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The 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition Gets 35 Inch Tires To Take On The Jeep Gladiator And Ford Ranger Raptor

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You remember the 2024 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison? That’s the Colorado mid-size pickup’s most off-road capable trim (ZR2), but upfitted by off-road outfit American Expeditionary Vehicles with beefy armor, stronger bumpers, a lift, and big 35-inch tires on beadlock-capable wheels. Well, now the Colorado’s sibling, the GMC Canyon, gets its own version of the ZR2 Bison; here’s a look at what GM is hoping will win over buys in the increasingly crowded hard-core off-road midsize truck space.

First, let’s hop back to that Colorado ZR2 Bison. It looks cool, with some gorgeous body lines on the side, and an aggressive fascia:

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The Colorado ZR2 Bison in a creek with front tire elevated onto a rock.

The big story, though, was the 35-inch mud-terrain tires, the small suspension lift, the steel front and rear bumpers from AEV, the “Boron steel” underbody skid plates, the ZR2’s DSSV shocks from Multimatic, the 310 horsepower “high output” variant of Chevy’s 2.7-liter turbocharged four cylinder, the locking diffs, and the approach/departure/breakover/ground clearance figures of 38.2 degrees/26 degrees/26.9 degress/12.2 inches, respectively.

Now the GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition gets all of that goodness as well. A 1.5-inch lift, along with 35s instead of 33s, put the AEV Edition’s ground clearance at 12.2 inches versus the standard Canyon AT4X’s 10.7. (The Colorado ZR2 Bison shares this 12.2-inch clearance, and the non-Bison ZR2 shares the non-AEV Edition AT4X’s 10.7-inch clearance). There are skid plates and special bumpers, rock sliders for the rocker panels, lockers, as well as beadlock-capable wheels — just like on the ZR2 Bison. It seems like a very capable package, sharing the ZR2 Bison’s 38.2-degree approach angle, 26.9-degree breakover angle, and 26.0-degree departure angle.

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Favorable geometry is the most important attribute of a good off-road vehicle, and as far as the AT4X AEV Edition goes, the last figure of 26-degrees isn’t great, especially since the Jeep Gladiator manages that same departure angle on two-inch-smaller tires (33s). What’s more, the Jeep has a slide-rail behind the rear tires to make sure that, when that ass-end inevitably drops, the bedside and rear bumper won’t get too dinged up.

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The GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition doesn’t have a tube, though I bet that steel rear bumper can take a beating:

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More importantly, GMC and its Chevy Sibling both have great breakover angles — six degrees higher than that of the Gladiator. While the Gladiator has them both beat by over six degrees in approach angle, my opinion is that the GM twins’ geometry is more favorable overall since it’s more balanced. Having a great approach angle and an awful breakover angle is less favorable than having a decent approach angle and decent breakover angle. Something something weakest link in chain something something — whatever that expression is.

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2024 Gmc Canyon At4x Aev
Lower shot of the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV’s stamped steel front bumper and red recovery hooks.
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Lower front shot of 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV showcasing its 35-inch tires, AEV Salta wheels and larger fenders.
2024 Gmc Canyon At4x Aev
Lower rear shot of the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV showcasing its 35-inch tires, AEV Salta wheels and larger fenders.

Anyway, this was just a short news story about a GMC variant of a truck we’ve already seen, but please do let me know your thoughts. I myself am excited to see these trucks go head to head. The capability of modern pickups, with big tires, locking diffs, skidplates, and short overhangs — is legitimately impressive. A Ranger Raptor/Gladiator/AT4X AEV showdown would be epic.

 

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Spectre6000
Spectre6000
10 months ago

So what is. the difference between the Chevy and the GMC?

Jesus Helicoptering Christ
Jesus Helicoptering Christ
10 months ago

What in the fuck is this grotesque physical manifestation of conspicuous consumption?
Welcome to the GMC Canyon Alphabet Soup Edition.

Doctor Nine
Doctor Nine
10 months ago

Let’s get this out of the way first. This thing has the correct dimensions for a FULL SIZED truck from just a few years ago. If you want a FULL SIZED 4wd from The General, this is the one to buy.

That said, a Jeep is a whole different animal. It’s main charm is modularity and the aftermarket. It’s a convertible. No one who is thinking Jeep is really thinking Canyon.

Also these things are estimated to START at about $70K US.

Hell No. I’ll buy a wreck and have someone build me something to go offroad.

Last edited 10 months ago by Doctor Nine
Anchor
Anchor
10 months ago
Reply to  Doctor Nine

Oh yeah? All trucks used to be this size when they were lifted with big tires?

Doctor Nine
Doctor Nine
10 months ago
Reply to  Anchor

Tires don’t change the size of the truck. They just change where it sits in space.

Anchor
Anchor
10 months ago
Reply to  Doctor Nine

Someday you should actually compare the measurements of trucks then, because if you think a Colorado is the same as a 2005(or any year really) Silverado you don’t know what you’re talking about

Matthew Hogan
Matthew Hogan
10 months ago

I own a Gladiator. I did not cross-shop anything else. There is only one real reason to own a Gladiator, I drove to work today with no roof. I have taken mine off-road in multiple states. My old TJ kicks its ass bone stock. I bet the Ranger is way more comfortable. I bet the Chevy is quieter. And I truly don’t care. Removable roof or GTFO.

Cory McClain
Cory McClain
10 months ago
Reply to  Matthew Hogan

I own a Gladiator for exactly the same reason. Well that and the superior seating position.

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
10 months ago

Automotive equivalent of wearing a tactical fanny pack to Disney

Greg
Greg
10 months ago

this really says it all.

Rabob Rabob
Rabob Rabob
10 months ago

GMC runs these terrible CGI ads where they go on and on about PREMIUM OFFROADING. It’s the most contrived marketing-speak ever.

OverlandingSprinter
OverlandingSprinter
10 months ago
Reply to  Rabob Rabob

“Contrived” is a great description. Glad I have not seen the ads. If a person’s off-roading has to be premium then they’ve the wrong attitude and shouldn’t be on the trail.

I’m guessing GM’s marketing people did a bunch of focus groups and learned the only adjective not occupied by competitors was premium, so here we are.

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