Earlier this month, GM Authority was first to report that GMC plans to offer off-road-oriented AT4 variants “across the entire GMC lineup in the next few years,” as indicated in an official press release. After examining the statement, we wondered whether the GMC Savana, the brand’s commercial and passenger van, would also be getting the AT4 treatment. Unfortunately, that won’t be the case.
We asked GMC Communications’ Stuart Fowle whether the GMC Savana was due for an AT4 variant. “No. The Savana plays an important role in our fleet business but when we talk about AT4 or Denali across ‘the whole lineup’ we mean our retail customer model range,” Fowle replied.
Even so, the idea of a tall-riding, jacked-up off-roader van with big knobby tires, skid plates, and all manner of rough-stuff goodies sounds, well, amazing. In fact, a few GM Authority readers posted in the comments in agreement, pointing out how such a creation would actually make sense for constructions sites, ski resort shuttle services, hunting activities, and the like.
Hence, it’s a shame it’s not gonna happen. Luckily, it looks as though GMC will follow through with adding AT4 variants to the rest of the lineup, including the GMC Terrain, GMC Canyon (recently teased by GMC), and GMC Yukon.
The 2021 calendar year is lining up nicely as the right time to drop these three offroad-oriented AT4 models, given the Terrain will receive a refresh (see more about the 2021 GMC Terrain), the Canyon will get a minor update, and the Yukon is due for a complete overhaul (see more about the 2021 GMC Yukon).
As for the GMC Savana, well… at least there’s the aftermarket, right?