2.8L Duramax rounds out the 2016 GMC midsize pickup power offerings
GMC introduced the 2016 Canyon diesel today – featuring an all-new powertrain that expands the Canyon’s already class-leading capabilities, including trailering capacity of up to 7,700 pounds in the 2WD model and 7,600 pounds in the 4x4s.
The new 181hp 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is shared with the Chevrolet Colorado and adds $3,730 to the sticker price, pumps out 369 lb-ft of torque and will be available this fall.
It’s estimated to deliver greater highway fuel economy than the Canyon’s segment-topping gas engines, with highway estimates nearing 30mpg. The new Duramax is also the cleanest diesel truck engine ever from General Motors.
Several new technologies and supporting features complement the Duramax diesel’s capability while helping ensure GMC’s trademark refinement:
- Standard Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission matched with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter, which reduces powertrain noise and vibration
- Smart diesel exhaust brake system that enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear on steep grades
- An all-new integrated trailer brake controller is standard and exclusive on diesel models
- A new, electronically controlled two-speed transfer case on 4WD models.
“The new Duramax diesel takes the GMC Canyon’s award-winning capabilities to a new level in its segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.
The new Duramax diesel is offered on SLE and SLT Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. It is priced $3,730 more than a comparably equipped Canyon V-6 model.
All diesel-equipped models feature the Trailering package, which includes a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector, as well as the segment-exclusive automatic locking rear differential, a 3.42 rear axle ratio and four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife™ brake rotors. Capacities include:
- Maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) for 2WD models and 7,600 pounds (3,447 kg) for 4WD
- Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings of 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) for 2WD and 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg) for 4WD.