Zip Code: 20149

2020 GMC Canyon: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2019
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Model Preview

Since its return in 2015, the GMC Canyon has been one of the key models in the resurrection of the midsize pickup segment. Since its debut, though, there have been very few visual updates to this line of pickups, but this could change when the 2020 GMC Canyon hits showrooms.

The details are still scarce on the 2020 GMC Canyon, but given its been on the market for five model years, it is due for an update. There’s no need for a full redesign yet, but a light refresh should do the trick in the 2020 Canyon. If the 2020 GMC Canyon ends up with a refresh, we expect to see all-new headlights and taillights to better match the redesigned Sierra 1500, revised grille inserts, and updated wheel options.

In general, refreshes have little impact inside the cabin, and that may ring true if the 2020 GMC Canyon gets a refresh. There could be some mild changes, like new buttons and knobs, and updated materials, but the base style would remain the same.

2019 GMC Canyon

Under its hood, a refreshed 2020 GMC Canyon would likely remain unchanged. If this is the case, the base unit would remain a 200-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Next up would be a 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp. Topping the range would be a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder with 186 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. We also expect the transmission options to remain the same and include a standard six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with the 2.5-liter, a standard eight-speed automatic with the V6, and a six-speed automatic with the diesel engine.

The current GMC Canyon is no beacon of safety, as it not only lacks optional automatic emergency braking, but it also falls short in IIHS safety tests. It received only “Acceptable” ratings in the driver-side small-overlap and the side crash tests. Plus, it received a “Poor” score in the IIHS headlight test. It’s doubtful GMC will address any of this in a refreshed 2020 Canyon, so we expect these shortcomings to remain.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no confirmed release date for the 2020 GMC Canyon, but we expect production to start in mid-July. At the most, GMC will only refresh the 2020 Canyon, so we expect no big price hikes relative to the current model, which ranges from $23,295 to $45,295.

The 2020 GMC Canyon will compete with the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma.

Learn about the current Canyon on sale now »

Pictured: 2019 Canyon

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