• Sep 14, 2007
Well, the rumor came true. Mike Levine at Pickuptruck.com noticed that at the website for the '08 GMC Canyon, a V8 engine is listed as an option coming in early 2008. Mike called up the General and got confirmation that yes, a V8 is indeed coming for both 2WD and 4WD versions of the midsize pickup. They wouldn't confirm which V8 the Canyon's getting, but since that platform's already been modified to accommodate the 5.3L unit for the HUMMER H3 Alpha, it's likely to be the same one. Considering that the 5.3 does just fine in the much larger Sierra, it ought to be a hoot in the Canyon. GM hasn't put up a web page for the '08 Chevy Colorado yet, but we have to believe that whatever Canyon gets, Colorado will, too.

[Source: PickupTruck.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Canyon / Colorado with the new 4.5L Duramax diesel, please.
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      What is going on with the compact truck market in the US?

      Small, maneuverable, efficient, and economical to own. Think compact trucks in the 80's. That to me defines a compact truck.

      V-8 engines, mid-size plus dimensions, full size truck pricing. Fuel economy which is barely better than full size trucks. Not really the traits I would value in this segment.

      Oh well, maybe that is why I just bought a full-size instead. This V-8 version will sell, but is it really needed? How about a nice diesel instead?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @far jr
        Based on history, though, the main competitors in this segment are the Tacoma, Ranger, and Colorado/S-10, and Nissan's small pickup. The actual size diff between a Taco and a Ranger isn't really huge. The Taco's wheelbase is 2" longer, wider by 5", and the overall length is 6" longer. I guess the overall effect with all the bulges and big tires makes the Toyota look a lot larger. The Colorado/Canyon and Ranger are within spitting distance of each other in most dimensions.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @far jr
        Compact pickups are almost dead. I read somewhere that Toyota was the only compact to sell more than 100,000 last year. Kind of sad when you consider that Ford sold 330k Rangers in 2000, before they let it languish. Guess they don't want to sell me another truck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @far jr
        bathtub gin-

        I don't think the Tacoma is a compact pickup anymore. I beleive they classify it as "mid-size" now seeing that it isn't too far off a full size, especially before the new Tundra which will with out question bring that total for the Tacoma down.

        Ford is currently considering dropping the Ranger all together and making a uni-body truck similal to say a Ridgeline or a Aussie style Ute. This could happen when the Explorer goes to a uni-body platform in a few years, maybe 2010 or 2011.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Amen, to the street trucks and to the 4x4 guys, its about damn time the I5 could be replaced. Should'a never taken out the 4.3L V6 for that little motor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Pretty sure the 3.5 I5 is bigger than the compact ohv 4.3. You're confusing physical size and displacement. And it made a buttload of low end torque (265 lb-ft at like 2800 rpm) so it was just as strong as the 3.5 on the low end, it just needed attention to improve the top end power. But anywho the general should derive a new pushrod 4.0-4.3 v6 derived from the ls v8's
      • 7 Years Ago
      To save weight, they could throw in the LS3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who cares if it gets a V8. It might be fast, but it won't be comfortable. The Colorado, Canyon, I-370 are the most uncomfortable compact trucks on the market. The interiors in them are CHEAP. But, the I-290 does start at $12,000 which is nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its' about freakin time! I've been waiting since 2005!
      • 7 Years Ago
      haha, the canyon. The front of the car always seemed like it was upside down, kinda like this kid:

      http://familyguy.wikia.com/images/b/ba/JakeTucker.jpg

      the headlights underneath the turn signals just looks weird.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It does look odd, but I assure you, it's not bad to be in front of one at night if you drive a sensible car.
        FWIW, I do know this firsthand, as my dad has an '04 Colorado, and it's postively refreshing to not have the headlights aimed at your rear view mirror.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree the truck is kind of weird looking and that was the turn off to me. I think it looks slightly better than the Colorado, but I don't understand the designers finished product. The previous S10 was much more capable in towing, hauling, this truck was a step backward all though pretty nice otherwise.

        2010 will be the redesign and the pictures floating around show a much better design improvement. I also will take the 4-banger.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, the small truck is dead. It's a pity too. I remember with fondness the 1 ton Toyota diesel pick ups we used for our electrical contracting firm. The trucks would pull and carry anything, no frills mind you and you had to be on intimate terms with your passenger, but could they work hard. They were cheap to buy and maintain. Bring them back now please.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This V8 is a good idea for an option. More towing capacity, and it will be the only other "small" truck out there other than the Dakota. Seeing how this truck is smaller than the Dakota, it may prove faster.

      So any idea if it will be the 4.8 or the 5.3?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I don't see the 5.3 (if that's the engine they're going to use) as a bad option, especially if they equip it with DOD. It's a smooth, powerful motor and capable of good gas mileage. I don't know why they waited so long, honestly.

      That said, I've got no beef with the 5-cylinder. It's a little different, sure, but it is plenty powerful for the size of truck we're talking about here. I have a couple of friends who own Colorados with the 5 (one has a 4x2 and the other has a 4x4), and they really like the engine.

      In the final analysis, I think the V8 is more or less a nod to the folks who want a smaller truck but want more towing capacity. The V8 will give that to them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 5.3 in the hummer gets like 17 mpg on the highway. Think GMC should come up with a strong V6 VVT to put in the Cnanyon. Most of us do not need to pull a 7,000 pound trailer. I am in the markert for a new truck as I have a coouple hundred thousand on my Tacoma double cab that I get 22mpg on the highway and with only 210 hp, gets me most anywhere in the country pulling a boat trailor or hunting trailor
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think they are good lookin' little trucks. The Tacoma and Tundra are honest to God nasty. Apparently Americans like that though.
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