The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 is here, dropping in as the direct replacement for the outgoing GMC Canyon All Terrain. Both trim levels outfit the pickup with a variety of off-road-oriented gear, but what makes the new AT4 different from the preceding All Terrain model? To find out, we’re placing the two trucks side by side to find out how they compare with regard to features.
On the whole, the GMC Canyon AT4 is a carry-over in terms of features when compared to the All Terrain. Both offer the same mechanical specs, as well as important rough-stuff-ready components like an Eaton G80 Automatic Locking Rear Differential, off-road suspension, and transfer case skid plate.
That said, the AT4 does stand apart from the All Terrain thanks to a number of aesthetic differences, the most obvious of which is a new grille that’s larger than the one on pre-facelift 2015-2020 models.
The new GMC Canyon AT4 also sports Dark Chrome trim, as opposed to the All Terrain’s Chrome trim, plus red recovery hooks, as opposed to the All Terrain’s black recovery hooks. Inside, the AT4 sports unique Kalahari stitching in the cabin, plus the AT4 logo embroidered into the headrests.
The GMC Canyon AT4 is the latest addition to the automaker’s expanding AT4 lineup. Looking ahead, the automaker will expand its AT4 lineup to include off-road-oriented variants for its entire lineup by the 2021 model year, with the exception of the GMC Savana van, as we covered previously.
|Feature||GMC Canyon All Terrain||GMC Canyon AT4|
|Dark Chrome trim||No||Yes|
|Restyled front grille||No||Yes|
|Recovery hooks||Yes (black)||Yes (red)|
|AT4 emrboidered headrests||No||Yes|
|Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires||Yes||Yes|
|17-inch aluminum wheels||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced Hill Descent Control System||Yes||Yes|
|Eaton G80 Rear Automatic Locking Differential||Yes||Yes|
|Transfer case skid plate||Yes||Yes|
|Naturally aspirated 3.6L LGZ V6 engine (308 hp, 275 lb-ft)||Yes||Yes|
|GM eight-speed automatic transmission||Yes||Yes|
|2.8L inline four-cylinder LWN turbodiesel (181 hp, 369 lb-ft)||Yes||Yes|
|GM six-speed automatic transmission||Yes||Yes|
With the new GMC Canyon AT4, GMC Yukon AT4 and the GMC Terrain AT4 now revealed, GMC’s AT4 offroad-oriented family is now complete. That said, we think it’s high time for GM to apply the same kind of rugged treatment to Chevrolet crossovers, potentially by adding an ACTIV trim level to the Equinox, Blazer and Traverse.