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GMC Introduces 2017 Canyon Denali

November 24, 2015

Photo of GMC Canyon Denali by Paul Clinton.
Photo of GMC Canyon Denali by Paul Clinton.

GMC will offer a Denali package for its 2017 Canyon mid-size pickup starting in late 2016, GMC announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

As with other Denali models, the new Canyon Denali has a unique chrome grille and wheels, including 20-inch ultra-bright-machined aluminum wheels with painted accents. Exterior cues include chrome fog lamp bezels, five-inch-diameter rectangular chrome assist steps, a polished exhaust tip and a standard spray-in bed liner, according to the automaker.

Standard technologies include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Additional standard features include:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • GMC IntelliLink with Navigation, an eight-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and phone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Automatic climate control
  • Full-color driver information center
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Two USB charging ports on the rear of the center console ad another USB port inside the console

The Canyon Denali is offered on crew cab models and in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations. Powertrains include a standard 3.6L V-6 with up to 7,000 pounds of maximum trailering and an EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway on rear-wheel models. Also available is the all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel, which includes a maximum trailering rating of up to 7,700 pounds and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg highway (2WD), according to the automaker.

The engine is paired with the Hydra-Matic 6L50 6-speed automatic transmission, which uses a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter to reduce powertrain noise and vibration, according to GMC.

Diesel models also feature smart diesel exhaust braking and an integrated trailer brake controller. Smart diesel exhaust braking enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear by varying the amount of brakes needed for the vehicle, load, and grade. The integrated trailer brake controller system works with the anti-lock brake system to provide immediate and measured brake force with the electronically controlled trailer brake system, according to the automaker.

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