GMC Canyon is the butch alternative to the Chevy/Holden Colorado

GMC has officially unveiled the Canyon, a twin to the North American version of the Colorado, ahead of the 2014 Detroit Motor Show.

Credit: GMC

GMC Canyon in a canyon!
GMC Canyon in a canyon!


While the US Chevy Colorado looks about as smooth and sophisticated as a ute (sorry, pickup truck) can get, the GMC version, the Canyon, aims to be rather more in-your-face and masculine with squared-off wheelarches and a massive, upright, chrome-laden grille.

The Canyon also features standard LED daytime running lights, projector headlights, two-tier tray, and an aluminium bonnet. Options include automatic grille shutters to improve aerodynamic efficiency on the highway, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hot spot, 8-inch entertainment and nav system, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

Under the skin, though, the Canyon and Colorado are identical. The standard engine is a 146kW (193hp)/253Nm 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol, while a 224kW (302hp)/366Nm 3.6-litre V6 is an option. Later the company will add a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel to the range.

Two cabin configurations (crew and extended cab) and two tray lengths (5ft/1.5m and 6ft/1.8m) are offered, as are rear- and all-wheel drive versions.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]