2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Heading To The Middle East1
The 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X will be sold in the Middle East market, General Motors confirmed this week, marking the first time the GMC Canyon has been sold outside of the United States and Canada.
GMC Middle East has shared the same exact teaser image that GM’s U.S. division put out earlier this week, which shows the front right quarter panel/wheel of the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X and reveals its AT4X badging, rocker panel protectors and 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels.
According to Sharon Nishi, Chief Marketing Officer for GM Africa and Middle East, the 2023 GMC Canyon will be offered in the off-road-ready AT4X only when it launches in the Middle East later this year.
“Available exclusively in the all-new AT4X trim, we are taking no-compromise off-roading to the next level, blazing a trail in premium experience paired with incredible capability,” Nishi said of the truck’s forthcoming Middle Eastern arrival. “With the introduction of this all-new nameplate and new trim, we are able to offer more options to GMC truck loyalists, with no compromise on our brand promise of building the most premium, most capable trucks.”
As noted earlier this week, the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X is expected to feature similar equipment to the current Chevy Colorado ZR2. That could mean the presence of the innovative MultiMatic DSSV dampers, along with front and underbody skid plates and rock rails. A 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X prototype that GM Authority spied last July appeared to be equipped with these MultiMatic-developed dampers and also featured a set of huge 33-inch 285/70R17 tires.
As GM Authority was first to report, the 2023 GMC Canyon will ride on an updated version of GM’s current GMT-31XX midsize body-on-frame architecture, which is expected to be called 31XX-2. The vehicle will get an all-new exterior and interior, along with an all-new powerplant in the form of the turbocharged 2.7L I-4 L3B gasoline motor currently offered in the GMC Sierra 1500. In that application, the turbocharged four-cylinder is rated at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission will handle shifting duties.
All 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X trucks destined for the Middle East will be produced at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri alongside the closely-related 2023 Chevy Colorado. The pickup will make its official debut this summer before going on sale later in the year.
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Why does no one think that the 3.0 duramax can be available alongside the 2.7. It may be a secret gm is holding back and not telling anyone. The midsize trucks AND the commercial vans will be dropping the 2.8 and gm will probably drop the 3.0 by 2030, so it only makes sense to use the 3.0 as much as possible. Especially when you consider the gap the 2.8 is going to leave. The gm midsize trucks will probably target the Gladiator as well, meaning they need something to compete with the ecodiesel.