GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado: GM Executive Explains Why There Is Only 1 Engine Option

Under the General Motors umbrella, consumers know they can draw certain differences between different vehicles. For example, the GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe share similar designs and equipment. Likewise, the popular GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado also share engineering DNA. But there is only one engine option for these two trucks in 2023.

Typically, when configuring a truck, consumers become accustomed to a whole host of customization options, including cab size, trim level, bed length and engine size. However, if you’re buying a 2023 GMC Canyon or a 2023 Chevy Colorado, you’ll only have one engine for either. And in a recent interview with a General Motors executive, the reason for this single-engine option was clear.

This year, is it at least a solid and worthy engine? yes. As shared, GM chose to move away from the previous four-cylinder, V6, and diesel configurations. Both trucks get a new turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four for the 2023 model year.

This one engine will come in different power stages for the Colorado. The base engine will have 237 hp. The next bump in power will deliver 310 horsepower. And the only GMC Canyon option is the more powerful engine with 310 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. This engine adds 37 more horsepower than the previous four-cylinder, and GM also says the new 2.7-liter engine will deliver more power without compromising fuel economy. But that’s not why, according to two GM executives, the automaker chose to stick with a single engine for both trucks.

Why did GM decide to keep the same engine?

We shared a few excerpts from the interview with GM’s Nick Catcherian, chief engineer for Colorado, Canyon and Muscle cars and trucks. The number one reason GM cites for its decision to stick with the single-engine option is “it’s simply too good.” To reiterate, Katcherian says there’s no need for a diesel option. Torque in this new engine works better than in any previous 2.8-liter Duramax engine. There is no sense in complicating things by offering more than the best engine choice.

“This powertrain has all the torque you really need,” Katcherian says, insisting it be delivered faster than before. It does a much better job of delivering performance than any engine design that came before it. The other obvious reason behind the single-engine option for Canyon and Colorado is simplicity. It will be easier when fewer ingredients are involved.

More on the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado

There were a lot of promotions for. You still have plenty of other customization decisions, though, with the only engine option. For starters, the 2023 Chevy Colorado comes with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

Other upgrades include a new gauge cluster, steering wheel, and infotainment center. And you’ll still have models to choose from, including the WT, LT, Z71, Trail Boss, and ZR2, each with its own set of luxury, work, or off-road additions. This truck will start at around $28,000 for entry-level configurations.


It’s full of upgrades, including plenty of in-cabin amenities and technologies. The Canyon also comes with more off-road chops, with a wider track, curb suspension, underbody cams, and a raised ride height with Multimatic DSSV dampers. Armed with more, the GMC Canyon is estimated to have a starting MSRP closer to $40,000.

There are a lot of tradeoffs for the Chevy Colorado. You will have to forego the engine selection as they both come in the same version. And based on GM executives, you’ll probably be more than pleased with it.

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