2023 GMC Canyon AT4: First Real-World Pictures48
The 2023 GMC Canyon has made its big debut, introducing an all-new third generation for the midsize pickup. Now, we’re taking a closer look at the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 with these first real-world pictures.
This 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 looks great out on the blacktop, rolling in a shade of silver that works well in conjunction with the black trim bits. This particular paint hue is most likely Sterling Metallic (paint code GXD), the same shade offered for the 2022 through 2023 GMC Sierra 1500.
For those readers who may be unaware, the 2023 GMC Canyon is offered as the more-accessible off-road truck, slotting in between the standard Elevation trim and the more luxurious Denali and more rugged AT4X with a selection of mild off-road-focused equipment and styling upgrades. Up front, for example, we see a faux skid plate, as well as a set of tow hooks covered in black-and-white camo (the tow hooks are red on the production vehicle). Also note the red-accented AT4 badge in the rectangular grille, and the restyled lighting treatment.
All 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 models is equipped as standard with an off-road suspension package that includes a two-inch suspension lift and extra-wide track, with a total of 9.6 inches of ground clearance. The side view also shows off the lighting bits on the flared fenders, as well as a set of 18-inch off-road wheels.
In back, we spot a CornerStep bumper, while spent gasses exit through a single exhaust pipe behind the passenger’s side rear tire. There’s also more AT4 badging on the tailgate.
As a reminder, the 2023 GMC Canyon is equipped as standard with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine in the top High-Output tune, rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, all of which is directed through the second-generation GM 8-speed automatic transmission.
The 2023 GMC Canyon rides on the updated version of the GM GMT 31XX platform known as 31XX-2. The next-gen truck will begin production at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri early next year.
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I just don’t get it, GM is making all these trucks for off roading/rock climbing and yet nothing to compete with the Raptor.
I personally think the Raptor is trash with it’s V6 and Interior Surround Sound making V8 Engine noises inside the cabin.
GM needs a baja trophy truck to compete with the Raptor and future Raptor R.
The Silverado ZR2, Silverado ZR2 Bison, Colorado ZR2, Colorado ZR2 Bison, Sierra ATX4, Sierra ATX4 AEV, Canyon ZR2 and the Canyon ZR2 Bison out perfom anything from Ford and Ram, with Front and Rear Lockers and all the goodies they come with to Off Road and Rock Climb.
For those that say the Silverado ZR2 and Sierra ATX4 are overpriced compared to the Raptor, good luck finding a Raptor without a $10,000 to $20,000 mark-up.
Please GM make a wide body ZR2 and use the Supercharged Engine LT4 from the Caddilac Escalade V and call it ZRX! Please someone listen to us and make a real Raptor Killer once and for all.
Make History just stop telling us that 60% of GM Trucks are sold in some 4X4 version, we know it all started with the G80.
Because that is a small market and with two trucks it is saturated. You do realize that Raptor sales are around 40k, and for all the added engineering and costs that go in to it it just doesn’t make a good business case. The ZR2 came out to go after a different part of the market that wasn’t yet there fully. So while people keep asking for a “Raptor/TRX fighter” why not ask where the ZR2 fighter is from the others? This argument is so one sided it isn’t even funny anymore.
why does gm need to compete with trash? lol poor ford can’t hold a flame to the mid size ZR2/AT4X…
I’m sitting here in my kitchen reading these posts about how GM should build all these,”Rich boy play toys”. I can see why GM would not want to build these things, it’s pure economics. These trucks would not be for the masses, or the everyday truck buyer, but instead the weekend warriors with more money then common sense! The “Joe six packs “ of the world need trucks that can work hard doing truck things, and still carry the family out to Pizzahut on the Saturday night. The truth about all of this boil’s down to, the people that buy smaller trucks can’t afford the bigger new trucks. $65000 for a compact truck is pure foolishness, I fully understand why GM isn’t foaming at the mouth to build these toys, they would go broke repairing them. Man/boys can amaze us with new ways of getting their new trucks stuck, drowned, flipped or utterly destroyed following the phrase “hold my beer”! I happen to be in the not so unique position of being father of one such “Man/boy”. I’ve had many lectures on why I should buy one of those super trucks. My friend down the street has one of these super trucks, it just sits in the driveway. I finally asked him why he doesn’t drive it? He told me that it’s too pretty to scratch up in the woods. This is a $85000 ford Raptor I’m taking about, you could of knocked me over with a feather. $85000 yard ornament that’s too pretty to drive, go figure.
Thank Goodness GM is smarter than a fifth grader, and doesn’t do everything the customers want.
why target a dessert runner when more people care about over landing. the Raptor just targets those that have small egos and crave more power.
really i think GM has a better idea of what the market does with their vehicles then Ford and Ram, but in todays world, its the stats that speak to the consumer and the cool factor
On the Sierra, the Elevation and AT4 have mostly been differentiated by the ride height and wheel size. All the Canyons are supposed to be on the High/Wide suspension, so the difference must be content. Confusing.
