The forthcoming 2021 GMC Canyon will share many things with the Chevrolet Colorado. Yet, the mid-size pickup truck brings the redesigned exterior, comfortable cabin, and excellent performance. Also, 2021 Canyon includes three drivetrain options. The powerful 2.8-liter turbodiesel and the 3.6-liter V6 unit are available.
This model offers more standard equipment than Tacoma or Nissan Frontier. Moreover, the customers can choose between Extended Cab, or Crew Cab, with a 5-or 6-foot bed. The 2021 Canyon is a perfect pickup if you don’t need massive towing or payloads, but just simple day-to-day truck.
2021 GMC Canyon Changes
2021 GMC Canyon comes with numerous exciting improvements and updates. Firstly, the brand-new infotainment system gets an update and user interface with cloud compatibility. The UI is now more user-friendly and customizable. Moreover, the HD rearview camera replaces the old analog lens from the previous version.
The interior adds a wireless phone charging, while the heated steering wheel is now standard on the higher trims. Also, the parking sensors are available in the standard package. The SLE model offers a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and much more. Passenger safety is on a higher level, as well.
Besides the driver’s assistance features like forward-collision alert and lane-departure, the customers can choose the Teen Driver function. This electronic supervisor allows parents to monitor the driving ways of their kids. Also, the Teen Driver limits the radio volume as set speed alerts.
The GMC claims that the upcoming model is “the only premium-midsize pickup.” Maybe this is just part of the General Motors promotion campaign, but the truth is that 2021 GMC Canyon looks very cool and powerful. On the front side, you’ll notice a large, squared-off, big-rig type of grille. The design of this grille is very appealing and reminds us of the similar massive grille of the GMS Sierra. Likewise, LED running lights and projector-beam headlights increase the upscale feel of the exterior.
On top of that, the flared fenders add to the more rugged tone of the new Canyon. The rear bumper comes with a unique GMC’s feature, the CornerStep. The CornerStep provides an easy way to step up and get access to the cargo bed. Also, the Denali and SLT versions will have unique chrome door handles and mirrors. 2021 Canyon improves off-road abilities by increasing ground clearance.
At the moment, the mid-size pickup is at 8.2 inches from the ground. But, the length and width remain the same. The wheelbase is 128 inches long, width 74 inches, and total length 212 inches.
2021 GMC Canyon cabin is an excellent combination of the efficiency of the full-size truck and contemporary design. The large seats are perfect for adult passengers, and most of the functions are placed in the large central console. For example, the control knobs are big enough that drivers can operate even with the gloves on. The interior delivers improved ample center-console storage, and the configuration for four passengers. Of course, the Canyon can accommodate five people, but the rest of the rear-side folks must squeeze a bit.
The seats are covered with cloth, leather, and vinyl. Furthermore, the 7-inch touchscreen controls the infotainment system and all the crucial functions. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity is available, as well as onboard WiFi. The entry-level Canyon comes with a 6-speaker audio system, a 4-way power-adjustable driver set, rearview camera, and cargo-box lighting.
2021 GMC Canyon Engine and Towing Capacity
Under the hood of base 2021 GMC Canyon is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder powertrain that makes 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. The engine is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The EPA city/highway fuel economy is 20/26 mpg for 2WD and 19/24 mpg tor 4WD. But, the majority of the customers will choose the more potent 3.6-liter V6 unit.
The V6 produces 308 ho and 275 lb-ft of torque. The maximum towing capacity is 7,000 pounds. The V6 mill comes with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel economy ratings are 20/26 mpg (2WD), and 19/24 mpg (4WD). Also, if you want even bigger towing capacity, the company will include the third engine option as well.
The third drivetrain is a 2.8-liter turbodiesel good for 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2.8-liter engine towing capacity is 7,700 pounds, and EPA rating 30/20 mpg (AWD) / 19/28 mpg (4WD).
Release Date and Price
2021 GMC Canyon will be available for orders in the third quartal of the next year. Still, the Detroit-based carmaker is currently more focused on the SUV class. So, we expect that the Chevy Colorado will go first, then the mid-size pickup. As for the price, the base GMC Canyon comes with an MSRP of around $23,000.
However, the price will rise with each trim level. The Denali will probably hit the $45K mark. The main rival will be the class-leader Toyota Tacoma, with the price range from $25,600 to around $43,000.