BOLTON EST (Eastern Townships) – General Motors must be given credit. When the manufacturer imported its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in North America, it comfortably carved out a place in the mid-size pickup segment. Today, this type of van picks up the gallon with new vehicles like the Jeep Gladiator and the Ford Ranger, not to mention the Nissan Frontier, which will be completely changed next year, as well as the bizarre, but very competent Honda Ridgeline.
Even with new competitors in the arena, the GM duo continues to perform well on the sales charts. More than 180,000 units were sold on our continent last year. It is clear that Colorado and Canyon are doing well. That said the fact that Canyon / Colorado sells profusely did not stop GM from bringing them some new stuff. One of them is a new ensemble called Elevation that we had the opportunity to test on the roads of the Eastern Townships.
It will take a few more years
The success of the GMC Canyon / Chevrolet Colorado is so marked that GM has simply canceled the update that was planned for the 2020 model year. It will be until 2021 for a brand new mid-size pickup truck at General Motors. While waiting for this to happen, we must do with all the qualities, and all the faults of a truck that has been with us unchanged for four years. This means that in 2019, it’s still not possible to equip your Canyon with a starter button, moon roof, keyless unlock, or expect assembly quality. a modern pickup about car covers.
At least the Canyon remains a good little truck, capable of towing up to 7,700 lbs (3,493 kg), making it the strongest in the segment. Three engines are on the menu, a quality not offered by the competition. The basic versions are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, delivering 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. A Dura ax turbo diesel engine with 369 lb-ft of torque is used for workers’ needs. A 3.6-liter V6 – the most popular engine in the range – is offered on the best equipped versions, developing 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.
Our test model was powered by the V6, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The $ 680 Elevation kit can only be added to SLE Crew Cab short-box versions equipped with the V6 or Dura ax. It is a purely aesthetic package that adds 18-inch blackened wheels wrapped in P265 / 60R18 four-season tires, a blackened grille, and a painted grid outline in the same color as the body. Unlike its big brother, Sierra Elevation, which comes with a four-cylinder turbo engine, nothing changes under the hood of Canyon Elevation. At least, the whole does not cost much…
On the road
Although the Canyon is getting older, we still appreciate its strong driving dynamics. Certainly, the design of its dashboard seems to come straight from another decade, and cheap plastics scattered in the cockpit no longer have their place in 2019, but the Canyon remains an agile van and pleasant to drive in general. Among the intermediate truck segment, the Canyon’s handling is positioned between that of a Toyota Tacoma and a Honda Ridgeline. While the Honda is the most refined of the lot by its anybody design, and the Tacoma is rougher with its rudimentary steel frame design, the Canyon (and Colorado) blend harmoniously the benefits of each. It is sporty and refined, without causing you back pain. We particularly love the V6 engine, which is not only soft and powerful, but it sounds great, especially when it staggers rev / min. The gearbox, meanwhile, is flawless, downshifting quickly when requested, without unpleasant hesitation when crushing the mushroom. GM stands out by calibrating its gearboxes, and that of the Canyon is no exception.
However, although its interior is spacious considering its external dimensions, the Canyon is still smaller than a Ranger, a Gladiator or a Ridgeline. We are not fond of fabric seats either. These are completely absent from a lumbar support. At least, the seating position of this GMC is significantly better than that of a Toyota Tacoma. And we give points to GMC for its simple, efficient and easy-to-grasp multimedia system, either by touch or physical controls. In addition, this system comes standard with a Wi-Fi (subscription), as well as connectivity Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Despite some shortcomings of being with us since the 2015 model year, the 2019 GMC Canyon remains an excellent mid-size pickup truck. It is a small truck that remains attractive, pleasant to drive, and has enough flexibility in its versions and power trains to meet all kinds of needs. We wonder, however, why the Canyon is not selling as well as Colorado. Although it performs well in Canada with almost identical sales figures as its cousin, the GMC is struggling to seduce the US market. If GMC used the same strategy as the Sierra, that is, to offer exclusive variants to the Canyon, like the AT4 version of its big brother, the Canyon could perhaps better stand out from Colorado. Regarding Elevation, we are not convinced that it is worth it. If it offered a unique engine, such as the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo 2.0 GMC Acadia 2020 Canyon Elevation would be much more interesting.
The Ford F-150 Electric is capable of towing
Ford has released this short video showing its prototype F-150 electric pickup truck in action. This marketing operation is obviously intended to promote the addition of this purely electric variant on the market within a few years. Ford even reiterated that the livery hybrid would be marketed from next year. However, the video that also involves owners of F-150 pickups (from previous generations and the current model) focuses on this fully electric F-150 prototype that has the hard task of towing a dozen train cars to two floors, these totaling the astronomical weight of one million pounds (or more than 453,000 kg).
The electric van must then tow the same load in addition to 42 F-150 2019 pickup trucks added to the total weight, which is the number of years the utility vehicle dominated new vehicle sales in the United States. In Canada, the F-150 has been at the top of sales for 52 years. “Ford has confirmed that it will market an all-electric F-150 […] This model will join the all-new F-150 Hybrid, which will be released next year. The two electrified models will have the tenacity, capacity and innovation expected by F-150 customers, “Ford said in its statement. The engineer in charge of the F-150 pickup truck, Linda Zhang, is responsible for towing these two important loads. Take the time to watch this short video, if only to confirm that there is indeed an electric future for the Ford pickup truck.
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2020 unveiled
The new Hyundai Sonata has not even reached our continent as already, the manufacturer unveils the first details surrounding the hybrid livery, scheduled for the 2020 model year. Of course, the most recent power assisted Sonata is based on the latest generation of the model with a revolutionary design … for the model at least! Speaking of design, the Sonata Hybrid is somewhat different from the model unveiled earlier this year with an exclusive grille, aerodynamic wheels (16 or 17 inches) as well as the fin integrated in the taillights. However, it is the solar roof that wins the palm of the most distinctive element in this case.
Indeed, this roof which has the function of recharging the battery to improve the autonomy, in addition to preventing the discharge of it. The builder even says that six hours of daily recharging (with solar panels on the roof) contribute to add up to 1300 km of additional autonomy per year. Unsurprisingly, the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2020 also comes with newly introduced technology, the Active Transmission Control System that would reduce gear shift time by up to 30 percent, and reduce vehicle pitch variations by up to 50 percent. by the slow decelerations and accelerations caused by gear changes. Hyundai says gear changes are faster and more flexible at a time.
Under the hood, the Sonata Hybrid comes with this Smart stream G2.0 GDi HEV 4-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine immediately delivers 150 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque, while the electric motor adds 51 horsepower to the equation, not to mention the additional 151 lb-ft. Result: the total power of this sedan reaches 192 horses. The average fuel consumption of this new Sonata Hybrid would mean a more than acceptable average of 5.2 L / 100 km. It remains to be seen if Hyundai Canada will offer this new Sonata frugal at the pump, but if the past is guarantor of the future, we should receive this variant “green” in the coming months.