It's Official: New GMC Canyon on the Way

After many months of speculation and secrecy, Brian Sweeney, vice president of Buick and GMC, finally announced today that there will be a new GMC Canyon midsize pickup to be paired with the previously announced Chevy Colorado. Both trucks will be built in the soon-to-be reconditioned and upgraded truck plant in Wentzville, Mo.

Although no mechanical or engine information was released, we think it's safe to say GM will continue with the same two-truck strategy with the Chevy and GMC pair that we are all familiar with: Chevy will likely continue to be the mainstream, work-friendly, price-aggressive model, with GMC mapping out a more upscale territory for itself. And if the new large and small GMC SUVs or rumors about the new Silverado vs. Sierra exterior design are true, we'd expect more visual and body styling separation between the two.

Exact production and arrival timing to dealerships will be announced later.

“While we continue to make strong progress in fuel-economy gains on our full-size trucks, we know that there is a group of customers who want the functionality of a truck but may not need full-size pickup,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick and GMC Marketing. “We believe that introducing a new agile and efficient mid-size Canyon will meet the needs of many pickup buyers.”

We should note that because General Motors only produces and sells the Chevy Colorado overseas, there are no photos of GMC models yet (likely only to be sold in the U.S. and Canada). Below are two global Chevy Colorado models. If you want to know more about how the new Chevy Colorado (badged as a Holden Colorado in Australia) performed in our most recent Global Pickup Shootout, click here

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Comments

The Cartruckenstein commeth!

Drum brakes in the back? for Pete sake!

Diesel and 6-spd manual please.

BARF.....wow that looks bad

@Alfy,

Do you like the Tacoma better? I bet you do, did you know there are drum brakes on the back of it?

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/03/is-this-the-2014-gmc-canyon-.html

Better looking IMO... Give me a powerful 6 cylinder, 7k towing and 26+ mpg's and call it a day.

I hope that model isn't the new one. There is no excuse to put drum brakes on the back of a brand new re designed truck.

The Silverado has rear drum brakes, I think GM is the last manufacturer still using them, pretty sad.

I wish GM would get rid of GMC already. Too much saturation.

That being said... I hope the Canyon looks more aggressive and I hope both models have a small diesel engine as an option.

THIS IS UGLY TRUCK!!!

@Richard
The Silverado has rear drum brakes, I think GM is the last manufacturer still using them, pretty sad.

Tacoma still has rear drum brakes.

Only midsize truck with 4 wheel disc brakes now is the Frontier.
Dial it back a bit and the '98 - 2004 S10 4WD trucks have 4 wheel disc. And it is/was not uncommon to go 100K miles on the OEM brake pads. Would prefer to see this setup come back in the next gen. But I won't hold my breath.

GM clearly has lost it's soul for the midsize truck market with the advent of the Colorado and the absolute blandness and cheapness of the platform. No "true" offroad package, no "true" SS Street package. Just bland.

Hence the reason why I still have my 02' S10 ZR2 and will drive it until the wheels fall off and force me to buy a Raptor.

Prove me wrong GM and actually be bold and make a great truck for once this decade. Don't cut corners and sacrifice the trucks features to the bean counters.

One last thing.. bring back the manual tranmission across all engines for this truck.

GM went back to drum rear brakes fom discs. Apparently they're "cheaper and easier to maintain".

It blows me away how most of the R&D the big three put into midsize trucks goes overseas. It's time for them to let go of the idea that "Oh, they're Americans, they only want half-tons and above." Obviously false, and a simple read through PUTC will prove it. Consumers feel alienated. Americans will buy quality midsize trucks if they're offered, but putting this out there with rear drums, boring trim packages, and probably the same underpowered I5 isn't doing much to turn the stigma around.

Meanwhile, Nissan and Toyota are actually listening to American midsize truck consumers and consequently dominating the segment, which is growing every day.

Glad to see the Colorado & Canyon come regardless if they have rear drum brakes. At least GM will have a midsize truck for those of us that want midsize. It would be nice if it had the diesel for those that want a diesel and I would think that these trucks would offer a manual transmission. Rear disc brakes would be nice but at this point at least it will be available in NA. As for looks I could live with the looks, I have seen much worse. If you want to talk about ugly lets mention the Pontiac Aztech, Nissan Cube, Kia Soul, and the AMC Pacer.

@ least the cube and the soul fulfill their role very well. They are fantastic small city commuter cars. Dollars to dimes says this will *not* fulfill its role as a mid size truck well, and Nissan and Toyota will continue to gain. Ford is really dumb to not bring that global ranger here. Even if it is close in size to the F150, a lot of small truck guys would still buy it just because "its a ranger".

