GMC Confirms V8 Engine Option for Canyon
By: Mike Levine Posted: 09-14-07 16:02 PT
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We first reported back in June that sources at General Motors were telling us an eight cylinder engine option was coming for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon - the same small block 5.3-liter 295-horsepower / 317 lb-ft V8 that's powering the 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha.

Well, now it's official - though probably not in quite the way GM hoped to make this long-anticipated announcement.

Head over to GMC's website to check out the specs for the 2008 GMC Canyon. Under 'Engines' you'll see the currently available 2.9-liter I4, 3.7-liter I5, and an, "Available V8 engine (available early 2008)."

Asked about this public display of powertrain intent, a GMC spokesperson told, "Yes. A V8 for the Canyon is coming in early 2008."

The spokesperson would not confirm the displacement or exact timing of the engine but sources tell us to expect this as an option by February 2008 for both two wheel and four wheel drive pickups.

The Canyon and Colorado twins now join the Dodge Dakota, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, and Mitsubishi Raider as the only midsize pickups to offer V8 engines.

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