Our spies just captured the GMC Canyon undergoing testing with what appears to be an updated front fascia, foreshadowing a minor facelift to Big Red’s midsize pickup truck offering.
The model seen here is a Canyon Crew Cab with a camouflaged grille and front bumper, with the camo hiding a slightly updated face. Given the horizontal span of the grille slats, it would appear as if the GMC Canyon facelift will introduce a larger single-piece grille.
That differs from the setup on the current model, which features two sets of intakes on the front-fascia – the primary grille, followed by a smaller lower intake that’s more inset into the lower bumper cover. The design seen here suggests that both intakes will be consolidated into a single unit.
The result is a larger grille that is both taller and wider than the grille configuration of the current GMC Canyon. The change follows an ongoing automobile design trend that sees the size of front grilles grow with every generation of a certain vehicle. We’d expect the updated design elements to follow the direction set out by the new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty, thereby aligning the midsize Canyon with GMC’s evolving corporate face.
Meanwhile, the rear end of the prototype is camo-free and the design of the rear end has no noticeable updates or changes to speak of.
Despite this sighting, our sources indicate that the GMC Canyon will not be getting a midcycle enhancement. As such, this sighting is simply representative of a very minor update to the front fascia, rather than a full-on refresh/MCE. The same rings true for the Canyon’s corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado. Both midsize pickups will live out their current lifecycle until their next-generation replacements arrive on or after 2023. In fact, the Chevy Colorado might not even get a new front fascia, given that it recently got it a slightly new one with the ZR2 Bison.
In any event, we should see this minor GMC Canyon facelift for the 2021 model year.