The shape of the red one in the photos doesn't look too bad, but that grey one looks--bent. They still 'look' too big for my taste--like I still have to sit *up* into them rather than sitting *down*. Max height--for me should be 5 feet. Bed length? 6 feet. Cabin? Don't need or want jump seats but I do like the idea of two-level storage for in-cab gear and cargo. Maybe I could find a way to replace the cushioned jumpers with a simple, upholstered, fold-down shelf.

How can you judge these trucks until you see them and drive them? I would rather wait till they come out before I pass judgement on them. At least GM will have a midsize truck where Ford and Ram do not. Owning a Colorado cousin it is not as bad a truck as many think. I have been more than satisfied with my Isuzu over the past 4 years. If these trucks are the same or better then that would be good as long as they don't have all hard plastics on the

I wish GM would get rid of GMC already. Too much saturation.

-THIS! The GovernmentMotorCompany badge sucks. No company in the world needs 2 truck lines yet somehow GM finds it convenient to use our taxdollars for that purpose. Chevrolet needs to leave the Government Motors company in the dust and start fresh!

Nothing wrong with drum brakes on the back of a pick-up. They work fine. They're cheap. Best of all- the parking brake actually works right, sice it applies the full-size brake shoes, rather than a dinky pair in the hat of the rotor. I think even unchanged, the look of the Colorado will grow on most people. Te new GMC look is sharp.
BTW, Saw an Amarok scooting up US23 this morning. I don't know of any VW R&D shops in SE MI, so unless its part of something like Bosch's "Clean Diesel" fleet, it's here for EPA eval.

This truck is one Ugly pos. Drums? Lol. As cheap as the fullsizers. Who greenlighted the Equinox to have a Chinese bed?


Hence the reason why I still have my 02' S10 ZR2 and will drive it until the wheels fall off and force me to buy a Raptor.

@DB, yep. The ZR2 was Chevy's last great small truck! Way better looking that this thing.


I wish GM would get rid of GMC already.

@MOAR, What would those redneck hillbillies drive? GMC has 2, maybe 3 categories of buyers. You've got the redneck hillbillies who always say stuff like "GMC had buses". They proudly display their shotgun, rebel flag and "Saw Em Off" bullhorns in their back windows. Then you have the trailer park trash crowd who are lucky enough to swing a loan for a 50k Denali to park in front of their 10k dollar trailer. I think it must help with self esteem issues to roll with the Blingy stuff much like you see in the ghetto with Escalades and Denali's.. And then your average soccer mom who buy Acadias instead of minivans because they do look better.

You couldn't pay me to drive a GMC and be associated with those crowds. Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan.. No problem. GMC, no go.

It looks like it shares the front end of the Chevy Cruze. I hope this starts the wheels rolling at Ford and Ram to offer a small/midsize truck. A small pick-up can fill the role of a commuter or those weekends that you throw in a tent and a canoe on top to have fun and use less fuel to boot.

I'll ask the obvious question, why?? The Colorado is already coming. Just more redundant crap from GM. Ford needs to bring over the Ranger and just kill this company already. I'm so sick of GM/GMC. Just go away..

@AaronTimm

Sure two is good, it's called choice, look it up between Aaron and idiot. Unlike the other two if you don't like one you might like the other, where as if you don't like the grill on Ford, too bad or the Wheels on Dodge, good bye...

For the longest time people complained about the Chevy and GMC being the exact same and no differentiation except a grill and emblem, now they are finally giving them distinction and all they do is complain. Fird and Dodge had to go upscale on their trucks since they don't have another brand aimed at "luxury trucks" so they have to take the same front end they design for their work trucks and pretty them or, or Dodge has to do the same and take a good looking truck and ugly it down for work duty (read construction type work) and workers might think too pretty to get dirty. GM on the other hand can have two completely different designs and cater those to the consumer. If the box checker that wants a luxury car but the persona of a truck owner will need to have other design elements as opposed to the rancher that uses his truck for work and wants those elements and not all the pretty design cues. It is a great idea, sure there will be a few numb nuts that boast only Chevy but 98% of the rest of the population that shops a truck brand doesn't care and knows its from the same company. Keep it up GM, your sales show...

BTW, seemed like a good enough idea that Ford tried it (the number 1 in sales) with Lincoln and it failed.

