If you’re shopping for a midsize truck perfect for your young family, it’s likely you will run into some problems with your car seat. Many midsize trucks don’t have rear seats that allow you to have at least 80% of your car seat’s base on the seat cushion—until now. When the all-new 2015 GMC Canyon launches this fall (and arrives at Warsaw Buick GMC), it will not only bring a whole lot of midsize truck capabilities, but also multiple segment safety firsts, including a patent-pending child safety feature.
To ensure the car seat base can fit safely on the seat cushion, the rear jump seat headrest on the passenger side of the extended-cab Canyon can be removed and inserted horizontally into the seat base. This feature extends the base so that the seat can easily and safely fit most child restraint seats.
“It’s an elegant solution that makes efficient use of the limited space in the rear seat in this type of vehicle, by allowing us to adapt the seat cushion length for child restraint installation,” said Eduardo Bugelli, safety performance team lead. “The additional seat cushion length provides more support to the child restraint, which helps to reduce the rotation and the risk of injury in a crash.”
GMC Canyon safety features don’t stop with this creative seat extender—it will also be the first midsize truck to offer Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning technology, both of which will be part of the available Driver Alert Package.
The all-new 2015 GMC Yukon is on its way to Warsaw Buick GMC. When it gets here, you’ve got to stop by and experience why everyone is talking about how quiet the full-size SUV is.
In a press release detailing the engineering that gives peace to the Yukon’s interior, GMC goes so far as to say you won’t find a quieter SUV in the segment.
When redesigning the Yukon and the Yukon XL, GMC’s engineers took painstaking measures to create a vehicle that provides both high performance and a luxuriously quiet ride.
“We’ve made extensive improvements on the new Yukon and the interior quietness is a feature noticeable enough to grab your attention. The Yukon is truly a pleasure to drive,” said Michell Shippy, GMC’s performance engineer for noise, vibration, and wind noise.
Features like the SUV’s 75-percent high-strength steel frame, triple sealed doors, and acoustic baffles contribute to the markedly quiet interior.
“The GMC customer is looking for a vehicle that’s a notch above the rest in all aspects, but especially in refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president for Buick and GMC. “Interior quietness is an essential element to refinement and we keep hearing how impressively silent our new Yukons are. It’s really something to experience.”
Do you miss the Hummer? It’s been gone from the new car marketplace for a couple years now, after being dropped out of the GM lineup. However, something exciting might be in the works now. Rumors are trickling out from GMC about a new “American G-Wagen” in development right now, a new “super-capable off-road SUV” that will fill that giant gaping space ripped into the new car landscape by the Hummer on its way out.
Details, of course, are scarce right now, but that doesn’t stop us here at Warsaw Buick GMC from speculating on what a new Hummer successor might look, feel, and drive like. First of all, it seems pretty clear this won’t just be another Chevrolet vehicle re-badged as a GMC; it will be a completely new vehicle express-built to deal with off-road, all-terrain landscapes. The new vehicle might make use of current GMC technologies like the K2XX body-on-frame platform and powerful diesel engines.
GMC’s Hummer successor will target the same market as the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota FJ Cruiser. The FJ Cruiser is in its last production year—so GMC’s timing is perfect to introduce a new competitor in this off-road focused segment.