GMC Canyon Safety Outdoes Competition
The 2015 GMC Canyon will hit roadways this autumn, and when it does, it will bring something that is not normally at the very forefront of pickup drivers’ minds: safety. Yes, sure, the Canyon will have a segment-leading payload, but just as exciting are the unique GMC Canyon safety features, including a patent-pending, segment-first child safety feature.
Oftentimes, extended cab midsize trucks suffer from short lower seat cushions that are not long enough to meet child restraint manufacturer’s recommendations (at least 80 percent of the base should rest on the seat cushion). General Motors’ engineers, however, have come up with a solution for the Canyon extended cab that will keep children safe. It’s all a matter of removing a vertical headrest from the top of the seat and placing it horizontally into the bottom to elongate the lower seat cushion.
“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,” explained 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.”
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But that’s not all she wrote for the 2015 GMC Canyon safety features. The Canyon is also the first midsize truck to offer Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert, as part of the Driver Alert Package. In addition, the Canyon’s cab structure is made from more than 70 percent high-strength steel for enhanced protection in the event of a collision. Six airbags come standard for the Canyon, as well as a rear vision camera. A next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system is available.