Anyways another moron complaining about GMC yet boasting about Chevy. Like its been said before, SAME COMPANY! Hey, way to sound like an idiot though! Hey, why not go yell at Dodge or Ford for using government funds ya hypocrite

The funny thing here is, just like with the F-150, GM won't outsell the Tacoma with 2 different divisions on count. That company is so screwed up. They should have gone out of business or forced to restructure under 1 brand only. Pick one I don't care. GM and all of it's many brands is a pathetic relic of the early 1900's. The rest of the world has moved on. Not Government Motors. And whether they ever paid back the loans or not, they wouldn't be here without the government. I'd have so much more respect for them if they had gone out of business and one of their companies just started over the old fashioned way. With hard work, quality product and no handouts.

You couldn't pay me to drive a GMC and be associated with those crowds. Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan.. No problem. GMC, no go.

@Mark, I feel the same. That and the GMC (GovtMoCo) stigma. How embarassing.

Ford and Ram will not bother with midsize or small trucks until gas gets higher and they are stuck with a lot full of full size trucks. The Chinese will have to step into the US with their midsize trucks and then sell alot of them. As for front ends all the truck makers are going to more aerodynamic designs to meet the new fuel standards. If the rest of the truck is good then most midsize truck buyers will accept it. Full size truck buyers for the most part will never buy anything else unless the price differences become wider and the fuel economy greater and even then it would take higher gas prices and maybe fuel shortages similiar to the 70s to get a full size truck buyer to change.

Most of the fanboys on this site that complain about GM will never buy anything else but a full size F-150 and a Hemi V8 Ram anyway. To me it does not matter what brand name is on it or if it is American, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean as long is it is affordable and reliable.

Wow that is the most feminine and ugly combination I have seen. Not the qualities you want in a truck. Can't imagine guys buying these. I sure hope they used up their ugly juice on these so they could design a good looking Silverado. This really scares me. GM, why have you forsaken me?

For the longest time people complained about the Chevy and GMC being the exact same and no differentiation except a grill and emblem, now they are finally giving them distinction and all they do is complain. Fird and Dodge had to go upscale on their trucks since they don't have another brand aimed at "luxury trucks" so they have to take the same front end they design for their work trucks and pretty them or, or Dodge has to do the same and take a good looking truck and ugly it down for work duty (read construction type work) and workers might think too pretty to get dirty. GM on the other hand can have two completely different designs and cater those to the consumer. If the box checker that wants a luxury car but the persona of a truck owner will need to have other design elements as opposed to the rancher that uses his truck for work and wants those elements and not all the pretty design cues. It is a great idea, sure there will be a few numb nuts that boast only Chevy but 98% of the rest of the population that shops a truck brand doesn't care and knows its from the same company.

@Tyler, that's asinine. Ford takes the same truck under the same brand, makes different trim levels for the truck and outsells your 2 brands combined. So does Dodge. And ALL of their trucks look the Same save for trim packages. You don't need 2 trucks. GM is just a pathetic company that can't make 1 great truck so they half ass 2 of them. Everybody on planet earth knows Chevy's and GMC's are from the same line. I have far more respect for the Chevy guys though. Those are the engineer types who build the engines and world class cars like the Corvette, drag cars like the Camaro's and Chevelle's and they'd be the one's to build trucks like the Ford Raptor and Dodge Power Wagon. I alway thought GMC was an utterly stupid rebadge of a Chevy truck. I'd never own one same truck or not. And pointed out, it says GM right on the badge. No thanks. That's a deal killer right out of the gate anymore.

This Colorado is not a very attractive truck.

Anyways another moron complaining about GMC yet boasting about Chevy. Like its been said before, SAME COMPANY!

-Except for Chevrolet Could have gone on without Government funds as an independent company. GM swindled the American Taxpayer out of Billions for their Chinese operations for Buick (IE:Opel) and Opel itself over in Europe which is the Only reason GMC trucks even still exist. To keep the U.S. Buick dealer afloat. The only real and true respectable part of old GM left was Chevrolet. And since GM pisses all over Chevrolet trucks, piss on them. Fox, Limbaugh, Oreilly and Hannity should be running this story about GMC-Buick-Opel around the clock. GM-GMC is evil at it's core. And I'd never buy a Chevrolet because they're part of GM.

This truck looks like a mutt. Ugly as could be. I thought they were going to fix this horrible design for NA?

Wow that is the most feminine and ugly combination I have seen. Not the qualities you want in a truck. Can't imagine guys buying these. I sure hope they used up their ugly juice on these so they could design a good looking Silverado. This really scares me. GM, why have you forsaken me?

@Shopping, well said.

