Positioned to take the midsize pickup’s off-road abilities to the next level, the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition features an entire suite of upgrades and enhancements over the “normal” AT4X, one of which being the massive wheel and tire combo. Now, here’s why the 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is equipped as standard with a bed-mounted spare.
The go-anywhere AT4X AEV Edition will be equipped with a bed-mounted spare tire as standard fare, and the reasoning behind this unorthodox decision is quite simple – the 35-inch wheel and tire package doesn’t fit underneath the truck bed. Notably, this is where the spare tire is normally located for all other Canyon trims.
This is an interesting solution that General Motors schemed up with to ensure every Canyon unit is equipped with a spare tire. In fact, The General actually lengthened the wheelbase of the third-gen midsizer to accommodate the beadlock-capable wheels and 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires that the AEV Edition is equipped with.
As a reminder, the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition takes the extremely capable AT4X model and cranks the off-roading abilities up another notch with a bevy of all-terrain features. These include stamped steel front and rear bumpers, and five ultra-high strength and hot-stamped Boron steel skid plates. For the true off-road junkies out there, it may be worth noting that the AEV Edition features a 38.2-degree approach angle, a 26-degree departure angle, and a 26.9-degree break-over angle, as well as 12.2 inches of ground clearance.
In regard to powertrain, the AEV Edition boasts the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which tuned in the Turbo High-Output variant and rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Output is directed to all four wheels through the second-gen GM eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as a two-speed transfer case and power-locking front and rear differentials.