2020 GMC Canyon Denali Specs, Configurations, Price

Denali package upgrades every GMC truck so it becomes a luxurious vehicle. So it is with a mid-size Canyon. The package includes features, such as unique colors, interior design, or a diesel engine. Performance, utility, and premium styling are things we expect from 2020 GMC Canyon Denali. Without big changes in the base model, we doubt the company will fail to deliver.

For the upcoming 2020 GMC Canyon Denali we expect similar price, probably around $40k. Also, small updates on the Duramax diesel engine will make the truck ready for the possible arrival of Toyota Tacoma Diesel and Ford Ranger Diesel. Interior updates are presenting new features. Existing will be updated. Sunroof remains one of the highlights of the new 2020 Canyon Denali. Changes are not numerous, but every modification on the premium truck is eye-catching and breathtaking.

2020 GMC Canyon Denali redesign

2020 GMC Canyon Denali Duramax Diesel Engine Specs

Under the bonnet of the 2020 GMC Canyon Denali will be a turbodiesel 2.8-liter Duramax unit. The same engine powers the other “GM Twin” Chevy Colorado. The drivetrain is capable to produce 181 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, this unit returns 30 mpg. It is much better than a V6 engine can do.

Another possibility for the 2020 GMC Canyon Denali will remain a V-6 petrol drivetrain. This one comes in pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and output 310 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is worse than for turbodiesel. But, the price difference gives a boost to the petrol model. It takes a lot of miles before the efficiency covers the starting investment.

2020 GMC Canyon Denali duramax diesel specs


The 2020 GMC Canyon Denali is not available in all configurations the standard model is offering. First of all, buyers will choose an engine. We already mentioned two options for this premium truck. Then, there is a drive type. A 2WD is a cheaper option, which also offers better towing capacity. Properly equipped, the 2020 Canyon Denali can pull 7,700 pounds. With AWD the towing capacity drops. But again, some truckers love stability and traction an all-wheel drive is bringing. Finally, the Denali truck is using only a Crew Cab configuration, while buyers can choose between the short 62-inch long box and long 74-inch bed.

Interior Styling, Accessories and Options

The shell of the 2020 GMC Canyon Denali is pretty much the same as for the standard model (with some upgrades we will mention later), the interior is making this truck a premium vehicle. The most impressive feature for us is a sunroof.  The leather is covering most of the cabin – upholstery, steering wheel, and seats. These also offer a heating and ventilating functions with Denali package. Underseat storage space adds more options. Also, a triple door seal technology isolates the cabin and makes a ride more comfortable.

Besides that, the 2020 GMC Canyon Denali is up to date with infotainment features and services. Android Auto is a standard feature for Denali vehicles since the 2017 season. An 8-inch infotainment screen is at the center console. There, we can read navigation, which comes as a part of the feature set.

2020 GMC Canyon Denali sunroof

Exterior Changes – New Colors

Outside, designers are not going to change too much. The distinctive grille reminds us on Sierra 1500. It is big and bold, and it makes a clear statement when you spot the 2020 GMC Canyon Denali on the street. Led lamps and headlight finishes are details that make this truck the only premium model in the class. CornerSteps will help you jump into the bed. The Denali pickup is also different from the other trims in Canyon lineup by the chrome handles mirrors.

2020 GMC Canyon Denali Price

The 2020 GMC Canyon Denali is going to be expensive. A premium mid-size truck will cost over $40,000. For that money, we can buy some upper trims in the full-size segment, or a real working heavy-duty mule. But, some drivers don’t need too much power and size, and the compact segment is enough. The Canyon Denali offers enough comfort and luxury, as well as versatility, so any owner can tune it as he wishes.

Diesel engine costs $4,000 more than the V-6 petrol. But, it offers 4 mpg more for fuel economy. However, at that rate, buyers need to go too many miles to call the turbodiesel a cheaper option. That is why experts recommend petrol variant.

2020 GMC Canyon Denali interior

Release Date

The new 2020 GMC Canyon Denali will come early next year. Without big updates, there is no need to wait for the premiere. The new generation of the Canyon, and with it the Denali model, is set for the 2022 season. Until then, the mid-size truck is not going to change too many things on the next couple of models. We could see the truck in Detroit or Chicago.


The 2020 GMC Canyon Denali is the only premium truck in the mid-size, or compact segment. So, that leaves buyers without an alternative. Well, there are some high-end trim levels of Chevy Colorado or off-road and performance-oriented models by other companies. But, no other truckmaker is offering a small pickup with such premium features as GMC does with the Canyon Denali.

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