The new Canyon AT4 replaces the Canyon All Terrain, while aiming to deliver capability and various minor updates to the Canyon range. GMC says that the truck is “squarely at premium midsize truck customers who purchase their trucks to venture off-road.”
Standard equipment for the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 carry over from the Canyon All Terrain, including:
- 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires fitted to 17-inch aluminum wheels
- An off-road tuned suspension with an Advanced Hill Descent Control System
- Four-wheel drive with an Eaton G80 Rear Automatic Locking Differential
- A transfer case skid plate that aims to deliver additional protection when traveling off the beaten path
Other features include a (slightly) bolder exterior, with a larger grille design, new vertically-positioned lower lamps, red recovery hooks and dark chrome finishes. The interior features some unique details, including model-specific Kalahari stitching and the AT4 logo embroidered on the headrest. Other than that, the rest of the truck seems to be identical to the outgoing Canyon All Terrain.
As GM Authority was first to report, the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 also foreshadows the minor updates to the Canyon line of midsize pickup trucks. The entire range will get the updated, larger grille, with a few other minor changes – which we will outline later – sprinkled in.
“The new 2021 Canyon AT4 broadens the appeal to midsize truck customers who live an active lifestyle,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “Much like the Sierra AT4 has attracted new customers from outside GMC, the Canyon AT4 will attract outdoor enthusiasts looking for a premium midsize truck to GMC with the capability, technology and refinement they’ve come to expect.”
The introduction of the Canyon AT4 “advances the brand’s commitment to offering premium off-road capable vehicles with impressive styling details,” according to a press release. The truck is also “part of GM’s strategy to introduce an AT4 variant of all GMC models (save for the Savana van) by 2021.
The 2021 Canyon AT4 is powered by the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGZ engine delivering 308 horsepower (230 kW) and 275 pound-feet (373 Nm) of torque. It is mated to GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.8L I-4 LWN turbo-diesel Duramax engine is available. It makes 181 horsepower (135.0 kW) and 369 pound-feet of torque (500 Nm) and is mated to GM’s six-speed automatic transmission.
“This is a truck created with outdoor adventurers in mind,” added Aldred. “The Canyon AT4 is a perfect complement to the driver’s other passions and appreciation of the details, whether that’s a mountain bike, a snowboard or their truck.”
The 2021 Canyon AT4 will go on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to production. Production will take place at the GM Wentzville plant in Wentzville, Missouri.