The GMC Canyon received a light update for the 2021 model year, ushering in the seventh model year of the nameplate’s second generation. Although the update is as close to a mid-cycle refresh as it gets, it’s not an official refresh, but rather a light update that includes changes to the model lineup, exterior design, interior, and technology. That includes updates for the new 2021 GMC Canyon Denali as well, as seen in the following real-world photos.
While the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali is already in dealers in limited quantities, this is our first look at the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali out on the road.
One of the most noteworthy updates can be found in the frontend, where the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali is equipped with a new trim-specific grille treatment with a more sculpted, layered design. The grille is segmented into three individual sections, and comes with a chiseled border that adds extra character to the pickup’s fascia.
The new 2021 GMC Canyon Denali also features five-inch chrome assist steps, signature chrome accents, and Denali-exclusive 20-inch Diamond Cut aluminum wheels, all of which help to modernize the pickup’s styling and more closely align it with the new GMC Sierra and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks.
Inside the cabin, the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali features refinements like authentic open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum decor, unique stitching, and standard heated and ventilated front seats, as well as a heated steering wheel.
With regard to motivation, the 2021 GMC Canyon is offered with two powertrain options, including the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGZ gas engine, which produces 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque and connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the 2.8L I4 LWN turbodiesel Duramax, which produces 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and connects to a six-speed automatic transmission.