GMC Canyon Latest AT4, Plus 2021 Denali Getting a New Face

The latest from GMC is a more rugged, off-road Canyon, but if you’re hoping for a GMC version of Chevrolet’s ZR2, you might end up disappointed.

It’s another addition to GMC’s AT4 lineup, the premium-trimmed, slightly more capable than standard offering that started with the new Sierra and has already extended to Acadia. Now it offers Canyon buyers an alternative to the Denali that you might not mind getting dirty.

The extra capability, or what GMC calls “added off-road confidence” starts with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires on special 17-inch alloys. There’s an off-road suspension, though no word on if it’s lifted like the Sierra version of the AT4. GMC has added an automatic locking rear differential to the 4×4 system and Advanced Hill Descent Control System. To protect it when you’re slamming over boulders – or curbs at the mall – the transfer case gets a skid plate.

“This is a truck created with outdoor adventurers in mind,” said GMC VP Duncan Aldred. “The Canyon AT4 is a perfect complement to the driver’s other passions and appreciation of the details, whether that’s a mountain bike, a snowboard or their truck.”

There’s also a much larger new grille, one that’s maybe just a touch too large for the nose of the truck. Dark chrome outside and red recovery hooks complete the exterior transformation.

Making sure you don’t forget which pickup you got, the Canyon AT4 gets AT4 headrest embroidery and special Kalahari seat stitching.

GMC also announced some changes to the Canyon Denali for 2021. Like a new grille and 20-inch wheels, both of which, GMC says, make it look more like the Sierra Denalis. GMC didn’t show the new grille or interior that adds aluminum accents and open-pore ash trim.

Both AT4 and Denali will be available with the 3.6L V6 or the 2.8L Duramax diesel, with production to start later this year.

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