The upcoming 2023 GMC Canyon is set to introduce a complete overhaul for the pickup nameplate, ushering in a fresh third generation. So far, GM Authority has captured prototype models of both the 2023 GMC Canyon Denali and 2023 GMC Canyon AT4, and now, we’re placing both prototypes side by side for a comparison.
For those readers who may be unaware, the Denali trim level is the range-topper of the Canyon lineup, while the AT4 is designated as the off-road-ready trim. As such, the 2023 GMC Canyon Denali is equipped with 20-inch chrome wheels, whereas the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 is running a set of 20-inch silver wheels with black accents.
The tire spec is also notably different, as the AT4 prototype is equipped with Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT rubber, the same tires used on Chevy Silverado ZR2 Trail Boss prototypes, while the Denali has less-aggressive Bridgestone Dueller A/T tires. That said, it should be noted that the Denali’s Dueller A/T tires are more rugged than what’s needed for the range-topping trim, but it could simply be that the 2023 GMC Canyon Denali will come with this chunkier robber going forward.
The running boards are also a notable point of departure between these two prototypes, with the Denali prototype equipped with low-hanging chrome running boards, and the AT4 prototype equipped with no running boards at all. This makes sense given the AT4’s focus on ground clearance, although the off-roader trim is also expected to offer a set of tightly tucked running boards as an optional extra.
Interestingly, the front fascia for both prototypes is surprisingly similar. Both have a tall, upright stance, a high rake, and loads of clearance, which could indicate that the Denali prototype is missing a few front-end trim bits, or that the Denali will get a new fascia. We also spot placeholder headlights with an LED signature up top and vertically oriented lighting up along the sides, a treatment that’s consistent with the face lifted 2023 GMC Sierra HD prototypes spied previously.
The stance is also worth pointing out, with the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 prototype riding higher than the Denali prototype, as expected for an off-roader.
Additional details include prominent fender flares and an aggressive body surface development compared to the current GMC Canyon. In back, both models have placeholder tail lights and a single-exit exhaust pipe, with an angled finisher for the latter.
The new 2023 GMC Canyon will roll on an updated version of the GMT-31XX body-on-frame platform, dubbed 31XX-2. The interior will also be overhauled, while engine options will be limited to the all-new turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline motor. Found under the hood of the GMC Sierra 1500, this engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. The current model’s naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGZ and 2.5L I4 LCV gas engines, as well as the 2.8L I4 LWN turbodiesel baby Duramax will not be offered.
Also expect the new pickup to come with GM’s latest Global B electric architecture, offering the latest tech features and over-the-air (OTA) software updates. Production will take place at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri, with sales in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The next-generation pickup may also be sold in the Middle East.