The biggest changes applied to the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali have happened out front. The new model gets a redesigned front bumper along with a different grille that digs deeper into the front bumper. General Motors refers to this new grille as an “exclusive heroic grille design.” The lower section of the new bumper features new cutouts for the fog lamps, which is joined by a restyled black-painted center cutout for the front tow hooks and a subtle intake nestled just beneath the chrome Denali grille.
Compared to the outgoing 2020 GMC Canyon Denali, the new model’s front fascia appears a bit busier, featuring a larger grille and more pronounced LED fog lamp housings. Two chrome fog lamp bezels also frame the LED lights, helping to differentiate the Denali from lesser models.
While the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali appears quite similar to the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4, there are some differences. The chrome grille is obvious, but less apparent differences include the AT4’s red tow hooks and black fog lamp bezels. The tow hooks on the Denali are painted black, while the fog lamp bezels are chrome, as we already noted above.
In addition to the exterior changes, the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali also gets embroidered front headrests and exclusive new Ash Wood interior trim.
GMC has also made some major changes to the trim level structure for its popular mid-size pickup for 2021, as GM Authority exclusively revealed earlier this year. For 2020, the Canyon followed GMC’s traditional SL-SLE-SLT-Denali trim level structure. For 2021, however, The base-level trim is the Elevation Standard, while the SLE trim is replaced by Elevation, and the All-Terrain Trim is replaced by the AT4. The SLT trim has been tossed out and will not be replaced, though the range-topping Denali lives on, obviously.
GM is still planning for the 2021 GMC Canyon and related 2021 Chevrolet Colorado to arrive on time despite the COVID-19 pandemic. If the automaker sticks to the plan, both mid-size trucks should begin to ship to dealers late this year.