2023 GMC Canyon AT4X hangs in front of truck fans before debut

Does anyone really see this coming? Since introducing the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in 2017, midsize off-road enthusiasts have called for the equivalent of its mechanical sibling, the GMC Canyon. In the years since, GMC has added the Canyon AT4 to its lineup (for 2021), along with an Off-Road Performance Package that has added a smaller lift, bigger tires, rocker bars and more to the already capable Canyon AT4. Then, the company introduced the impressive Canyon AT4 OverlandX concept at the 2021 Overland Expo Mountain West event, and the yearning for Canyon only got stronger.

In the wake of its successful Hummer EV launch, GMC has released one teaser image of what the company describes as the “next generation” of the Canyon, which will include an all-new Canyon AT4X off-road trim that may only answer the prayers of GMC Canyon enthusiasts.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Off-Road Equipment

While the teaser seems limited in scope, there is still a lot we can take away from it. The first, and most obvious, is the inclusion of 17-inch studable wheels. As with other companies that have offered beadlock wheels, end users will need to purchase the Beadlock rings separately. The truck is also equipped with rock bars to protect the rockers from damage off-road, which are likely the same stainless steel units used in the Colorado ZR2. The tires are the great Goodyear Wrangler Territory M/T tires, which are an improvement over the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires used on the ZR2. But what we don’t know is the tire size. The current Colorado ZR2 is equipped with 30.5-inch 265/65R17 tires, while the 2022 Sierra 1500 AT4X will be equipped with 32.5-inch 265/70R18 tires. We hope the Canyon AT4X comes with a 33-inch frame (even the 2022 Yukon AT4 comes with a 33-inch frame), but we’re not holding our breath either.

“The AT4X is the new pinnacle of off-road performance backed by serious capabilities and uncompromising improvements. First introduced in the 2022 GMC Sierra, the AT4X is an improved off-road evolution of the increasingly popular GMC sub-brand.”

“AT4X is a new peak of premium off-road performance underpinned with serious capability and uncompromising refinements. First introduced on the 2022 GMC Sierra, the AT4X trim is the off-road-optimized evolution of GMC’s increasingly popular AT4 sub-brand. “

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What’s less obvious is what the Canyon AT4X hides under its outer shell. Judging from what we know about the current ZR2 and AT4X groupsets, we’d bet with good money that the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X will be an impressive dash DSSV multi-purpose dampers. We’d also dare to guess that the truck would have front and rear electronic locking differentials. It’s also safe to assume that the Canyon AT4X will feature a 2.0-inch higher ride height and 3.5-inch more track width than the Colorado ZR2. The truck should also come with a full ski package, a standard trailer hitch, and of course, red front tow hooks.

what engine And transmission will it be 2023 Canyon AT4X?

What interests us most about GMC’s statement is the fact that this truck is called the “next generation”. The current Canyon first went on sale as a 2015 model (having been adapted for the US market from a universal pickup that’s already been on sale for some time, making it more functional) and has seen a bit more cosmetic updates since then. GMC currently offers a 3.6-liter V-6 with 308 horsepower and a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine with 369 lb-ft of torque. Either of those engines would be a decent choice for the new 2023 GMC Canyon, but we doubt there’s more in store for this truck.

There have been reports that General Motors will stop using the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel for the next generation Colorado and Canyon, in part due to the closure of its assembly plant in Thailand. Rumors have it that the 2.7-liter turbocharged I-4 petrol engine could take up residence in the mid-size Canyon for 2023, and we certainly welcome the addition. If the engine was powered by a 10-speed automatic transmission, we would be much happier.

Is GMC Canyon 2023 Really All New?

To say the GMC Canyon is ready for an update would be an understatement. It’s not that it’s a bad truck, but it’s been seven years, and technology has improved dramatically during that time. Looking closely at the encrypted image shared by GMC, we can be confident that this is the full update we’ve been waiting for. The front fenders along with both doors appear to have very different profiles than those on the current 2022 model. It also appears hidden in detail as a part of the camera at the bottom of the side mirror, indicating the addition of a 360-degree camera system. We can also see the addition of the keyless entry button, which is common on other GMC models, on the driver’s door. Both would indicate a significant improvement in available technology is imminent.

When can we see 2023 GMC Canyon Real?

GMC is scheduled to release the next generation of the 2023 GMC Canyon later this summer. We expect the updated Canyon to go on sale to the public towards the end of 2022, as the AT4X makes its way to plenty of distributors in the spring of 2023. Stay tuned.

GMC Canyon AT4 Overland X Concept