2017 GMC Canyon Denali Release Date, Review, Specs

GM has a number of popular and capable contenders in pickup truck segment and the Canyon is one of them. The GMC Canyon, since its debut has become a favorite, with mid-size truck buyers and it gives the rivals like Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma a run for their money. The Denali trim like most GMC vehicles is also available for Canyon. As expected, the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali comes with all bells and whistles. Showcased first at the 2015 LA Auto Show, the model is going to reach the showrooms soon.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali front

2017 GMC Canyon Denali – New Architecture:

The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali is very stylish and stands apart in a crowd of typical trucks.  It is equipped with 20″ machined aluminum wheels, 5” chrome assist steps and Led headlamps. The exclusive cheese grader chrome grille is enticing as is chrome accents on body parts. The cargo box mix safeguarded by a spray-on bed liner. The only available body style for Denali trim of Canyon is crew cab. Overall, exterior styling is macho but it is also quite stylish. You can select from 6 body colors including onyx black and summit white.

The cabin is well designed, spacious and quite luxurious for a truck. You get ventilated and heated front seats, heated steering wheel, a Premium 7-speaker audio system by Bose and Real aluminum trim. The perforated Jet black leather-appointed seats having contrast stitching and Denali logo embossed atop look classy. To ensure a comfortable ride, automatic climate control is there. GM has also used some noise insulation technologies to ensure the ride is quiet.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali interior

2017 GMC Canyon Denali – Drivetrain Configuration:

The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali is powered by a beefy 3.6-liter V-6 engine which churns out 308 hp. Both 2WD and 4WD is available. You may also opt for the 2.8-liter Duramax Diesel unit with enhanced trailer towing capacity and output of 181 horsepower. The maximum towing capacity is 7000 pounds for 2WD variant. Its rated payload is 1,590 pounds. The models with Duramax Diesel unit can tow up to 7700 pounds. The diesel engine offers good mileage. Both engines are mated with Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission unit. Both the engines are powerful to tame rough terrains.


As expected from the top trim of GM’s midsize truck, the GMC Canyon Denali 2017 comes with plenty of infotainment and safety features. The safety features include Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.

The truck is equipped with GMC’s popular IntelliLink infotainment system and navigation. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is there too. You may use the available myGMC mobile app and available 4G LTE service using the Wi-Fi hotspot. It lets you connect up to 7 devices. Using the app, you can control some truck features from distance.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali rear

 2017 GMC Canyon Denali – Price and Expected Release Date:

GMC is yet to reveal the price for 2017 Canyon Denali and it may be around $40,000. It is expected to go on sale late in 2016.

 There is no denying the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali is a nice midsized pickup truck. It is replete with luxury features people are habituated to see in sedans. While the external design changes are minor, they do enhance its look to an extent. The real changes are under the hood including the new optional Duramax diesel engine. As far as the cabin goes, it is truly luxurious, to the point making you doubt if you are seeing cabin of a pickup truck! However, the Canyon Denali faces competition not only from the likes of Honda and Ram but also locks horns with some GM siblings. The Chevrolet Silverado High Country is a worthy alternative and so is the sierra Denali.

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