General Motors debuted the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 over the weekend, but that wasn’t the only new Canyon variant that was this week. The automaker has also announced details on the mildly updated 2021 GMC Canyon Denali, which arrives with distinctive new styling that aims to set it apart from other trucks in the hotly contest mid-size segment.
Unfortunately, GMC has yet to provide photos of the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali, so we’re using images of the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 as placeholders for now. It did drop some official information on the truck in a short press release, however, so let’s read about what this truck has in store until we can get our hands on some photos.
The most obvious change applied to the Canyon Denali for 2021 is the grille. With a more sculpted, layered pattern, the grille makes the truck look more closely related to the larger GMC Sierra 1500, giving it more road presence. The chrome grille is joined by 5-inch chrome assist steps, along with chrome accents and Denali-exclusive 20-inch Diamond Cut aluminum wheels.
“Denali represents GMC’s bold design philosophy and these changes further elevate the Canyon from the mainstream competition, while delivering a modern look for the customer,” said GMC exterior design director, Holt Ware. “It features a more distinctive and sophisticated design that has become synonymous with Denali.”
The differences aren’t limited to the exterior, either. Some small changes have happened in the cabin as well, with GMC adding open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum decor and new contrasting stitching to the options list. The truck also gets a new available interior color theme, Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere, along with standard heated and ventilated front seats and a standard heated steering wheel.
The 2021 Canyon Denali will be powered by the automaker’s naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGZ engine, which is good for 308 horsepower (230 kW) and 275 pound-feet (373 Nm) of torque. It is mated to the GM eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.8L I-4 LWN turbo-diesel Duramax engine is also available, which is good for 181 horsepower (135.0 kW) and 369 pound-feet of torque (500 Nm) and is mated to the GM six-speed automatic transmission.
GM says 2021 GMC Canyon Denali, along with the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4, will go on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production. The trucks will continue to be built at the GM Wentzville plant in Wentzville, Missouri, which recently received a major investment to produce the next-generation Colorado and Canyon.