As GM Authority has reported for over a year now, General Motors is developing a new, third-generation Chevy Colorado, which means the Colorado’s corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon, is also poised to receive a generational overhaul, set to debut for the 2023 model year. Now, we’re going over everything we know thus far about the all-new 2023 GMC Canyon prior to its expected reveal later this year.
We expect the 2023 GMC Canyon model lineup to consist of the following trim levels: Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4, AT4X, and Denali.
The AT4X will join the lineup as a more capable off-roader trim that slots above the “regular” GMC Canyon AT4, serving as GMC’s equivalent to the Chevy Colorado ZR2, at least from a mechanical standpoint.
Furthermore, we expect the new Denali trim to be even more premium compared to the current Canyon Denali, with improved materials and equipment. The 2023 GMC Canyon Denali may also be the first midsize GM pickup model to offer the GM Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system.
Finally, it’s possible that the new Canyon will receive a new Pro trim that slots in under the Elevation as the new base model, similar to the GMC Sierra. However, this is still not definite.
With regard to the exterior styling, the 2023 GMC Canyon will get an all-new exterior, following the latest GMC design language. We also know it will feature a more aggressive and imposing stance, as previewed in the latest spy photos.
As for the details, expect a set of new headlights with LED lighting signatures with a more complex shape than the peepers on the current truck. The body panels will be much more modernly styled, with surface development techniques being more intricate than those of the current model. The latest GMC Canyon will also offer the MultiPro tailgate.
While the bones supporting the cab structure will likely remain unchanged, the sheetmetal will be new. Speaking of cabs, cab options are a bit of a mystery at of this writing. The only 2023 Canyon configuration we’ve seen GM test is the Crew Cab, Short Box. Given huge levels of demand for Crew Cabs, especially in more premium level trucks, we’re have to wonder whether an Extended Cab will even be offered this time around.
The current GMC Canyon was introduced in the U.S. for the 2015 model year, and the cabin has often been a point of criticism. Luckily, the overhauled 2023 Canyon will have an all-new cabin, following in the footsteps of the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, as previewed in spy photos from February. The cabin will be redone with new seats, new switchgear, a new shifter, push-button start, a new center stack with a new infotainment system and more. These changes will give the truck’s interior a more modern appearance as compared to the current model, which traces its roots to 2011 with the launch of the international-market Chevy S10/Colorado model.
Digging deeper on the infotainment system, the unit in the 2023 Canyon will run Google Automotive, with embedded connections via OnStar 4G LTE offering things like traffic and weather information, point of interest search, and other nav features. The SiriusXM TrafficLink system currently in place will no longer be used. The 2023 GMC Canyon will also offer additional camera views thanks to more cameras around the vehicle.
As mentioned earlier, the GM Super Cruise feature is also expected to be offered.
As for the powerplant, the 2023 GMC Canyon will offer just one engine option: the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine. This engine may be offered in both a regular output tune, as well as in higher output form for top trims. Output numbers have yet to be revealed, but when equipped by the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, the L3B produces 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.
Don’t expect a diesel option. However, the turbo four-cylinder gas unit will produce an audible turbo whistle under acceleration, while also delivering more horsepower and more torque than the current 2.8L LWN turbo-diesel Duramax. The GM 10-speed automatic transmission will be standard across the board, but it’s also possible that GM may equip lower trims with the GM 8-speed automatic.
Rear-wheel drive will be standard, with four-wheel drive as optional. AT4 models will get four-wheel drive as standard.
Platform, Chassis, Suspension
The 2023 GMC Canyon will ride on an upgraded version of the GMT31XX platform, dubbed internally as 31XX-2. Expect improvements to the frame and general structure of the truck, along with revised suspension bits on some models.
Additionally, the new Canyon will run the GM Global B electrical architecture, which will enable it the latest tech features, such as GM Super Cruise, plus over-the-air updates.
Wheels And Tires
We expect that the next-gen 2023 GMC Canyon will offer a range of wheel sizes ranging from 17 inches to 20 inches in diameter. The GMC Canyon AT4X will likely ride on 17s wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, mirroring the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2.
We expect the 2023 GMC Canyon to launch late this year as a 2023 model year vehicle. As of right now, the ongoing global microchip shortage has not yet affected the launch schedule.
The next-gen 2023 GMC Canyon will have a similar pricing structure as the current model, albeit with new models like the AT4X and potential Canyon Pro base model rounding out the lineup. Expect a starting price around $27,000 and reach into the $44,000 starting mark for the Denali range-topper.
The 2023 GMC Canyon will be produced at the GM Wentzville facility in Missouri for global markets, including the markets where GMC currently has a first-party presence – the U.S., Canada and the Middle East.
With regard to the midsize mainstream pickup segment, the 2023 GMC Canyon will be up against a number of new products from rival automakers, such as the all-new Nissan Frontier and the new Ford Ranger, the latter of which will also be available in a range-Ranger Raptor that wasn’t previously available in North America.
Sales Numbers - Midsize Mainstream Pickup Trucks - 2021 - USA
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For now, the Toyota Tacoma is the clear sales leader in the segment, as has been the case for the past decade, if not more. It’s worth noting that the sales figures you see above were distorted by production disruptions and shortages during the 2021 calendar year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.