Debut: 2015 GMC Canyon – Honey, I shrunk the Sierra!

2015 gmc canyon crew cab grill video debut
If you squint, you may think this is a GMC Sierra

Midsize truck market heats up with the addition of the 2015 GMC Canyon, which was unveiled today in Detroit leading up to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS).  It joins the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and rounds out GM’s pickup portfolio.  It has a premium look and feel inside and out and aims to break all standards for midsize truck comfort, quality, and capability.

It shares the platform and drivetrain with the new Colorado and it boasts several segment bests.

  • Highest horsepower with 302 ponies from the 3.6L V6.
  • Highest payload – at least 1,450 lbs
  • Highest maximum towing – at least 6,700 lbs

2015 gmc canyon dash gauges interior video

The new Canyon will come in base, SLE, and SLT trim levels in both 2WD and 4WD.  There will also be an aggressive All-Terrain package offered on the SLE models.  All-Terrain kicks it up notch with 17-inch rims, all-terrain tires, body-colored grille, and unique suspension tuning.  The beefy tires and tubular side steps make the All-Terrain look mean and ready to tackle the outdoors.

It will feature segment’s first active grille shutters, which close at higher speed to improve aerodynamics.  It also borrows a lot of the unique bed cargo management and rear bumper step features first available on the 2014 GMC Sierra.

2015 gmc pickup truck canyon family
Size difference is only evident when the whole family is together

The 2015 Canyon goes on sale during the calendar year 2014 (most likely near the end of the year).


2.5L DOHC I-4 3.6L VVT DI V6
Power: 193 hp @6,400 rpm 302 hp @6,950 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @4,400 rpm 270 lb-ft @4,000 rpm
6-speed manual (*option) 6-speed automatic
Final drive: TBD 2.92
Tow/Haul No Yes (V6 only)
Auto Grade Braking No Yes
Extended Cab 6’2” Bed Crew Cab 5’2” Bed Crew Cab 6’2” Bed
Wheelbase: 128.3 in 128.3 in 140.5 in
Length: 212.4 in 212.4 in 224.6 in
Front legroom: 41.7 in 41.7 in 41.7 in
Rear legroom: 28.6 in 35.8 in 35.8 in
Curb: 3,944 lbs (2WD 2.5L) 4,037 lbs (2WD 2.5L) 4,266 lbs (2WD 3.6L)
GVWR: 5,600 lbs 6,000 lbs 6,000 lbs
Payload: 1,450 lbs 1,400 lbs 1,400 lbs
Towing: 6,700 lbs 6,700 lbs 6,700 lbs

* 6-speed manual transmission will only be available on 2.5L powered, base trim level, extended cab, and 2WD Canyons.  All other configurations will have the 6-speed automatic.

Enjoy this insider TFLtruck video of the 2015 GMC Canyon unveil:

Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or simply ‘going for a drive’.