Just like its sibling from Chevrolet, the 2019 GMC Canyon will receive a mid-cycle update. Moreover, we are to say that GMC prepares more surprises for its mid-size pickup truck. The workhorse will receive styling changes inside and out, while there is a big probability for one more option beneath the hood. Plus, the segment is definitely getting one more off-road fighter.
Styling Changes and A New Off-Road Trim
We are not so sure for the name of Chevy’s Colorado ZR2 sibling, but it’s going to feature pretty much the same equipment. More precisely, the off-road Canyon trim will host a special suspension system along with the pretty capable off-road kit, including special 17-inch wheels and tires. Electronic locking front and rear differentials are just one part of the equipment, while multimatic innovative spool-valve dampers and wider track are something we hope to see.
As for the regular 2019 GMC Canyon, it’s going to feature a redesigned front end and a few tweaks around back. In addition, the carmaker will slightly redo the existing dash, while infotainment might get a bigger display and more options.
New Engine and Transmission, More Power for Existing Options
Under the hood, the updated truck will get a new engine and transmission. According to the latest reports, the current six-speed auto will not be available. Instead, an eight-speed gearbox will be standard, while a new 10-speed auto comes as more efficient and expensive option. Of course, the six-speed manual will stay.
As for the new engine, our sources claim that the carmaker prepares a new 2.0-liter turbo mill. If the unit becomes available, you can expect 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of twist. Really impressive! Still, we think that the 2019 Canyon will keep its starting option. Yes, the 2.5-liter with 200 hp will power the base model, while the topping 3.6-V6 could get a slight power-boast.
The diesel truck will suffer the biggest changes. At least rumors suggest that. The oil-burner will reportedly get the same 2.8-liter turbodiesel. However, the option will allegedly produce around 200 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of twist. If this happens, the mid-size truck will be truly impressive.
Estimated Price and Arrival
The 2019 GMC Canyon will make its debut next summer. The price is unknown at the moment, but we expect a slight price increase.