The 2017 Canyon lineup adds new Denali and All Terrain X variants

The GMC Canyon lineup will be revised and expanded for the 2017 model year, adding a new powertrain and two new special packages.

Like its Chevrolet-badged sibling, the Canyon will receive GM's revised 3.6-liter V6 engine. Engineers have improved its variable valve timing and direct injection systems, while adding cylinder deactivation to further elevate efficiency. As an added bonus, output has been slightly increased to 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

The new engine is paired with GM's eight-speed 8L45 transmission, replacing the existing six-speed unit. The new gearbox boasts smoother shifts, improved towing performance and reduced fuel consumption.

Buyers looking for a more luxurious midsize pickup can now opt for the Canyon Denali (pictured), distinguished by 20-inch shiny wheels and tubular chrome assist steps. The package also features a heated steering wheel, eight-inch infotainment system, Bose audio and other upgrades.

Another package, known as All Terrain X, builds upon the All Terrain variant offered on the SLE model. The X edition adds Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners. It carries over the existing enhancements including off-road suspension, unique interior with red stitching, 17-inch wheels, round step bars and a spray-on bedliner.

All of the new 2017 variants will land in showrooms sometime in the fourth quarter of the year.

Live images by Brian Williams.