While for years the mid-size pickup segment has been deserted by the American automakers, the resurgence of truck love has made them reconsider – and models such as the GMC Canyon are now thriving again.
But that means the competition is equally strong so each brand needs to keep its model up to snuff year after year. For example, the 2018 GMC Canyon is getting a raft of new perks, with the most important being the addition of the All Terrain trim level for the new model year. The Canyon All Terrain was originally a four-wheel-drive SLE trim level, but with more bells and whistles that can be used for off-roading. There’s a Z71 suspension package, as well as a specific grille or lower bumper design – and when you get serious you’ll need the transfer case shield, Hill Descent Control, P255/65R17 all-terrain tires, and a set of 17×8.0-inch cast aluminum wheels clad in Dark Argent Metallic.
It’s not all work for the All Terrain, because the Canyon includes heated front seats, power lumbar control for both front seats, body-color rear bumper, and Jet Black with Cobalt Red cloth upholstery. GMC opted to introduce the Marine Blue and Statin Steel exterior colors, a trailering assistant for the Tow/Haul Mode, plus heated power-adjustable side mirrors. Most importantly, owners will get a 7.0-inch touchscreen for the IntelliLink infotainment system even from the entry-level SL – with a better 8-inch one packing navigation for extra dollars. Powertrains remain the same – 2.5-liter inline-4, 3.6-liter V6, and the Duramax 2.8-liter turbo diesel with 181 horsepower.