2021 GMC Canyon Debuts AT4, Elevates Denali

The GMC brand of Detroit’s General Motor Co. has unveiled the first Canyon AT4 aimed at premium midsize truck customers who purchase their trucks to venture off-road.
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General Motors Co.’s GMC brand has unveiled the first Canyon AT4 aimed at premium midsize truck customers who purchase their trucks to venture off-road. / Photo courtesy of GMC

The GMC brand of Detroit’s General Motor Co. has unveiled the first Canyon AT4 aimed at premium midsize truck customers who purchase their trucks to venture off-road.

The new 2021 GMC Canyon is built at GM’s Wentzville Assembly Center in Wentzville, Mo., and will be available in the coming weeks, with pricing announced closer to production.

“The new 2021 Canyon AT4 broadens the appeal to midsize truck customers who live an active lifestyle,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “Much like the Sierra AT4 has attracted new customers from outside GMC, the Canyon AT4 will attract outdoor enthusiasts looking for a premium midsize truck to GMC with the capability, technology and refinement they’ve come to expect.”

According to GMC, The Canyon AT4 advances the brand’s commitment to offering premium off-road capable vehicles with styling details. Exterior design is defined by dark chrome finishes, with a new larger grille design and red recovery hooks. The interior features premium detailing, including Kalahari stitching and AT4 headrest embroidery that brings the Canyon interior design in-line with its stablemates.

Added off-road capability comes from standard equipment, including:

  • Greater capability from 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires fitted to 17-inch aluminum wheels.
  • Off-road tuned suspension with the Advanced Hill Descent Control System.
  • Four-wheel drive system with Eaton G80 Rear Automatic Locking Differential.
  • Transfer case skid plate providing additional protection.

“This is a truck created with outdoor adventurers in mind,” says Aldred. “The Canyon AT4 is a perfect complement to the driver’s other passions and appreciation of the details, whether that’s a mountain bike, a snowboard, or their truck.”

GMC designers also have enhanced the grille of the Denali with a more sculpted and layered pattern. Coupled with 5-inch chrome assist steps, signature chrome accents, and Denali-exclusive 20-inch Diamond Cut aluminum wheels, the new Canyon Denali is modernized with a new look similar to the new Sierra and Sierra HD trucks.

“Denali represents GMC’s bold design philosophy and these changes further elevate the Canyon from the mainstream competition, while delivering a modern look for the customer,” says Holt Ware, director of exterior design at GMC. “It features a more distinctive and sophisticated design that has become synonymous with Denali.”

Interior refinements include authentic open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum décor, and unique stitching. A new Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere color theme further elevates the Denali interior and gives customers more options. Standard heated and ventilated front seats with a heated steering wheel are intended to increase driver comfort.

The new Canyon Denali and AT4 are powered by a 308 horsepower. 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. Additional power comes from an available 2.8-liter diesel engine, offering 369 lb.-ft. of torque.

 

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