With the 2015 GMC Canyon making its debut in Detroit, we sat down with Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for all of GM’s pickup trucks, to find out how the automaker will tackle the midsize truck market — and possibly reenter the heavy-duty segment.
BestRide: Now that you’re going into smaller truck segments, a lot of the overseas trucks have smaller four-cylinder diesel engines than the one in the Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, say like…
Jeff Luke: The 2.0-liter in the Volkswagen Amarok, for example, with the 8-speed transmission.
BR: Yeah, that’s a combo you don’t see too much. For a lot of people, that might work if they don’t need the towing capacity.
JL: The technology is important. I believe in purposeful and practical features and functionality. If you add technology that doesn’t give the customer any benefit, it’s a waste.