General Motors is working on a new, highly capable off-roader variant of the 2023 GMC Canyon called the Canyon AT4X. We’ve already caught the new AT4X testing in prototype form on public roads, but now, we’re taking a closer look at the AT4X by comparing it to prototypes of the “regular” 2023 GMC Canyon AT4.
Up front, both Canyon models have a familiar fascia, with placeholder lighting that includes an LED signature strip up top, and two forward-facing lamps below. This setup is reminiscent of several other GMC prototypes, including the 2023 GMC Sierra HD and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500.
Under the camo, we also spot a broad grille section with horizontal styling bars stretched across the middle. Moving down, we see lots of ground clearance, with the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X appearing to offer a taller stance.
The side angle reveals that the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X does indeed appear to have a taller stance than the “regular” AT4, while the wheel and tire specs are another important differentiator, with the AT4X running a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch 285/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, and the “regular” AT4 running larger 20-inch wheels, also wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, albeit with a slightly slimmer 32.5-inch profile.
The 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X is also notable for its MultiMatic DSSV shocks, which are currently exclusive to the Chevy Colorado ZR2. By comparison, the “regular” Canyon AT4 is expected to come with a set of Rancho shocks. The setup is expected to give GMC the equivalent of the Chevy Colorado ZR2.
Finally, we have the rear end, which appears to be more or less identical between the two pickup prototypes, and includes side step-ups in the corners of the bumpers and vertical tail lamps.
All 2023 GMC Canyon models will ride on an updated version of GM’s GMT-31XX midsize body-on-frame platform, dubbed 31XX-2. Under the hood, we expect to find the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is also equipped in the GMC Sierra 1500, where it produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
Stay tuned, as we’ll have more to say about the 2023 GMC Canyon in the future. Until then, make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more GMC Canyon news, GMC news, and around-the-clock General Motors news coverage.