We’ve just captured some of the first images of the 2021 GMC Canyon Elevation on the road. Though the 2021 Canyon Elevation can already be found on dealer lots, these photos show how the midsize pickup looks on public roads, giving us a real-world understanding of the minor styling enhancements to the front end, as well as a first look at the new-for-2021 Elevation trim.
The vehicle shown here is the Crew Cab, Short Box body configuration and is painted in Onyx Black. Badging behind the rear wheel arches shows that it has four-wheel drive. The 18-inch black aluminum wheels are standard on Elevation models.
The 2021 Canyon delivers a few noteworthy updates, including a new trim level structure that replaces the SLE trim with Elevation. However, Elevation should not be confused with Elevation Standard, which becomes the new entry-level trim. The off-road specific AT4, offered only with 4WD, is one step higher than Elevation. Following typical GMC practice, Denali remains the range-topper.
|2021 Canyon||Elevation Standard||Elevation||AT4||Denali|
|2015-2020 Canyon||SL & Canyon||SLE & All Terrain||SLT||Denali|
In addition to the Crew Cab, Short Box shown here, the 2021 GMC Canyon range is also available in Extended Cab, Long Box as well as Crew Cab, Long Box configurations. Engine choices consists of the naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 LCV gasoline Ecotec motor rated at 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, the 2.8 I4 LWN turbodiesel Duramax, rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and the gasoline 3.6L V6 LGZ rated at 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5L gasoline engine and the diesel are mated to GM’s six-speed automatic transmission, while the 3.6L V6 is paired with the eight-speed gearbox.
The 2021 GMC Canyon starts at $27,595, including $1,195 destination freight charge, for the Elevation Standard trim and Extended Cab configuration. Base MSRP for the equivalent Crew Cab, Short Box model is $29,495 and $38,795 for the Crew Cab, Long Box model (the price is notably higher since this config is not available in the Elevation Standard trim).
The model shown here – the 2021 GMC Canyon Elevation Crew Cab, Short Box with 4WD and the optional Power Package – is $40,240 before any potential rebates or incentives.
The 2021 GMC Canyon is as close to a refresh as we’ll get for this generation. An overhaul is expected for the 2023 model year.