2017 GMC Canyon Denali

Before its recent unveiling, rumors had been flying around about a possible Denali on the Canyon lineup. Since every other GMC model offers the upgraded and luxurious variant except the Savanna van, it was only practical to hook up the Canyon with unique exterior styling and posh interior styling cues of the associated with Denali.

The automaker has also realized that the Denali trim accounts for around 25% of GMC truck sales which shows that many customers prefer the upscale look and feel.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali Exterior

Denalis are usually upgrades of standard models. The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali will be offered in only the Crew Cab Body form.  They usually feature visual updates.

The Denali trim does not result in major changes to the body. In this case, the Canyon Denali comes with a bright mesh grille which has a chrome touch. The grille which is juxtaposed to the signature GMC lettering is flanked by HID headlights and LED daytime running lights. The vehicle features chrome accents on the mirror caps, side steps, fog lamp bezels, door handles, bumpers and the polished exhaust tip.

The chrome accent continues on the Denali’s ultra-bright 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. These wheels are new to GMC. The truck still has the same usability in hauling and towing. The Denali will be offered in 6 different colors.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali L.A. Auto Show

2017 GMC Canyon Denali L.A. Auto Show

2017 GMC Canyon Denali Interior

Much of the Denali experience is centered on interior sophistication. The Denali trim adds perforated Mulan leather seats which are both heated and ventilated. The seats feature the Denali logo which is stitched on the headrests. The leather upholstery continues onto the dash board and is enhanced by contrasting French stitching.

The cabin also features premium wood accents on the door panels and the center console which adds a dose of luxury to the cabin. There is also a touch of aluminum on the steering wheel spokes and on the center console. In matters technology, the Denali features the latest GMC technology.


Features include an 8-inch touchscreen integrated with the automaker’s IntelliLink software which features Apple CarPlay, 4G LTW Wi-Fi connectivity and Android Auto. The Denali also comes with a heated steering wheel, automatic climate controls and remote vehicle start. Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are offered as standard. You will also notice the Denali-branded illuminated sill plates in the luxurious cabin.


Engine Specs and Performance

At this level, you won’t find the 2.5 L 4-cylinder unit, rather, the Denali is powered by a 3.6 L, V6 engine as standard and a 2.8 L Duramax turbodiesel engine as an option.

Both engines will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system. They truck will be offered in 2WD drive mode though there is an option for 4WD..  The 3.6 L, V6 comes good with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The engine allows the Canyon Denali to tow 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. With 4 WD, the engine is EPA rated at 17 mpg city, 24 mpg on highway and 20 mpg on combined drives. The 2WD delivers 26 mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy rating.

On the other hand the 2.8 Duramax 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine produces 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque despite its small size.  The engine combined with 2WD is capable of pulling 7,700 pounds while the 4WD pulls 100 pounds less. 2WD models are EPA rated at 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg on combined drives. This rating is pretty impressive and makes the Canyon together with the Chevrolet the first trucks to achieve more than 30 mpg. However, a 4WD lowers EPA estimates to 20 mpg city, 29 mpg on highway and 23 mpg on combined drives.


Price and release date

GMC has not announced its official price yet. Since the Denali is the top-of-the-range model, it will cost more than the Canyon’s current top trim (SLT) which starts at MSRP $ 34,000 and goes up to $ 40,000 with all options selected.

The Denali will thus have a starting price of around $41,900. The automaker revealed that the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali will hit dealer showrooms in the last quarter of 2016 as a 2017 model.

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