oil in trying to come up with practical improvements. And even though the vehicle debuts with the same engines as the 2016 model, it’ll still be able to compete favorably with its competitors. Credible sources allege that the new 2016 GMC Canyon is able to tow in upwards of 7000 pounds.

2016 GMC Canyon rear view, tailpipe and taillights

Despite the praised attributes, the truck still comes with some flaws here and there. Though the details aren’t apparent enough, chances are that the price tag is going to be quite a turn off for some. Also, the fuel economy ratings are a cause of concern, but hopefully the issues are going to be resolved before the vehicle finally makes it to the showrooms. The review below is based on the spied 2016 GMC Canyon Denali prototype.

Diesel Price & Release Date – 2016 GMC Canyon

Reliable sources indicate that the base 2016 GMC Canyon should set you back by $22,000, while the well-equipped trims should start at above $27,000. Its release date is set sometime in October this year.

Exterior Colors & Interior Changes – 2016 GMC Canyon

As things stand, we should expect the new vehicle to come in four trims: base SL, Canyon, mid-trim Canyon, and high-on-the-food-chain SLT.

2016 GMC Canyon side angle, alloy wheels

The standard model should come equipped with 16” alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, black-vinyl floor covering, LED daytime running lights, premium audio system, air-conditioning, power windows, power driving seats, a tilt steering wheel, and a rear view camera.

2016 GMC Canyon front
2016 GMC Canyon front

Moving up the trim ladder to the 2016 GMC Canyon adds Bluetooth connectivity, EZ liftgate, keyless entry, voice controls, keyless ignition, color-keyed carpeting, OnStar telematics entertainment, audio input jack, theft-deterrent system, Wi-Fi hotspot, and audio connectivity.

2016 GMC Canyon back
2016 GMC Canyon back

The SLE should get you cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, Siri Eyes Free voice control, auto-dimming rear view camera, 17” alloy wheels, an overhead console, Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, 8” color touchscreen, leather wrapped steering wheel, a rear window defogger, USB charging outlets, satellite radio, premium audio system, a telescopic steering wheel, and IntelliLink infotainment system.

2016 GMC Canyon interior
2016 GMC Canyon interior

Several options should be provided, for instance the All-Terrain package that comes with automatic locking differential, 17” alloy wheels, front heated seats, hill descent control, off-road oriented suspension, all-terrain tires, cloth upholstery, and front recovery hooks. The Convenience package bundles remote start and climate control. Lastly, you should expect the Driver Alert package that comes with lane departure alerts and forward collision warning.

2016 GMC Canyon interior, steering wheel and dashboard

Engine Specs – 2016 GMC Canyon

Under the hood of the new pickup lies a choice of two engines. The first one is the 2.5L inline 4-cylinder diesel engine capable of cranking out 200 hp and 191 pounds of torque. Exclusive for the extended-cab 2WD is the six-speed manual transmission system. With this engine expect a fuel return of 19/26/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
While making use of the 6-speed auto transmission, and two wheel drive expect 20/27/22 mpg, and 19/25/21 mpg with an AWD system.

2016 GMC Canyon engine V6

Moving on, the 3.6L V6 should be able to crank out 305 horsepower and 269 pounds of torque and comes paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. According to EPA ratings, the 2WD V6 powered model should be able to return 18/26/21 mpg, while the AWD system should return 17/24/20 mpg.
Some of the safety technologies to be expected include stability control, side curtain airbags, traction control, antilock disc brakes, trailer sway control, rear-view camera, and seat side airbags.


Wheelbase: 10 ft. 8.3 in. (128.3 in.)
Length: 17 ft. 8.4 in. (212.4 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.3 in. (74.3 in.)
Passenger volume: 101 ft³
Cargo volume: N/A ft³
Curb weight: 4550-4900 lb
Top Speed: 99 mph
0-60: 10.2 sec
MPG: 18/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Bronze Alloy Metallic, Cardinal Red, Copper Red Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Emerald Green Metallic, Onyx Black, Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs




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