Adding even more capability to the hard-charging off-road variants of the 2024 GMC Canyon – the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X and 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition – GM just announced the two trim levels will get a new launch control feature as part of their Baja Mode.
This advanced drive technology improves performance both on-road and off-road for the 2024 GMC Canyon variants, The General says.
Launch control enables “drivers to press the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time, and then release the brake pedal, resulting in improved acceleration,” according to GM.
The launch control feature is backed up by a smart system which “learns” the characteristics of the surface from acceleration feedback. It then adjusts the 2024 GMC Canyon truck’s engine torque and speed to match the substrate, optimizing traction and thus providing stronger acceleration on subsequent launches.
GM further states that it will continue to develop launch control, adding more features and updates that can be downloaded directly to the vehicle as they become available. The Ultifi software platform that Big Red is introducing on the 2024 GMC Canyon makes the planned over-the-air updating and future enhancement of launch control possible.
Launch control will only be available on the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X and AT4X AEV Edition because it requires Baja Mode, a drive mode only available on these models. The other trim levels of the Canyon’s 2024 model year – including the Elevation, AT4, and Denali trims – have drive modes as well, but not Baja Mode.
The 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X already has Baja Mode, but launch control is a new addition for the 2024 model year. The 2024 AT4X and AT4X AEV Edition also include a suite of equipment and features chosen to improve their off-road ruggedness and competence. Overlanding vehicle specialists American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) collaborated in development of the Canyon AT4X AEV Edition.
The 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is designed with multiple features to help it conquer even the most difficult trails. These include a 38.2-degree approach angle, a 26-degree departure angle, and a 26.9-degree breakover angle, helped by the high-clearance design of the truck variant’s stamped steel front and rear bumpers.
GM equips both off-road variants of the truck with a suspension lift, enhancing clearance above that offered by the standard 2024 GMC Canyon. The AT4X has a 3-inch lift, while the AT4X AEV Edition adds another 1.5 inches for a 4.5-inch lift.
Consequently, the AT4X AEV edition has 12.2 inches of ground clearance. Five ultra-high-strength, hot-stamped Boron steel skid plates protect the front approach, the suspension and steering gear, the transfer case, the fuel tank, and the rear differential in case it skims a taller obstacle. The vehicle rides on AEV beadlock-capable Salta wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires.
The sole engine choice for the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is the Turbo High-Output variant of the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, providing 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The 2024 Canyon will ride on the updated GMT 31XX-2 platform.
Start of regular production (SORP) for the 2024 GMC Canyon is scheduled for October 30th, 2023 at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.