The 2015 Canyon and Colorado have made a strong impression on the midsize market since their launch this year, bringing some much-needed revitalization to interiors, fuel economy, and power to a segment that’s been the domain of Japanese manufacturers Nissan and Toyota for the better part of 15 years. The previous generation of Colorados and Canyons had a few problems that made them undesirable and forgettable by many buyer’s standards, but they nevertheless served as a foundation for the General to examine and improve upon with its second generation successors.
Here today from Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA) is one of those early attempts, a 2009 Canyon that’s been to hell and back and now rests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, awaiting its fate. Upfitted with the Z71 Off Road package, affording the truck a clearance of 9.3-inches rear and 8.4-inches front, the truck has some additional off-road cred to add to the 4×4 capability it already has.
The Canyon had three interesting engine offerings that separated it from the competition. On the one hand, folks could pick the typical four-cylinder LLV mill, displacing 2.9-liters and generating 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. The second was a 3.5-liter LLR inline-five, a stark contrast with the inline-six or V6 selections found in competing vehicles.
Despite being a cylinder short of a six-pack, the LLR could keep pace by delivering 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. A customer’s third option was a 5.3-liter V8, offered from 2009 to 2012. This one could make 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.
But enough about motor options. The Canyon at hand isn’t going anywhere, and the reasons aren’t hard to fathom. Caved-in roof, displaced grille, deployed airbag, an interior that looks like it got hit by the Blob; the list goes on and on. Whatever happened to this little black pickup, it registers now as a veritable K.O. with little chance of recovery.
Direct General Insurance, the party that issued the exchange with IAA, values the Canyon at $18,000 once it’s completely rebuilt and restored. What do you think it would cost to get it back to that level? Pop down below and leave a comment with your guess.