The GMC Canyon is a fancier version of the Chevy Colorado. An even nicer Denali version was inevitable and it’s finally confirmed out for 2017. Here’s what it looks like, let’s see if it’s worth the coin.

With nice materials, solid build quality and good ergonomics the current standard Canyon is extremely comfortable and well-appointed at the top trims.

Denali will presumably carry over those qualities, and officially add:

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  • The Denali signature Australian-barbecue sized chrome grille.
  • 20 inches of blingy wheels.
  • Chrome fog lamp surrounds.
  • Chrome side-steps.
  • And to mix it up, a little extra chrome on the tailpipe.

Inside the seats are a softer-than-standard leather, with heaters and coolers up front. Console trim and gauges are also Denali-specific, plus kickplates and a standard bedliner.

Like the rest of the GMC lineup, Denali trucks are considered their own models rather than a separate trim level. You’ll be able to get a Canyon Denali as a crew cab only, in 2WD or 4WD with the 3.6 V6 or 2.8 Duramax Diesel.

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Right now the most expensive Canyon would be a four-door longbed SLT with 4WD, which starts at about $39,000. Adding the diesel engine and a few options gets you to $45,000 easily. Official prices have not been announced for the Canyon Denali, but with the full-sized Sierra Denali commanding about a $5,000 premium over an equivalent standard version, I think it’s safe to say the luxo-Canyon will be north of $45,000 in most configurations.

It’s going to look great and be beautifully comfortable. Will that be enough to warrant the kind of cash that would get you much more capability and almost as much luxury?


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