2016 GMC Canyon equipped with the new 2.8L Duramax diesel engine is said to be the most capable Duramax truck. However, Chevrolet will surely argue with that. Even more, it is a strange coincidence that both companies are releasing at the same time (day) a new Duramax pick-up truck, offering two exceptional rivals to the customers. The question here is, which one is better?
One can't simply argue, because both vehicles are actually powered by the same engine. So, obviously we are talking about GM debuting its new 2.8L Duramax diesel unit. But what it has to offer to the Canyon? Let's see.
Environmental Benefits of the 2.8L Duramax Diesel Engine
GMC Canyon, powered by this new turbo-diesel powertrain receives the trailering capacity of up to 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg). The engine is actually certified at 181 horsepower (135 kW) and 369 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm), but it is still capable of delivering greater highway fuel economy than the Canyon's gas engines.
In other words, this is the cleanest diesel truck engine ever created by General Motors. Another advantage is the standard Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission coupled with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter. It reduces the noise and vibration of the powertrain.
In addition, the smart diesel exhaust brake system improves vehicle's control and reduces brake wear on steep grades. Both the new integrated trailer brake controller and the electronically controlled two-speed transfer case on 4WD models, now come as a standard.
Trailering Package as a Standard Feature
The Duramax diesel engine will be available for SLE and SLT Crew Cab models. They can be equipped with 2WD or 4WD. In addition, the diesel-equipped models will get the Trailering package as a standard. It comprises of hitch receiver and seven-pin connector, as well as the automatic locking rear differential, a 3.42 rear axle ratio and four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife brake rotors.
The truck is also abundantly fitted with technologies and connectivity features like the GMC IntelliLink, Apple CarPlay capability, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.
2016 GMC Canyon Duramax is scheduled to go on sale this fall.