You don't need 2 trucks. GM is just a pathetic company that can't make 1 great truck so they half ass 2 of them. Everybody on planet earth knows Chevy's and GMC's are from the same line. I have far more respect for the Chevy guys though

@Jeff Elis, Well said. I don't like GMC's either. It's Chevrolet or Ford for me.

Ferd isn't bringing the ranger because it may hut the full size pickup truck "" SALES ""..!!!!!!

GM swindled the American Taxpayer out of Billions for their Chinese operations for Buick (IE:Opel) and Opel itself over in Europe which is the Only reason GMC trucks even still exist.

@Ron, just one more reason to let GM die. I was always disgusted by GMC's too. I remember pulling one into the shop for service and all of our techs laughed at it because it had a Chevy tailgate on there. All of the service manuals on file were for Chevrolet engines so that's what we used. If it has a Chevy engine, as far as I'm concerned, it's a Chevy. For them to stick another badge engineered name on there is typical GM though. I'm glad Ford learned this lesson the hard way with that Lincoln they tried. Never follow GM, never again. Keep it real Ford!

HURT

Redundancy at it's finest. GM"c" blows.

@TimH, phillyguy & Jeff S - What you guys don't realize is the more Colorados and Canyons GM sells, the more money Ford makes.

First you have to realize that it costs the same to build mid-size trucks and full-size. Then if there isn't a same size SUV to amortize drivertrains, components and assembly lines, that further drives up costs.

When you build the smallest Big three pickup, most of or a greater portion of your sales will be to fleet buyer that will only buy heavily discounted trucks that already sell at a loss, full MSRP.

Aside from all the rental agencies, private business and couriers, you have government agencies and utilities that strictly buy Big 3. They only want the smallest, base stripper trucks around.

With GM stepping up to the 'plate' and taking the pressure off, Ford can go back to producing more upscale full-size and letting GM take the loss PLUS cannibalize their own on top of it.

I think we can all agree they are on the right track with offering a mid size that will be better on gas than a full size.

@ BUILT "" FERD TERD TOUGH "" Where is the Ferd to match it??????????????????????????????

I think we can all agree they are on the right track with offering a mid size that will be better on gas than a full size.

@Ryan. I agree, and that truck is called the Chevrolet Colorado. GMC being alive is the sole reason I'll never invest in this company. Chevrolet-Cadillac should have been all in house under one roof and been it. Keep Buick's in China based off of Chevrolet global platforms, axe Opel. GMC likewise should have been axed. It just devalues the Chevrolet brand and hurts long term profits. Gm was Forced to close all of those other brands and they didn't lose much of anything. They should have been forced to close GMC. I'll never support GMC or Buick nor buy GM shares for this fundemental reason. GM has made the Biggest long term mistake concerning business strategy I've seen in all of my life.

SO glad I went ahead and bought a 2012 Tacoma TRD off road 4x4 instead of waiting on this piece of crap to be released. Looks like Toyota Tacoma's won't have much competition from GM this time around either. This is becoming embarrassing for Obama Motors. I mean, really. I'm glad I ride around in THE BEST mid-size truck on the market!

@DenverMike
A SUV Colorado.

The new T6 Ranger has a SUV version as well. These are quite large SUVs.

Drum Brakes. Remember these are designed to be real trucks that carry alot more weight than your 1/2 ton pickups. Maybe when they are "Americanised" you will get discs. The SUV version will have discs on the rear.

http://www.themotorreport.com.au/55045/holden-colorado7-suv-4wd-spotted-in-melbourne

@Jeff S Seen both the Colorado and Isuzu in a Off White Colour.
Have to agree both have a slightly bulbous front as commented by others. Isuzu does look better though.

SO glad I went ahead and bought a 2012 Tacoma TRD off road 4x4 instead of waiting on this piece of crap to be released. Looks like Toyota Tacoma's won't have much competition from GM this time around either. This is becoming embarrassing for Obama Motors. I mean, really. I'm glad I ride around in THE BEST mid-size truck on the market!

@Robert, I agree. This Colorado is not good at all. Nothing like the old ZR2 S-10 and nothing like the overseas Ranger which I hope is coming now. I too would rather have the Toyota. And what's up with this stupid GMC truck. I'm so sick of those GM/GMC initials.. Obama,GM,Obama,GMc,Obama,Government Motors,Obama,GovtMoCo,Obama Denali.. I'm about fed up with both of them for an entire lifetime. Yuck. Chevy was the only worthwhile thing GM ever had anyway. Redneck unions, whitetrash and ghetto dwellers is right on the money for GMC owners. GMC is horrible. At least make the Chevrolet good if you're going to steal money from the American public.

