Readers who saw our recent spy shots of the upcoming 2023 GMC Canyon pickup truck might have noticed a small stem protruding from the lower part of the side mirrors. Each stem is a housing for a camera, which signifies that the next-generation GMC Canyon will be offered with the 360-degree Surround Vision system.
Surround Vision has never previously been available for the Canyon. However, it is currently available for the 2019 and newer GMC Sierra 1500 light-duty pickup, the 2020 and newer GMC Sierra Heavy Duty, and the 2021 GMC Yukon full-size SUV and its long-wheelbase equivalent, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL.
However, the way the camera is integrated into the mirror housing on those vehicles is different, for the simple reason that their mirrors are also different from those fitted to the upcoming Canyon.
The vehicle shown in the spy shots is likely the range-topping Denali trim level. Lower-end trims will probably not offer the Surround Vision system. In addition, we anticipate that Surround Vision will also be available on high-end versions of the GMC Canyon’s corporate cousin, the 2023 Chevy Colorado pickup.
Surround Vision is an active safety technology that provides the driver with a virtual “bird’s eye” view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings, reducing the possibility of making contact with an object the driver might not otherwise have seen. Images from one forward-looking camera, one Rear Vision camera and two cameras pointing downward from the side mirrors comprise the Surround View, which is displayed on the center stack display.
The GMC Canyon will be revamped for the 2023 model year, riding on an updated version of the GMT-31XX platform used for the current model, and will continue being built alongside the Chevy Colorado at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri for sale in the U.S. and Canada. Mexico and the Middle East are potential markets where the next-gen midsize pickup could be offered.
We expect the next-gen Canyon to be powered by a single powerplant – the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is also offered in the 2019 and newer GMC Sierra 1500. In the Sierra, the boosted four-pot produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. In the 2023 GMC Canyon, it will be paired with GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission.