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GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Models Begin Rollout Onto Dealer Lots

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On: Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 4:32PM | By: Carl Malek

GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Models Begin Rollout Onto Dealer Lots

Following complications that arose from a "final validation" problem, General Motors revealed that it has begun shipments of the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado diesel variants to dealers, which should help enhance the duo's already impressive sales momentum.

Prior to this announcement, the deliveries (originally scheduled for fall) were delayed by an unspecified "final validation" problem that was first reported by the folks at TheTruth About Cars. GM has not released any details about the exact cause of the delay, but it appears that the problem was resolved by GM engineers. "The highly anticipated 2016 GMC Canyon diesel has begun shipping to dealers," GMC spokeswoman Kelly Wysocki reported in an official statement. "We look forward to getting these trucks in the hands of our customers and appreciate their patience."

While the technical aspects of the delay are still unknown, Volkswagen's emissions scandal may have played a small role in creating the delay. The scandal involving Volkswagen's diesel models first surfaced in September of 2015, before the GM diesel trucks' fall launch. The scandal prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to double-check pending diesel certifications, and initiated a separate tightening of standards and regimens for automakers. However, according to a separate EPA report, both trucks received their respective certifications last month which suggests a separate technical problem was the key cause of the delay with the VW scandal serving as a coincidental secondary factor.

Both trucks are powered by an all-new 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder engine which is good for 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The duo boasts an impressive 7,700-pound towing capacity and can also achieve an impressive 31 mpg during freeway driving. The diesel models aim to continue the success that was first achieved by their petrol-powered cousins, which helped revive the stagnant mid-size truck segment, and bring a whole suite of new technology and refinement to the segment. The diesel models will not stray too far from their petrol-powered siblings in price, though a $3,700 premium will be charged versus a comparably equipped gasoline variant.


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