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Inevitable GMC Canyon Denali spotted testing
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February 16, 2015
By: Chris Bruce



Practically every other model in the GMC lineup already offers a more luxurious Denali option, so why not extend that to the Canyon midsize pickup? It's hardly a surprise to see the brand doing just that, especially since the standard model seems to be proving quite a success.

Full article available at the link.
 

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If it is going to be a Denali, GM is likely to just fill this thing up with upscale options, give it some sort of upscale appearance package, and then add options that are not available on any other Canyon.

What they will probably not do are the very things I would want in a Denali Canyon (truth be told, I won't be in a market for anything like this, so what I think doesn't count at all to the 'bean-counters')
-Give it more power, even it is just a little more horsepower, give it something.
-Get bigger wheels on it, for appearance sake.
 

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Sounds like a $40-50k midsize truck, yikes.
 

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If they are going to offer a Denali trim/content package on the Canyon... I would hope they would offer a more level suspension setup to bring that tail down. That is the only thing I wish GM would do better with their upper trim. Otherwise, this will be an awesome thing to bring to the GMC fold. Just waiting for the ZR2-inspired package to come out with that mini-max!
 

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Sounds like a $40-50k midsize truck, yikes.
The Terrain Denali starts at $35,xxx and tops out right at $48,000. So I don't think that price range for a premium level mid-size pickup if they can charge the same for a compact CUV.
 

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More power would be nice, but didn't GM say there would be no engine sharing with the Silverado? Meaning there are no realistic V8's to use. Only leaves the TTV6, which wouldn't be a bad thing!

I think a Denali package will be great!
 

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More power would be nice, but didn't GM say there would be no engine sharing with the Silverado? Meaning there are no realistic V8's to use. Only leaves the TTV6, which wouldn't be a bad thing!

I think a Denali package will be great!
Agree

While I would really like to see a V8 in the Canyon Denali the 455 HP 3.6 TT from the ATS-V will do.

Really like to see a new GMC Syclone with the 455 HP 3.6 TT from the ATS-V connected to the 6-Speed manual with the same 3.73 Gears with optional 8-Speed.

Canyon Scylone would also have a Denali trim with the MRC suspension, Brembo brakes and unique wheel/tires

Denali could then use either the same V6 with 8-speed Manual or step-up to an all new S/C or TT 4.3L V8 or just use the 5.3L or 6.2L,.

Guess is that GM will go with the 3.6TT in the Denali with the CTS V-Sport tune of 420 HP.

Also need to offer the Turbo-Diesel as an option.

All Denali trims need to have a premium package added with features like MRC and/or Adjustable Air for a variety of ride heights as well as brake upgrades like Brembo brakes, interiors need more choices of colors/materials as well as infotainment upgrades.

Canyon needs an H3-T model as well complete with trim topping Denali trim.

This would give the Canyon (4) Denali trims with Canyon Denali, Denali Premium, Syclone Denali and H3-T (Alpha) Denali.
 

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I watched a near 70 year old man struggling to climb into his new Z71 Colorado with no step bars. Immediately I saw the need for standard step bars on the range topping Colorado, but then again will it ultimately be the range topping model? Luxury trim models need step bars. Even better, retractable step bars. Add in HUD, LED exterior lighting, maybe power tailgate, and chrome. To me, unique engines aren't needed for the Denali. But 8 or 10 speed transmissions I can see, all before going across all trims. The truth is, the full sized trucks need these thing in their Denali and High Country models.
 

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I watched a near 70 year old man struggling to climb into his new Z71 Colorado with no step bars. Immediately I saw the need for standard step bars on the range topping Colorado, but then again will it ultimately be the range topping model? Luxury trim models need step bars. Even better, retractable step bars. Add in HUD, LED exterior lighting, maybe power tailgate, and chrome. To me, unique engines aren't needed for the Denali. But 8 or 10 speed transmissions I can see, all before going across all trims. The truth is, the full sized trucks need these thing in their Denali and High Country models.
Good points.

Totally agree on the retractable step bars and other premium features for Canyon, Sierra and Yukon.

Ultimately the Denali needs a premium engine and that could be the attraction for the Denali Premium trim level.
 

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The Denali will hopefully have a lot of upgrades to make it a real specialty version of the truck, as well as stuff like upgraded leather and real wood. I'm guessing this will be LFX only but I'd like to see it add the 5.3L V-8 or a twin-turbo V-6 and phase the 8AT into the rest of the lineup.
 

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The Denali will hopefully have a lot of upgrades to make it a real specialty version of the truck, as well as stuff like upgraded leather and real wood. I'm guessing this will be LFX only but I'd like to see it add the 5.3L V-8 or a twin-turbo V-6 and phase the 8AT into the rest of the lineup.
Probably the V6 or Duramax only - though you can get the Terrain Denali with the 4cyl, so who knows?
 

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Sounds like a $40-50k midsize truck, yikes.
I have noticed so many of the new Canyon/Colorados on the road, more than I ever saw of the first gen and I am of the opinion that people really do prefer the size of the trucks and thus will pay for them despite the "conventional wisdom" that nobody would when they can get a full-size for close to the same price. I think the problem with smaller pickups was that they lacked in features compared to the full-size and I think GMC is proving that if you put those features and a premium package into a smaller truck, people will come! I think $40-50K for a premium midsize doesn't seem that unreasonable and will probably sell well -- Especially being GM will own the midsize luxury truck market.

I have been wanting a F150 Platinum but I like the idea of the smaller premium truck so I am definitely intrigued by this!
 
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