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GMC Canyon Duramax 2.8L Turbo Diesel

GMC Canyon Duramax 2.8L Turbo Diesel

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel

GMC Canyon was introduced late last year as a 2015 model. GM’s “twin” models in the mid-size pickup segment, GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado compete with the Toyota Tacoma. Due to better design, powerful engines and better fuel economy, this segment promises a better future with growth in the next few years.

Engine

For the 2016 model year, GM added a powerful Duramax, Turbo Diesel engine to Canyon’s lineup. This engine delivers 181 hore power and a torque of 369 lbft at just 2000 revolutions per minute. For an extra $4,390 (over the gasoline engine), you get a better fuel economy, more torque and a longer life span for the same truck. It is up to you to calculate and decide if and when this surcharge will be amortized.

During our one-week test drive we had an average consumption of 7,2 liters in a mixed mood.

Canadian regulations do not require standardized fuel consumption tests for heavy duty vehicles (a class to which Canyon also belongs). So, we do not know how much we deviated from the “standard”. with a tank of 79 liters, the theoretical range is north of 1000 kilometers.

Interior

Do not expect to see surprises inside the cabin. It is not as fancy and complicated as in an Escalade. But, the dashboard is well designed and executed, controls are easy to reach and use, there are no disturbing gaps as you could see in GM vehicles until about 10 years ago. Front-seats are very comfortable for a work horse, legroom is very good for long trips and the back seat is reasonable for the additional two. In the rear, the seatbacks fold down to create for additional cargo area.

Conclusion

With the added advantage of a diesel engine, this mid-size truck of “professional grade” is a good alternative for small business owners, who need less than a full-size truck but drive high mileage.

The Specifications

Type of vehicle: Mid-size pickup
Engine: Duramax 2.8L Turbo Diesel ($4,390 extra over 3.6L V6 gasoline engine)
Transmission: 6-speed, automatic
Price (base/as tested): $39,895 / $49,940
Destination charge: CAD 1,695
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km): 16 city; 11.2 highway;13.9 combined
Optional features: (Total: $8,250)

(Intellilink audio with 8″ colour touch navigation, 5″ asisst steps, Bose Premium speaker system, spray-on bedliner, emerald green metallic, driver alert pasckage, all-weather floor mats, engine block heater, P265/60R-18 all-season tires.)

Total Price as Tested: $49,940

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)

For the most up-to-date and more detailed information, visit:

www.gmc.gm.ca

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Cadillac Escalade Platinum 4WD

The Ultimate Vehicle Of American Pride

The Escalade has a history of sixteen years and four generations. For some, this big and bold vehicle is the ultimate expression of American luxury in excess. Sitting on the top of GM’s rich SUV hierarchy (even in the short-wheelbase version as we tested) , it is big, bold, powerful and very luxurious. with overly large 22-inch rims and the Dark Granite Metallic exterior, it is also a reflection of masculine taste. It is polarizing in every aspect. You may fall in love with it or hate it.

A choreography of edges and swords of all sizes. The Cadillac design language is the the hard work of over a decade.

A choreography of edges and swords of all sizes. The Cadillac design language is the the hard work of over a decade.

Engine

Honestly, I do not have a driving history with the previous generations of Escalade. However, this vehicle offers a refined driving experience that goes far beyond a truck. With the immense power and torque of the 6.2 liter V8 machine under the hood, you are provoked to give gas and reach the acceleration of a sports car. The musical sound of the engine broadcasted from under the hood and exhaust is simply addicting. you may easily forget the environmental crimes you commit as you approach 20 liter mark.

 

The 6.2 liter, V8 engine offers 420 horsepower. Cylinder deactivation does not provide palpable benefits for a vehicle of this size, yet still a bold statement for environment

The 6.2 liter, V8 engine offers 420 horsepower. Cylinder deactivation does not provide palpable benefits for a vehicle of this size, yet still a bold statement for environment

Inside The Cabin

The interior features are simply impressive from the perfectly designed heads-up display to the 12-inch fully reconfigurable digital gauge cluster. Except the CUE system that still awaits a major overhaul. Dual DVD screens that are on the back of the front seat headrests. Bose sound system is impressive and a feature that this ultra-luxury SUV deserves. Adjustable foot pedals complement the luxury inside.

12" colour reconfigurable instrument cluster is a common feature in all Cadillacs

12″ colour reconfigurable instrument cluster is a common feature in all Cadillacs

I assume that Cadillac is waiting for the next-generation to replace the infamous CUV system.

I assume that Cadillac is waiting for the next-generation to replace the infamous CUV system.

But the high-seating position is so majestic that you sometimes feel you command the vehicle from the second floor.

However, once these shining features become the norm and you are used to this unusual vehicle, the shortcomings become more noticeable. For a vehicle of this size, even the second row seats do not provide enough legroom and the third row seats are nearly for kids. And this despite the limited luggage space. Well, maybe I am ex-aggregating. A longer wheelbase version is available to eliminate all these “perceived” shortcomings.

The third row offers limited legroom and not much to the benefit of the luggage compartment.

The third row offers limited legroom and not much to the benefit of the luggage compartment.

Conclusion

In the last ten years or so, General Motors has been working hard to fully utilize the great heritage of the Cadillac brand and firmly establish it in the luxury segment. And the second part of a great journey has begun under the leadership of Johan de Nysschen, the new Cadillac boss. The Escalade is and will be a big part of this exciting journey.

The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto with its Art-Deco style was a fitting background for the bold and edgy Escalade

The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant in Toronto with its Art-Deco style was a fitting background for the bold and edgy Escalade

 

The Specifications

Type of vehicle: Full-size SUV
Engine: 6.2 liter DI, V8-cylinder DOHC, with cylinder de-activation
Transmission: 8-speed, automatic
Price (base/as tested): $101,720 / $105,690
Destination charge: CAD 1,950
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km): 16 city; 11.2 highway;13.9 combined
Optional features

(22″-9 spoke ultra-bright silver-metallic aluminium whhels with chrome inserts, Nappa-leather, dual DVD screens, 18-way power front seats with massage function for the driver seat, front-console compartment cooler, microfibre- dueded headliner, adaptive cruise control, drivier awareness package, power sliding power sunroof, power retractable assist steps)

Total Price as Tested: $105,690

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)

For the most up-to-date and more detailed information, visit:

www.cadillaccanada.ca

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