For the 2017 model year, GMC’s Canyon pickup truck got a bit more powerful V6 gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. They also made available a new trailer brake control system. Yet none of these changes are available with the oil-burner model. According to our information, the 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel will feature a number of useful improvements, which will make it better in every aspect.
2018 GMC Canyon Diesel: Engine and Fuel Economy
Under the hood, the 2018 Canyon Diesel will continue to use a 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4. However, instead of today’s 181 horsepower, the updated model will get around 200 ponies. Plus, truck’s torque will be raised from 369 lb-ft to almost 390 pound-feet. The engine will continue to be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, but an eight-speed auto gearbox will be available as well. We can’t say how good it will be the updated truck when it comes the towing. However, since it’s the champ already we are sure it’s won’t be below predecessor’s 7,700 pounds.
The diesel-powered GMC Canyon has a class-leading fuel economy as well. The rear-wheel drive model mated to a six-speed auto transmission reaches 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined. However, we are quite sure that the new eight-speed auto gearbox could additionally boost the efficiency.
Changes and Equipment
We haven’t seen any camouflaged testing model yet, but our insider claims that the car manufacturer works on the refreshed 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel. According to him, aside it’s getting a better drivetrain the truck will also feature several new color options and a sunroof option. Plus, both front and rear lights will be totally redesigned.
The updated 2018 Canyon Diesel will keep the current trim levels. However, the base SL trim will most probably get better standard equipment and more options. In addition to the thus-far options (power windows, a basic stereo, a 4-way power driver’s seat, a USB, and air conditioning), the work truck should also feature a standard navigation and GM’s Intellilink infotainment system. Unfortunately, the vinyl upholstery stays untouched, but luckily for everyone, there are SLE and SLT trims.
Aside you will get 20-inch alloy wheels, the SLE will also provide standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with heating option. There are also lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and much more.
Price and Arrival
Since it will receive a mid-cycle update and better standard option, the 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel will most likely get a bit higher starting price. However, don’t expect anything higher from $22,500. The refreshed mid-size pickup truck will be officially introduced early next year, and we can’t think of the better place for that from the 2018 NAIAS.