General Motors executives, speaking to Muscle Cars & Trucks recently, told the publication that the 2.7-liter turbocharged flat-four found under the hoods of both products is just too good and that a diesel option is not really necessary.
Like the Chevy, GMCs Canyon offered both V6 and diesel options in prior model years, but both units have scaled back their powertrain offerings for 2023. In their stead, GMCs only going to offer a 2.7-liter turbocharged straight-four, which is seen on the larger Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. The GMC Canyon will receive many of the same new features debuting in Chevrolet, such as a smaller engine.
The Hill Elevation, AT4, and Denali grades of the GMC Canyon will get the 2-inch factory lift, along with wider tracks to help with off-roading stability. In what is an audacious move by GMC, GMC has decided all 2023 models of The GMC Canyon will be running on the same lifted, wider-stance suspension only found in the all-new off-road-focused version of the 2023 Colorado. Every new 2023 GMC Canyon will be wider and taller than it is ever been, and just like the 2023 Chevy Colorado, features a new longer wheelbase, pushing the front axle forward to provide better wheel articulation.
At launch, the 2023 GMC Canyon will come in the Premium AT4 and Denali trims, as well as the new AT4X upper-level trim. With all these upgrades, the new AT4X trim offers 10.7 inches (272 millimeters) of ground clearance, as well as approach, departure, and overtake angles of 36.9, 25, and 24.5 degrees. We learned that GMC has dropped both the 3.6-liter gasoline-powered V6 engine, as well as the Duramax diesel found in the previous generation of the Canyon.
According to GMCs estimates, the estimated power is 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, topping out both the V6 and the diesel. The press release does not specify the power output, but because this is a high-output engine offered in the Colorado ZR2, we can assume that it will produce 310. Accordingly, the base configuration is likely to produce 237 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, and the Plus mid-level option will produce 310 hp and 390 lb-ft.
While you will have to forego choosing the engine, you are not going to be disappointed by this motor in either truck. While both are proven more than capable trucks, you will miss out on choosing what engine comes with yours. You’ll have to ask friends what Canyon model their friends have in order to figure out whether or not their trucks are going to serve you well.