We were pretty sure that GMC isn’t preparing anything new for the 2018 Canyon but our insider surprised us once again. After they added a more powerful V6 engine for this year’s model, the carmaker plans a number of changes for the next year. According to the information we have, the mid-size pickup truck will not host just several cosmetic changes here and there, but also pretty important updates under the hood.
In case you thought that there will some new engines available, we have to disappoint you. The 2018 GMC Canyon will keep its two gasoline and one diesel options unchanged. Instead, the car manufacturer decided to add an eight-speed automatic transmission under the hood of the oil-burner. Yes, you will be able to order the model that uses a 2.8L Duramax Diesel engine with the more efficient gearbox.
Just to remind you, the diesel model gets 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and a class-leading towing of 7,700 pounds. Today’s RWD model mated to the standard 6-speed automatic transmission scores 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined. Now, we have no official result for the 2018 GMC Canyon Diesel, but the eight-speed gearbox should boost the efficiency for at least 1 mpg.
As for the other changes, our source claims that there will be several new color options, as well as a sunroof option, while the rest of the exterior won’t be touched at all. On the other hand, the interior will receive few new touches, as well as a bit better standard equipment. However, the manufacturer won’t exaggerate with the upgrades, as the base work truck needs to keep its price low.
Speaking of which, the base 2018 GMC Canyon will cost around $21,000. The updated mid-size pickup truck will become available early next year.