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2021 GMC Canyon Denali 

2021 GMC Canyon Denali review

With upscale looks, more luxurious interior, and a “right-sized” choice for a luxury truck, the new 2021 GMC Canyon is the ultimate expression of GMC’s expert grade capability, style, and luxury. Its release date, although marred in speculations, should be expected sometime in early 2021.

According to Duncan Aldred, the vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The redesigned Canyon Denali continues with its award-winning mix with its elevated content, distinctive styling and freshness, and a lux interior that has for several years been the hallmark of what the Denali nameplate ought to be ever since its introduction nearly two decades ago.” He continues to say, “Canyon is the segment’s first and only premium midsize truck, offering unparalleled capability and efficiency matched with maneuverability and refinement.”

Interior wise, Mulan leather-appointed seats are offered throughout the Jet Black interior surfaces. Others include Denali-logo floor mats, sill plates, unique console trim and instrument panel, and ventilated, perforated and heated front seats.

Some of the standard features available include full-color driver information center, automatic climate control, Onstar 4G LTE connectivity, an 8” diagonal color touchscreen, GMC IntelliLink with Navigation, smartphone app integration, and dual USB ports. As for the technologies, expect Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning systems.


2021 GMC Canyon Denali exterior

In conclusion, GMC seems to have done all the right things with the Canyon Denali, and there is no doubt that it will be successful once it hits the market later in the year or early next year. But even so, the Denali will have to face off with other bigwigs on the segment such as the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado High Country, and GMC’s own 2021 Sierra Denali.

We would bet money a good majority of folks buying the Canyon Denali really want the 2021 Sierra Denali, but in a smaller package that actually fits in their garage. On the other hand, the High Country is the range-topping trim model for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and provides a nearly equivalent level of refinement and luxury for Colorado buyers, but just with less flash.

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali is a 3.6L V6 engine rated at a healthy 305 hp and 269 lbs. ft. of torque. The engine comes mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission that is tasked with the responsibility of forwarding the power generated to the wheels.

When properly equipped, GMC says the new model should be able to tow a maximum of about 7,000 pounds on its hitch.


2021 GMC Canyon Denali engine

EPA also says the all-wheel drive V6 Crew Cab should be expected to return a fuel economy of 17/24/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Opting for the 2WD drops the highway rating to 26 mpg.

Announced when the Canyon made its original debut back in 2014, the new 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel is the engine many have been waiting for. Then, it was expected the engine would be fuel miser and a torque monster. Well, both expectations have been met. The 2WD guise achieves 22/31/25 mpg, and 20/29/23 mpg for the 4WD option, while the output of the “baby Duramax” stands at 181 hp and 369 lbs. ft. of torque. More specs should, of course, be expected on its release date.

Exterior Changes & 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Interior Review

While looking good is part of Denali experience, much of the changes can be found on its cabin appointments. Such features include dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, a trip computer, leather upholstery, unique chrome accents, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Upgraded wood accents on the center console and door panels also help bring even a more appealing luxury to the cabin.

The most obvious is the bright mesh grille juxtaposed to the red GMC lettering in terms of exterior changes, and this is where many of the changes wrapped into the Denali trim can be found in terms of visual updates.


2021 GMC Canyon Denali interior

They include LED foglights and taillights, HID headlights, and daytime running lights. The exterior color palette also features additional paint colors. Standard exterior features include chrome accented side steps and bumpers, mirror caps and door handles, the spray-in bed liner, tow hooks, and foglights.

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Release Date & Price

We expect prices to start at about $34,000, although it is a speculation as GMC has yet to announce the pricing for the 2021 Canyon Denali. However, checking all the boxes might set you back by slightly over $41,900.

As for its release, sources privy to the Denali developments allege the truck should be expected sometime early 2021.

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