When we last met the Canyon AT4, it was in the latter half of 2019, where the model was cleverly teased while GMC was showcasing it’s all new trailer view capability. The truck was camouflaged back then, but the covers are now off, and GMC has formally unveiled its newest off-road flavored brute.
Replacing the outgoing All Terrain in the lineup, the AT4 helps the Canyon fall in line with other members of the GMC lineup. The Canyon’s foray into the AT4 ranks follows on the heels of both the Acadia AT4, as well as the bigger Sierra AT4. Like other members of the AT4 range, the Canyon version gains dark chrome accents, bright red recovery hooks, and a larger front grille.
The interior of the Canyon AT4 does not change radically for AT4 duty, with the bulk of the interior design carrying over from lesser models. However, bold AT4 emblems on the headrests and trim exclusive Kalahari stitching remind occupants that they are in something very special. These subtle appointments are also an improvement over the cabin in its bowtie wearing brother the Chevrolet Colorado ZR1.
But cosmetic tweaks and a new trim designation only tell one part of the story. Look underneath the skin, and the off-road hardware equipped to this truck will help fill in the blanks. 17-inch wheels are paired up with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires while standard four wheel drive and an Eaton automatic locking rear differential help keep the truck composed in the toughest of obstacles. An off-road tuned suspension is also on the menu, and it incorporates a novel hill descent assistance system. A skid plate is also mounted over the transfer case to help protect it from damage caused by debris and stray rocks.
Performance hardware is also in line with its Chevy sibling, with all AT4s arriving with a standard naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 good for 308 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Buyers looking for more fuel economy and torque will be pleased with the optional 2.8 liter turbodiesel that pumps out 181 horsepower and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque. An eight speed automatic transmission is paired to the V6, while the diesel features a six speed automatic.
Pricing has not been released for the GMC Canyon AT4, but with the All Terrain starting at $36,600. It would not be too much of a stretch to see the figure for the AT4 bump up closer to $40,000.