General Motors is cooking up a brand-new next-generation GMC Canyon for the 2023 model year, and now, we’ve spotted a 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 prototype out and about conducting some real-world testing around metro Detroit.
The last time we saw the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 was in September, at which time our spies captured a prototype model conducting high-altitude testing in Colorado. Prior to that, we saw the new Canyon AT4 testing last June.
Outside, the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 will introduce new styling, with an aggressive aesthetic punctuated by a jacked-up ride height and pumped-up fenders. In order to maximize clearance, this prototype isn’t equipped with running boards, unlike the chrome running boards equipped by the 2023 GMC Canyon Denali prototype that GM Authority covered over the summer. Rather, the new Canyon AT4 will only offer running boards as an option, with the units themselves hugging the body closely.
Further ground clearance will be made possible with a unique front fascia designed for an aggressive approach angle. This particular prototype model looks to be equipped with placeholder lighting, or at the very least placeholder units for the primary lighting elements. However, the production model will be equipped with new LED lighting elements and vertically oriented lighting signatures.
In the corners, we spot the same six-spoke wheels and black finish as the prototype model featured in September. Wrapping the rollers is a set of Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT tires, while an even more-aggressive tire will be offered as well. In the cabin, expect a fully overhauled interior space.
As for the goodies under the skin, the 2023 GMC Canyon will ride on top of the GM 31XX-2 platform, which is an updated version of the GMT-31XX midsize body-on-frame architecture. The greasy bits will feature the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, the same powerplant equipped by the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500. Output is rated at 310 horsepower and an upgraded 420 pound-feet of torque, with a 10-speed automatic making for the cog swaps.