The new GMC Canyon, the fancier version of the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size truck, just showed its face for the first time, and wow: it’s weird. But in a good way. The truck, especially in its off-road-oriented AT4X trim, looks downright aggressive. And the specs appear to back that look up off-road.
I don’t have a ton of info on this thing, since this is breaking news, but I will note that the approach, departure, and breakover angles are quite good for a pickup truck. Check it out:
It’s worth mentioning that GMC says in its press release that the AT4, Elevation, and Denali trims get an “ultra-wide track and two-inch factory lift” while the AT4X cranks that “lift” up to three inches (that’s in quotes because if all trims have it, is it even a lift?). “The Canyon AT4X’s factory lift enables 10.7 inches of ground clearance standard and a 36.9-degree approach angle,” GMC writes. I assume the image above shows 32.8 degrees because the “Edition 1” package adds that special front bumper, which includes a “safari bar” to protect the grille.
Multimatic dampers, 33-inch mud-terrain tires, skid plates, and front and rear lockers means the AT4X should be as formidable off-road as it looks suggest. Other off-road goodness for the AT4X Edition 1 model (which GMC notes will be offered with “extremely limited availability”) includes rock rails, beadlock-capable wheels (these make it easier to air down your tires without them popping off the bead), underbody cameras to help you choose your off-road line carefully, and red tow hooks.
Like the Colorado, the Canyon has a double wishbone independent suspension up front and a solid axle out back — a solid axle that offers some serious flex, helping keep all tires on the ground. Check this out:
If you want to see more off-road footage, check out GMC’s video here:
Under the hood there’s a 310 horsepower, 430 lb-ft 2.7-liter turbocharged engine that GM (probably strategically) doesn’t mention in its press release is a four cylinder. It’s the same engine you’ll find in the Chevy Silverado 1500 and in the Canyon’s sibling, the Chevy Colorado.
The AT4X’s interior gets a big 11.3-inch infotainment screen, an 11-inch gauge cluster, an old-school shifter, a head-up display, and a bunch of colorful accents, badging, and stitching:
It’s a tough looking off-roader, and it’s going to cost a tough $63,350. That’s up there with a decked-out Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
As for the non-AT4X models, here’s a look at the Denali:
And here’s the AT4:
And here’s a screenshot of all the off-road angles for the various trims, for you off-roaders wondering how big of a difference that letter “X” really makes. It seems: quite a bit:
The cheapest Canyon, the Elevation model, will start around $40,000, per GMC. Production starts early next year, with the AT4X coming a bit later, in the spring.
This breaking news story is being updated
All Images from GMC