If I were to buy another gm product ever again, this would be it. I wouldn’t have to do anything to this truck, it looks good as is.
Looks better here then the press release photos.
I own a 2015 Canyon Lt and would love a new 2023 model but the price of these new trucks are out of reach for a retired person. Wish GM would have some discounts for seniors. Nice looking new model.
Bed tumor does not look flattering here. Otherwise, truck looks great.
I usually prefer GMC over the Chevrolet version.
However, I still do not care for the asymmetrical wheel opening – they appear odd and in the opposite direction of where they should be.
I prefer the Chevrolet Colorado
Also, I wish the V-6 was still available.
I really like the rugged looks of the AT4X…. BUT,
really, the “FAUX” front skid plate?? why bother if it
Well, a real front skid plate has become a feature on the AT4 for both the Sierra, canyon and Yukon. Also think the lesser SUVs have some form of underbody protection.
The article is probably incorrectly reporting information.
My thoughts exactly GMC Fan. I wouldn’t be surprised if the body armor isn’t to the extent of the AT4X, but I WOULD be surprised if it was fake plastic covers.
i have a jeep gladiator. i like the new gmc canyon looks and the ride quality must be light years better, but the back seat is smaller so with 3 kids that’s a pass. I just wish they made a pickup with a smaller than 5-foot bed and increased interior room (really a 4.5 foot bed and an extra 6 inches in back). the old hummer h2 sut had a smaller bed and bigger interior. I don’t want the massive sierra either, won’t fit in my garage or really any parking garage in a city.
You park in the city, don’t really need the bed…..have you thought maybe what you need is a car?
Live in burbs, pickup bed is so helpful. But go into city once a week or more. If I had a 3 car garage I’d also get an ct5. Also in northeast, a 4×4 is necessary for not just winter but pot holes.
*AWD you don’t need 4wd. Like MrR said, maybe a truck isn’t for you. Get a nice CUV with AWD, you have a 3 car garage and live out side the city, a $1500 utility trailer would be way better to use. You have kids, your image won’t take a hit driving a nice Blazer; plus it will be better in every way day to day to any truck (mpg, ride, handling, safety, etc). Trucks wouldn’t be so expensive if they weren’t image purchases for the suburban dad.
Haha, wait, did you just say 4wd is necessary for “pot holes”? Haha, come on…
Buy a Maverick
The bed looks 3 ft long on these pictures. I think a long bed might look more proportional as well as be more functional
They lost a sale on the 2023 with me. I have a 2016 Slt long bed (74″)crew cab . I have the 6cyl. I won’t give up my V6 & I am always loading up my long bed. I can’t image going to Home Depot for a home project with a 4 or 5 ft bed. I guess you make 2 or 3 trips instead of one.
Sometimes increasing the trips doesn’t help. I routinely haul 8′ lumber and it’s much easier with a 6′ bed than a 5′ bed.
I still like the look of this new Canyon and I drive a Toyota….but maybe not much longer.
I am disappointed. Been waiting on the new Canyon Denali. Lifted 2 inches?? One color, black interior?? Ugly steps hanging down??? I wanted to see a direct replacement for SLT, a luxury town truck., with chrome bumpers, Michelin M and S tires, a street truck with a smooth ride. Not all of us want a jacked up off reader. Oh, and that added $1,500.00 mark up for On Star.
Can’t wait to see how this compares with the new Tacoma! Some of the GMC specs are going to be tough beat, especially the HP/torque/tow ratings.
The fact that there is one engine with 3 different hp/torque ratings is absolute letdown to me. Now if they had the Ho version and the 3.0 as a replacement for the 2.8 , I would be all in, minus the ridiculous short bed.( standard bed only)
In the Canyon, the engine is the H.O. version. (310HP and 430 TQ) and it’s standard on every trim. The Colorado gets the 3 different tunes.
Who thumbs down facts?!?!?!?!?!?
They did me that way one time. Goes to show who reads and posts on here. This is why pickuptrucks.com shut down their comments section a couple of years ago. There used to be some good discussions on there too
Why is it necessary to have 3 different versions of the same engine in these trucks anyway? While the power may be decent, they have proven not to be very efficient either. I believe a turbo 3 liter displacement would be better overall power wise and more efficient to boot. The short bed may make sense to the people who use the truck for off reading, but basically useless for those who actually use a truck for the way it’s supposed to be used and I believe there are a lot more buyers for such trucks.
Looks great, but the bed is useless. Needs a 6 and a half foot bed at least.
No midsize truck (even the current mid sizers that do offer a long bed option) is that long. They are just a hair over 6 foot.
Absolutely am amazed how cool the body style is on these trucks. Sharp lines and very tough looking.
