The 2023 GMC Canyon will debut a brand-new third generation for the pickup nameplate, introducing a wealth of changes and updates over the 2022 model year, among them a brand-new cabin space featuring a new steering wheel design.
As GM Authority covered earlier this month, a prototype 2023 GMC Canyon was recently spotted testing on public roads. Luckily, our spy photographer managed to capture images of the interior, showing off the overhauled cabin space and the new steering wheel design.
The new steering wheel in the 2023 GMC Canyon features four spokes, including two spokes located at the nine o’clock and three o’clock positions, and two parallel spokes along the lower rim. The wheel appears to have a thick, easily graspable width to it, with new switchgear and glossy surrounds matched with silver detailing.
Along the horizontal arms, the 2023 GMC Canyon steering wheel includes easy-access buttons for a variety of in-cabin controls. For example, the three o’clock arm looks as though it has controls for either the volume or the stereo favorites, or next/previous track controls, while the nine o’clock arms looks as though it has temperature control and other climate controls.
Additionally, it’s possible that the stitching on the inside of the steering wheel rim will be available in multiple colors for added customization. Also of note is the absence of a column-mounted shifter, as that function will be moved down to a new console-mounted shifter instead.
Under the body panels, the 2023 GMC Canyon will once again ride on the GM 31XX platform, just like the current generation. However, the new Canyon will likely introduce improvements to the platform, such as upgrades to the frame. What’s more, the exterior and interior will both be completely overhauled.
The powertrain lineup will also be new. As GM Authority reported in 2020, the new Canyon will feature the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine as the exclusive engine option. Under the hood of the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra, the L3B produces 310 horsepower and an uprated 430 pound-feet of torque. The GM 10-speed automatic will handle cog swaps.
The new truck will also come equipped with GM’s Global B electronic architecture and offer the latest technology features, while the trim level lineup will include the debut of the first-ever GMC Canyon AT4X.