GM has confirmed it will launch the GMC Canyon AT4 as an off-road-oriented variant of the Canyon midsize pickup truck in early 2020. The new model variant will succeed the Canyon All Terrain and is expected to launch in conjunction with a number of minor changes for the Canyon set to arrive for the 2021 model year, as GM Authority previously exclusively confirmed.
This latest bit of news comes to us from the recent GMC Sierra HD media drive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where GM teased the upcoming model with a clever trailer view showing a prototype of the GMC Canyon AT4 decked out in heavy front-end camouflage. The prototype was kept under wraps in a sealed-off trailer at the event, but the trailer view was fed to an infotainment screen in the towing pickup’s cabin.
As we covered previously, GMC is planning to offer an AT4 trim level for every model in the brand’s lineup by 2021, with the possible exception of the GMC Savana. The GMC Canyon currently offers an All Terrain model that will be replaced with this upcoming AT4 model variant.
For those who may be unaware, the GMC AT4 line adds in a host of new equipment to bless a given model with expanded off-road capability, such as a lifted ride height and new suspension, standard four-wheel-drive, skid plates, and driveline updates as well.
We’d also expect this upcoming off-roader to boast a fresh aesthetic, and by the look of the heavy front-end cladding seen in the above teaser image, that’s exactly what’s in store here.
The new GMC Canyon AT4 will arrive alongside incremental updates expected for the nameplate with the 2021 model year update, which will include a new grille and a few other small changes.
Adding a new GMC Canyon AT4 to the lineup now makes a lot of sense. The nameplate’s next-generation update won’t arrive for a few more years, and with increasing competition from heavy-hitting midsize pickup rivals like the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger, the current Canyon All Terrain just doesn’t have what’s needed to keep pace.