The 2023 GMC Canyon made its official debut this week, arriving on scene with modern exterior styling, a tech-laden cabin and, perhaps most importantly, a new off-road-focused Canyon AT4X trim level. The Canyon AT4X is one of the more exciting additions to GM’s portfolio for the 2023 model year, so let’s take a closer look at what makes this go-anywhere pickup special.
A close relative of the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2, the GMC Canyon AT4X is described by the automaker as being a “premium, no-compromises, off-road midsize truck” that boasts “serious off-road equipment and advanced technology for enhanced capability and convenience.” In addition to a factory lift and ultra-wide front and rear tire tracks, the Canyon AT4X also comes standard with 33-inch tires, Multimatic DSSV shocks, front and rear e-lockers and underbody skid plates, facilitating its impressive off-road capability. GMC claims the truck has 10.7 inches of ground clearance right out of the box, along with a 36.9-degree approach angle, 25.0-degree departure angle and 24.5-degree breakover angle.
Inside, the Canyon AT4X features an exclusive Obsidian Rush interior color combo with Ceramic White accents, a customizable 11.3-inch diagonal touchscreen infotainment system and an 11-inch diagonal fully digital instrument cluster. Other features include a GMC-exclusive head-up display, a Bose seven-speaker audio entertainment system and a drive mode select system with a model-specific Baja off-road mode.
For GMC enthusiasts looking for even more capability, the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X will be available to order with an Edition 1 package, which will, unfortunately, carry extremely limited availability. Trucks equipped with this package will receive the following equipment:
- Front- and rear-facing underbody cameras with wash function
- Off-road front bumper with safari bar
- Front 30-inch off-road grille light bar
- Winch by COMEUP
- 17-inch beadlock capable wheels
- Reconfigurable bed rail system
- Performance front skid plate
- Unique Edition 1 tailgate badge
Just like the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2, the ZT4X taps GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine in the available High-Output tune, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Max trailering is set at 6,000 pounds, while four-wheel drive and the updated GM 8-speed automatic transmission are both standard.
The new 2023 GMC Canyon will be available in the first half of the 2023 calendar year. Production is scheduled to start on January 25th, 2023 at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri. However, Canyon AT4X production will commence in the spring of 2023.