For good reason, most Canadians are stigmatized against Diesel engines right now. After Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, Fiat Chrysler (manufacturers of the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel) has now been accused of installing undisclosed devices that release diesel emissions exceeding what is permitted under the Clean Air Act. Despite the rule breakers, you shouldn’t swear off diesel engines altogether. Especially now that the GMC Canyon Diesel has arrived.
New 2017 Canyon Diesel
The 2017 GMC Canyon diesel offers a 2.8L Duramax. Its 10.8 L/100 km city and 7.9 L/100 km hwy are the best fuel economy numbers in its class. And, while its 181 horsepower might sound underpowered, it makes full use of each one. With a payload of 1508 pounds and conventional trailering of 7700 pounds, the Canyon has power belying its frame. That frame, by the way, also ensures GMC small pickup is maneuverable. Combined with the standard Rear Vision Camera, the Canyon is surprisingly easy to parallel park.
Auto Trader also mentions that the Canyon is especially quiet for a diesel: “There is a thick blanket of insulation under the hood, and GM has added damping materials to the valve covers and oil pan. […] You can tell that it’s a diesel at idle and while accelerating, but during steady in-town or highway driving the engine is nearly silent.” Additionally, GMC has used an inlaid door design with triple seals. Noise is a factor that mars the driving experience in many diesel vehicles. But, because the Canyon is billed as the first smart-sized luxury pickup, ensuring peace and quiet is vital. And the fact that GMC has managed to do it with a diesel engine is all the more impressive.
More than Diesel
To further the Canyon’s signature luxury, GMC have included a number of first-class features. Those features include projector-beam headlamps with signature LEDs, CornerStep rear bumper, and the available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Of course, there are countless other features that set the Canyon apart. You can check them out for yourself, but the most important thing is to know the Canyon is unmatched among urban trucks that pack functionality when you need it.
But Auto Trader puts it best. They conclude that the Canyon “is a bit of a surprise. It’s a smaller truck that can do almost everything the big ones can. It can haul, it can tow, it can go off-road, and it can take five people to get a double-double.” And, if we’re being honest, that last point is probably the most important for Canadian pickup drivers. You can check out more of the 2017 Canyon’s features by following the link below.