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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 GMC Canyon

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/28/2014 Jason Udy

Like the Chevrolet Colorado, the 2015 GMC Canyon returns to the midsize pickup segment after a brief hiatus. The 2015 Canyon brings with it new powertrains and revised styling that tie its looks to the larger GMC Sierra models and make it look less like its Bowtie platform-mate. While the Colorado is sold globally, the Canyon is only available for North America. Here is a look at the 2015 Canyon’s styling compared to its predecessor.

Up front, the 2015 Canyon’s bold grille features three wide and short chrome horizontal bars with the GMC logo proudly displayed in the center of the middle bar where the outgoing model featured a large framed grille with several thin black plastic horizontal slats. Where the previous model’s front lighting was as tall as the grille with the top-mounted park lights separated from the lower headlights by a horizontal grille surround extension, the 2015 Canyon features projector beam headlights with thin LED light bars above and below with a corner-mounted turn signal. The 2015 Canyon’s grille dips down farther into the front bumper, and a skid plate is now available.

Where the bottom of the previous model’s greenhouse was straight, the 2015 Canyon’s beltline swoops up as it travels rearward. The 2015 Canyon gets taller and wider fender flares than the new Colorado and the last-generation Canyon. Like the 2015 Colorado, the new Canyon features a body crease starting aft of the front fender on the front door that goes through the door handles along the top of the rear fender flare to meet the top of the taillights. A deep lower body line crease starts at the front door and progresses into the front of the rear fender flare. In back, the 2015 Canyon gets the larger Sierra’s CornerStep rear bumper.

The four-spoke steering wheel gets more stylized spokes, and cruise control and infotainment controls are new. The audio system/infotainment screen now sits higher in the center stack flanked by the climate vents, which used to sit below. Climate controls have been redesigned and the center stack is now connected to the center console, which now features the gear selector.

Now that the redesigned 2015 GMC Canyon has returned to the midsize pickup segment, we want to know if you prefer the styling of the new model or the last-generation Canyon.

2015 GMC Canyon© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 GMC Canyon

Last week, the refreshed 2015 Ford Expedition got quite a few negative comments: rasheedd said: “I'm saying revolting, just at the absolute lack of even trying.”Francyfimiani was less tactful: “U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi! You ugly, yeah yeah you ugly!!”

Not all comments were bad. MT-EEG thought it was “Refreshing and not overdone. Just classy, well done, with a hint of future style.”Shriker66 said it looks “better than the previous ones, so I will go with refreshing. Nice updates all around,” but thought GM would still dominate the full-size SUV segment. Jay_car_enthusiast said it was “Neither,” seeing “some Ford Freestyle mixed with new Ford Escape in the front end.”


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