With the 2015 GMC Canyon, capsule scheduled to have its sales debut this fall, story brings a small but critical improvement in all future General Motors midsize pickup trucks featuring rear jump seats.
Usually, midsize pick-ups like the Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, on the extended cab feature rear seats smaller than usual, because of space constraints – and that means seat cushions are shorter than standard ones – which makes them unable to fully support the usual child seat, rendering it more unstable and less effective in protecting the child.
“The additional seat cushion length provides more support to the child restraint, which helps to reduce the rotation and the risk of injury in a crash,” says Eduardo Bugelli, GM safety performance team lead. “It’s an elegant solution that makes efficient use of the limited space in the rear seat in this type of vehicle, by allowing us to adapt the seat cushion length for child restraint installation.”
GM has made a small addition, meaning that now the seat cushion can be extended – the headrest is attached to the front of the seat cushion. The feature will be standard and will only be needed on the extended cab variants of the 2015 GMC Canyon and 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.
GM is currently the only US automaker to offer mid size pick-up trucks, with Ford and Chrysler ceding the territory in recent years to the Japanese competitors, who’s Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma owning the top sales.