Who ever did the body design needs high praise….. and a raise
The dash is an extream let down
It looks like it’s out of another vehicle and doesn’t fit in the truck property
Look at the way it meets the doors.
Now look at the second gen.
That dash really doesn’t do such a great looking truck any justice.
Unless you are trying to down play the body style.
I personally hate when a screen looks like a cheap after thought and is stuck on the dash instead of in the dash…
At least its not like fords, dodge or toyota where it looks stuck on the dash like a tablet and you have to read up and down. Gm got it right because you typically look left and right. Its similiar to the Silverado and Sierra and have been given praise every where.
I guess everyone has different opinions. I think the interior on these trucks is absolutely fantastic, and I love that the screen is horizontally integrated with the dash, rather than the Ford or Tesla style where it literally looks like someone took an iPad Pro and glued it to the dash.
Truck looks great. Just looks alittle out of proportion with that short bed.
Agree on the short bed only choice, why? That, and dropping the baby max has sort of dropped what I thought was going to be my next new truck way down on my list, which is a shame. Problem is also, I don’t want a Ford, or Ram, may wait and see what Toyota does, but sure it will be pricy. I have been waiting for the release of the Canyon and the Colorado to get the updated styling, then they dropped the bomb of 1 engine and 1 bed, say what, big mistake. I always thought the truck looked better with the standard bed, balanced the look with the cab, and really wanted the little Duramax. Don’t get me wrong, the trucks look good, I like them a lot, but dropping 2 of the main things I wanted in the truck, that blows, give me 1 at least, dropping 2 is to much. Now I don’t know, I’m always a Chevy guy, always have been, but having a hard time finding one that fits my needs, and price range these days, sad. I guess if I cant get a truck I want from Chevy, may as well get a cheaper Nissan Frontier and be done with it. If I want a SUV with a bed, I can get a Hyundai, or just get a SUV, but I want a truck, trucks need bigger beds, and engine choices. Pretty bummed, it is a nice truck, but don’t think its my truck sadly. 8-(
I am somewhat with you but the 2.8 wasn’t really that much of a gem. It was a dog at anything above 3k rpms or at highway speeds when you needed HP. The thing struggled on the ike gauntlet. With gas prices here in Texas well over a dollar under diesel, I can see why they aren’t as popular. If this thing like they say can mesh all the best attributes of the three previous engines (HP from the V6, Torque of the diesel and MPG of the base four cylinder) then I would be happy to have this engine, it has reviewed well in the full size. My big thing is the 6ft bed, that kills it for me. I am going to shop competitors or maybe full size but I really want to be in a midsize. We have a current CCLB canyon and it is the perfect size truck, was all set to replace it until that was done away with. I hear the Ranger may have that option again?
I had 4 Rangers in a row. Had good luck and didn’t have any issues so I stayed with Ford.
The 4.0 was quick but max tow was a measly 3500lbs with the manual trans.
It burnt more fuel than a F150 with the V8.
The 2.8 diesel in my Colorado is absolutely amazing compared to any of the Ranger’s I had. Fuel mileage is 50% better. Pulls twice the weight.
No it doesn’t rev like a gas engine. And the higher the RPM the less power it seems to make. Quick passing is not one of its strong points.
The reason it didn’t do well on the IKE was because high EGTs caused the computer to reduce power to protect the engine.
If there is one thing I really hate it’s a screaming gas engine every time you approach a hill.
8 foot lumber is the shortest lumber u buy at a lumber yard. People buying a 4 ft bed truck clearly don’t do any construction. I have a Silverado but like some here wanting to go smaller. If your building a deck or shed, your usually getting 10-12 foot lumber. These tiny bed trucks are for soccer dads or people that think they are going off road and we all know very few will ever do that. Save your gas money and buy a suv, better gas mileage by far. Gm get back to building trucks for the working class.
The description claims exhaust is on driver’s side. The photo clearly shows it on the passenger side. Does the author want me to believe him, or my lying eyes?
Teasing aside, it’s a great looking truck. Only short comings for me are no physical head light control, and the manual rear slider.
Thank you for calling out that typo! Post has been updated.
Have owned two Chevy Colorados and am ready and waiting for the GMC Canyon AT4.
I only wish they would show some picks of the seats. Since I have to order one with out driving or seeing it. I hope they don’t go with just plain gray. Some Red and maybe Red or black stitching would be cool. And what is with the Red and White in the AT4X?
Off road with white trim, Really?
Doesn’t off road mean dirt and mud? Come on guys Red is cool and gray but why add white?
I thought the very same when I seen the seats. What the hell is that bright white patch on the seats. That’s going to look like hell over time.
I have dogs I don’t want any white in my truck.
Not only the white, but what the hell is brown doing on the dash. Can’t they keep it simple.
Don’t forget those really bad looking round vents. It just doesn’t belong with the rest of the design
A master of design did the body and a rookie with poor taste did the dash