GMC is currently working on its new generation half-ton truck. The completely redesigned vehicle will hit the showrooms sometime in 2018, but it won’t be everything that the truckmaker has to offer. Instead, they will do a mid-cycle update of the smaller 2019 GMC Canyon. Even though it won’t be an all-new model, the mid-size pickup will host a number of important changes, which will make it better in every way.
New engine and transmission, more torque for a diesel
The refreshed Canyon should keep the existing options beneath the hood. However, the carmaker might make things interesting with one new mill. According to information we have, they will reportedly add a new turbo four unit, which will be able to pump out 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of twist. As for other two gasoline units, they will probably come unchanged. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit will likely keep its 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.6-liter V6 doesn’t really need anything more from today’s 308 hp and 275 lb-ft. The only diesel mill, however, will almost definitely add a little bit more power and torque. The 2.8-liter engine is currently rated at 181 hp and369 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded version might make even 400 pound-feet of twist. If that happens, the 2019 Canyon Diesel will become one of the bestselling options without any doubt.
We are not so sure whether the carmaker plans to add a new 10-speed gearbox now or not. However, if that happens, we don’t expect to see a six-speed automatic transmission I the future. Instead, the existing eight-speed will be in charge for most of the models, while a 6-speed manual stays the base option.
Exterior and interior changes
The pickup truck should not feature anything new regarding the platform, but the exterior is definitely getting a few changes. The biggest change will be the addition of sunroof. Of course, the feature will be optional. In addition, the truck will host a restyled front end with redesigned grille and bumper and updated headlights. The rear end will likely feature new taillights and perhaps new tailgate. Plus, the vehicle will sport a couple of new exterior paints. The carmaker won’t skip the chance to update the interior as well. Though, we don’t expect anything more from an updated infotainment and slightly restyled dashboard.
Off-road model might come as well
There is a possibility that the 2019 GMC Canyon gets an off-road variant. Truck’s sibling from Chevrolet offers Colorado ZR2, so why should GMC skip the possibility to earn some extra money?