Maybe when they are "Americanised" you will get discs. The SUV version will have discs on the rear.

@Big Al, All American 1 tons have disc brakes GM included. GM got Cheap on their little trucks plain and simple. They are the Cheapest company in the automotive world. STILL.

Maybe when they are "Americanised" you will get discs.

My 2500HD has discs all around. I'd have it no other way. So do all of our HD cargo Express vans at Fed Ex. If Chevrolet wants to nickel and dime their trucks yet again, I will take my business elsewhere.


I'm so sick of those GM/GMC initials..

-Me too. GMC sucked years ago as a kid and they suck now. Just a rebadged Chevrolet.

Toyota is the best of what is left in the midsize truck segment which is pathetic. And make no mistake, sales overall of the midsize truck market have dwindled by over 70% since the last decade.

Toyota's Tacoma as the midsize segment leader barely sells 100K trucks annually today. 10 years ago the S10 would sell 300K trucks annually, and it was second behind the Ranger. (the Tacoma was a distant 3rd or 4th at the time if I recall) Your statement Michael:
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Meanwhile, Nissan and Toyota are actually listening to American midsize truck consumers and consequently dominating the segment, which is growing every day.
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is laughable at best. The Tacoma has never beat the S10 in sales and has never sold more than 150K trucks annually. Its class leader of a shrinking segment.. not a growing one. And listening.. does Toyota have a V8 or a SFA Tacoma.. no.. does it even come with a good skid plate package.. no. Toyota listening.. that's funny. And Nissan, I am surprised they are still around to be honest.

So yeah be happy for a overpriced, midsized, p.o.s truck that is the current Tacoma. Because that is all you the consumer have left to choose in the midsize market.

GM has a opportunity here, but I don't trust them to realize it. There is nothing left in the midsize market that ooo's and ahh's many including me. There is nothing left that says, that is badass and I want it.

In the fullsize you have the PowerWagon and the Raptor. If GM would follow through and come out with the GMC All Terrain concept, then you would have a 3rd.

Thats the way I see it. The midsize truck segment is a shade of its former glory.

Rear disc brakes were dropped on the 1500 pickups because the parking brakes had a hard time holding a loaded truck on a hill. The Tahoe/Yukon still have rear discs, and the HD's have had rear discs (and a much larger drum parking brake) since 2001. I am surprised the Ford has not gone back to rear drums on the Super Duty due to all the problems they have with the parking brake parts and backing plates rusting off. Seems to me that ought to be a recall.

@DJ88 and Lou-Adelmund
Discs vs Drums. They both have advantages. Having discs all round doesn't necessarily mean they will be better.

A drum brake assembly is heavier and cheaper to construct, but they also provide better stopping power under certain connditions. There biggest drawback is cooling.

Disc brakes on the rear of a truck doesn't provide as big an advantage as replacing drums. Remember drums have a bigger surface area in relation to their diameter.

I cannot stand drum brakes. Nothing but a PITA. Discs are so much easier to replace, keep cool, keep clean in snow, water, mud conditions and maintain overall. If GM is using drums again on this truck it only goes to show the bean counters are at the helm trying to save pennies. And in that case, this company won't last another 10 years. Bean counters and multiple brands are what killed GM and drove them into the Governments loving arms. I'd just Love to see a ZR1 Corvette or Cadillac CTS-V with Drum Brakes. People would go insane. It's Not ok on those cars and it's Not ok for a truck period.

And I never liked the Canyon. It was a waste of money before. Now it's a waste of My money. GMC is a dead man's brand walking.

Rear disc brakes were dropped on the 1500 pickups because the parking brakes had a hard time holding a loaded truck on a hill.

@Bob, PLEASE. Why does our entire fleet of Chevy vans and trucks have Discs all around? For Stopping power that's why. We Never have problems with parking brakes. There is this nifty new thing called PARK with an automatic transmission. Quit making excuses for GM's cost cutting. Drum brakes suck and went out of fashion in the 1970's. Except for GM. And just the idea of yet Another truck from Another brand by these guys makes me sick. They just don't know when to quit. The GMC nameplate is likewise pathetic and that's being kind.

In the fullsize you have the PowerWagon and the Raptor. If GM would follow through and come out with the GMC All Terrain concept, then you would have a 3rd.

-I'd never buy a GMC All Terrain. A Chevy Silverado All Terrain maybe. Sorry man, the GMC badge is a buzzkill. Government Motors Corp isn't cool at all.



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