GMC Unveils 2023 Canyon Pickup Packed with Off-road Technologies

General Motors Co. in Detroit has introduced the 2023 GMC Canyon midsize truck, which offers a fully redesigned exterior with a standard factory lift and widened track across the lineup.
The GMC Canyon AT4X with Edition 1 package with a mountain view in the background.
The GMC Canyon AT4X with the Edition 1 package. // Courtesy of GMC

General Motors Co. in Detroit has introduced the 2023 GMC Canyon midsize truck, which offers a fully redesigned exterior with a standard factory lift and widened track across the lineup.

In addition, there’s a new premium suite of advanced technology and an all-new interior design. For example, the 2023 model year Canyon introduces the first-ever Canyon AT4X option to its lineup that serves to boost off-road capability.

“GMC is flexing the might of our off-road muscle,” says Duncan Aldred, global vice president of GMC. “Canyon benefits from key learnings gained from our AT4 strategy to bring customers the most advanced off-road midsize truck.”

The 2023 GMC Canyon will be the first midsize truck on the market to offer a suite of segment-first key features, including:

  • Available underbody cameras, including front- and rear-facing views underneath the vehicle.
  • Available head-up display.
  • Fully digital driver information center.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
  • Available Google Built-In (Google Automotive Services).

Inspired by the Canyon AT4 concept first introduced in 2021, the Canyon AT4X boasts a factory lifted, ultra-wide track to elevate the off-road performance and capability. Canyon AT4X also comes standard with 33-inch MT tires, Multimatic DSSV shocks, front and rear e-lockers, underbody skid plates, and the AT4X-exclusive Baja drive mode.

The Canyon AT4X’s factory lift enables 10.7 inches of ground clearance standard and a 36.9-degree approach angle.

Within its interior, the Canyon AT4X features exclusive Obsidian Rush interior with Ceramic White accents, customizable 11.3-inch diagonal touchscreen infotainment system, and an 11-inch diagonal fully digital instrument cluster. In addition, the AT4X includes a GMC-exclusive Head-Up Display and Bose seven-speaker audio entertainment system.

The Canyon AT4X will also be the only trim to offer the available Edition 1 package, which includes:

  • Front- and rear-facing underbody cameras with wash function.
  • Off-road front bumper with safari bar.
  • Front 30-inch off-road grille light bar.
  • Winch by COMEUP.
  • 17-inch beadlock capable wheels.
  • Reconfigurable bed rail system.
  • Performance front skid plate.
  • Unique Edition 1 tailgate badge.

The next-generation Canyon offers key features across its trim lineup that provide customers with optimized performance and rugged off-road capability.

This includes:

Factory Lift and Ultra-Wide Track: 2023 Canyon comes standard with an off-road suspension package featuring an ultra-wide track and 2-inch factory lift for Elevation, AT4, and Denali trims and a standard 3-inch factory lift on AT4X. The lifted, high, and wide chassis offers a standard 9.6 inches of ground clearance (10.7-inch ground clearance available on AT4X trim) for improved approach, departure, and breakover angles.

Multimatic DSSV Shocks: The latest Multimatic DSSV shocks (standard on AT4X only) offer control and comfort on-road, and added performance for extended off-road adventures.

Off-Road Optimized 2.7L Turbo Engine: Standard across all trims, the high-torque, off-road optimized 2.7L turbo engine provides a best-in-class gas engine with 430 lb-ft of torque (GM Estimated).

Enhanced Front and Rear Electronic Locking Differentials for Optimized Traction: Standard on the Canyon AT4X trim, the 2023 Canyon’s available front and rear e-lockers allow drivers to engage the front or rear axles to lock both wheels at the same speed.

Off-Road Performance Display: Accessible through the center screen instrument cluster, 2023 Canyon drivers can access and monitor real time metrics of their off-road trek including g-force, altimeter, and pitch and roll stats.

All-New Drive Modes: 2023 Canyon features the introduction of all-new drive modes, crafted to provide customers with a robust drive experience:

  • Baja Mode (exclusive to AT4X): for high-speed off-road driving.
  • Terrain Mode: for low-speed precision off-roading and rock crawling.
  • Off-Road Mode: for general off-road dynamics.
  • Normal Mode: for balanced every day on-road driving..
  • Tow/Haul Mode: for optimized hauling heavy loads and towing

The vehicle offers standard 32-inch large off-road tires (33-inch Mud Terrain tires on AT4X), while the front axle was moved forward for improved proportions.

The 2023 GMC Canyon’s technology-focused cockpit features a more dynamic, high-resolution infotainment screen and driver information center.

This next generation Canyon gives the driver ample control with its advanced technology cockpit, powered by a new electrical architecture. Through this updated system, drivers can experience Canyon’s available 10 camera view system — more camera views than any other competitor in its class — including HD Surround Vision and waterproof underbody cameras with camera washing system. The Canyon’s advanced cockpit also includes the off-road performance display, which allows drivers to track real-time, off-road performance data on the center screen.

In addition to these features, the 2023 Canyon also includes a variety of other enhancements including:

  • Best-in-class, 11-inch-diagonal fully digital instrument cluster on the Denali and AT4X trims (8-inch-diagonal on the Elevation and AT4).
  • Class-exclusive 6.3-inch-diagonal Head-Up Display to provide the driver with key information like navigation, safety alerts, speed, audio and more.
  • Android Auto3 and Apple CarPlay2 wireless phone projection capability.
  • Bose seven-speaker audio system on AT4X and Denali trims (optional on AT4).

The 2023 Canyon also introduces a host of safety and driver assistance technology features including:

  • Standard Canyon Pro Safety Package
    • Automatic Emergency Braking
    • Front Pedestrian Braking with Bicyclist Detection
    • IntelliBeam auto high beams
    • Following Distance Indicator
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Forward Collision Alert
  • Available Canyon Safety Plus Package
    • Rear Cross Traffic Braking
    • Blind Zone Steering Assist
  • Available Technology Package
    • Rear Pedestrian Alert
    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • HD Surround Vision
  • Standard Denali/AT4X
    • Safety Alert Seat

A simplified short bed, crew cab configuration comes standard across the 2023 Canyon lineup.

The 2023 Canyon’s exterior is pronounced by its high clearance, trimmed corners and the all-new integration of sheet metal for a completely unique look. The front fascia features full LED exterior lighting, relocated fog lights, and daytime running lights. The 2023 model year also introduces an available sunroof — a first for the midsize truck.

Under the vehicle, the Canyon AT4X includes a large front heavy-duty AT4X skid plate, a transfer case shield and rocker protectors to tackle the most rugged terrains. The 2023 Canyon also introduces a water-tight tailgate storage system for increased bed functionality.

On its interior, the 2023 Canyon delivers premium appointments and intentional design executions to evoke premium craftmanship and precision. Across the lineup, no one interior is the same. Each Canyon trim is designed with its own unique identity. The Canyon Denali trim is outfitted with laser etched wood décor and leather appointments, while Canyon AT4X’s interior boasts the signature, trim-exclusive, Ceramic White, and Obsidian Rush.

The 2023 Canyon is set to begin initial production in early 2023 with AT4X in spring 2023. Reservations for the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 are open now, with MSRP starting at $63,350.  MSRP for other 2023 Canyon trims will start around $40,000.

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