GMC has gifted the 2017 Canyon 4X4 with a new 3.6 liter V-6 LGZ engine.
Part of the American automaker’s second generation double overhead-cam engine architecture, Canyon lovers can now expect a more refined ride, with a power upgrade that’s easier on the environment.
According to GMC, the new powertrain offers improved variable valve timing for intake and exhaust, improved fuel injection, and an increase in performance. From what we’ve been told here at Anthony Buick, it’s a significant improvement over the former 3.6-liter V6, six speed automatic.
As for power, the 2017 Canyon gains 3 more horses and 6 lb. feet or torque with its new V-6, adding up to 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. If you don’t need that much gusto, your options are a 2.5-liter four cylinder or a 2.8 liter turbo diesel (and six-speed automatic transmission or six speed manual) with the base model.
Once GMC paired the new engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission, gmauthority.com says it made a noticeable difference in the vehicle’s acceleration. When tested, the 2017 Canyon 4X4 was 1.2 seconds faster than its processor, making the dash from 0-60 in about 6.3 seconds.
In addition to a brand new engine, the American truck maker added two more trim levels to this year’s GMC Canyon – the All-Terrain X and the luxury Denali. This package includes Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac off-road tires, 17-inch wheels, all-weather floor mats, hill descent control and side step bars. The optional X-Terrain package provides a little more off-road capability than the other packages.
With the new luxury Denali trim, buyers should expect chrome trim, upgraded leather, a new touchscreen infotainment system, standard Teen Driver Mode and several Denali badges placed throughout the truck.
If fuel economy is a sticking point for you, consider this: the 2017 GM Canyon is equipped with an Active Fuel Management system that can basically turn off two cylinders when they’re not being used. The 8L45 transmission has lower rear-axle ratios creating a more efficient ride due to the reduction in engine rpm. And unlike the previous model’s 6L50 gearbox, the 8L45 transmission utilizes more aluminum and magnesium to save on weight.
GMC offers several new exterior colors this year, adding to the overall appeal of the vehicle.
The 2017 Canyon should be on sale at your local GMC dealer this fall.