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Saturday, 10 January 2015

GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition: Like Skyfall, But With Much Less James Bond

We’re very concerned, people. There is a
very real threat in the world today, and it
has nothing to do with plane crashes,
extremism, or Kim Kardashian. No, what
scares us the most, what really keeps us
up at night? Imagining what automakers
are going to do when they run out of
names for monochromatic black-out (and
black-painted trim) design packages.
Stealth, Midnight , Altitude , Black Optics,
Stealth, John Varvatos , Nighthawk , and
Blacktop are all taken—”Sith Edition” has
yet to be claimed—leaving precious few
ways to describe darkness. According to caranddriver.com, GMC just
crossed another name off the list with the
Canyon Nightfall Edition, a murdered-out
take on the brand’s new mid-size pickup.
Soon to be available on the mid-level
GMC Canyon SLE trim, the Nightfall
Edition gear brings Onyx Black paint, a
blacked-out grille and side steps, and 18-
inch wheels with black-painted inserts.
We suppose remote engine starting,
polished exhaust tips, a spray-in bedliner,
a backup camera, and automatic climate
control also work at night, and so they’re
granted passage onto the Nightfall
Edition’s standard-equipment list, too.
Buyers can choose between two- and four-
wheel drive, and GMC doesn’t specify a
specific engine for the package, which we
take to mean that the Canyon SLE’s
standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder is also
standard here. (That leaves the 3.6-liter
V-6 as an option.) Other SLE goodies
include an eight-inch touch-screen
dashboard display, GM’s OnStar system
with a 4G LTE data connection, a leather-
wrapped steering wheel, and a locking
rear differential on 4WD models.
While GMC has not yet released pricing
for the Nightfall Edition, it has stated that
the package can only be paired with the
four-door Crew Cab version of the
Canyon SLE. Assuming GMC charges
money for the Nightfall, expect a base
price in excess of $30,000 when the truck
goes on sale this coming spring. In the
meantime, we suggest trademarking any
name that could even remotely be
attached to a dark-themed trim package.

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