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GMC CANYON CREW CAB AT4: TO THE RAPIDS AND BEYOND

The thrill of racing down a raging river with only your wits and a paddle has new competition – the thrill of getting to the water itself in the GMC Canyon Crew Cab AT4.

Building on the form, function and performance of the all-new 2004 Canyon pickup, the GMC Canyon Crew Cab AT4 kayak show truck showcases the production vehicle’s versatility. The new midsize truck is available in three body styles to suit almost any customer’s needs, including Crew Cab, Extended Cab and Regular Cab models. It also comes in the popular two-wheel-drive Crew Cab and High-Stance off-road models. The full range includes the option of either two- or four-wheel drive.

“Canyon AT4 redefines the ideas behind what you can do with a midsize truck,” said Jerome Thiebaud, Canyon product manager. “On the road or trail, Canyon has what customers want: more power, more space and more functionality.”

Hauling friends and equipment in the Canyon Crew Cab AT4 is done in comfort and style with an innovative kayak cargo rail system and integrated tonneau cover that keeps both watercraft and gear safe and secure. A GMC Accessory bedliner by Wise Industries enhances the storage handling capability of the Canyon AT4. A gas cap key safe adds convenience to capability, allowing you to safely secure your truck while you brave the water. Canyon AT4’s cloth roll-back sunroof maximizes the open-air experience for the outdoors enthusiast.

Styling and design mix energy with attitude
Exterior design and styling of the Canyon Crew Cab AT4 show truck hints of the flavor found inside the cab. Arc’Teryx material is used on Canyon’s seating surfaces and in several accent appointments.

“Heron Blue” optically enhanced paint clothes Canyon’s custom wheel flares, grille and front/rear fascias in a color that rivals the energy and beauty of the waters it’s designed to travel to.

Enhanced Bose premium audio brings everything together in the cab and an Acoustic Wave music system in the cargo area allows you to carry the beat outside once you reach your destination. This versatile sound system is engineered specifically for the Canyon to allow the vehicle’s unique acoustics to work in concert with the sound system. This provides listeners with clear, balanced and spacious sound from any of the Canyon’s seating locations. For premium sound outside of the vehicle, the Canyon AT4 includes a Bose Acoustic Wave music system that delivers deep, rich sound that you’d expect from a much larger system.

Power and suspension package get the job done
Giving the Canyon Crew Cab AT4 its get-up-and-go is a Vortec 3500 I-5 engine that produces 220 horsepower and 225 lb.-ft. of torque. Off-road appointments include four-wheel-drive, raised wheel-to-body height for greater ground clearance, all-terrain suspension components, tow hooks and BFG All-Terrain on/off-road tires with GMC 17-inch wheels.
 

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I like the restyled headlights they have on this model. Its different than all the other Canyons I've seen, and looks so much better. I could only hope that GMC realizes this and puts that front end on its Canyons, thus improving the looks greatly. The current crop with the small signal lights and big, out place looking headlights on the bottom just screams at me "Dont Buy".

However the picture I've seen of the AT4 looks awesome, and it almos tlooks like Trailblazer headlights up front.
 

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Originally posted by Shadowfax@Nov 7 2003, 12:33 PM
I like the restyled headlights they have on this model. Its different than all the other Canyons I've seen, and looks so much better. I could only hope that GMC realizes this and puts that front end on its Canyons, thus improving the looks greatly. The current crop with the small signal lights and big, out place looking headlights on the bottom just screams at me "Dont Buy".

However the picture I've seen of the AT4 looks awesome, and it almos tlooks like Trailblazer headlights up front.
Could U B a dear and post a pic 4 the rest of us??? :D
 
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Cool. I like how they raised it up abit. That's one thing I've noticed, the Toyota 4x4's tend to sit a little higher. I could see some Chevy's and GMC's having that same stance.

I have noticed the Trailblazer tends to look kind of like a car, as far as stance. How about perhaps offering some tricked out Colorado's and Trailblazers with say more of a rugged 4x4 look and feel, with say a lift kit, and maybe removeable roof panels.

I could see offering a "tricked out" value package for Trailblazers, Colorado's, and perhpas the Envoy with say more of a 4x4 stance (ie sitting higher), cool seats, and maybe removeable roof panels. Because didn't the old K-5's used to have the whole top pop off ?

Toyota makes some pretty good trucks, so getting guys out of their Tacoma's will be tough.

I could see offering some tricked out packages, not just plastic cladding, but REAL options. I think the Trailblazer, Colorado and Envoy probably suite that market better. The Rainier is probably going after a different market.

How about a thread on this topic?

Possible options for tricked out 4x4's
 

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Shadowfax is right. The headlights are out of place and it ruins the whole front end (imo).

I just got back from the SF car show. Saw the Colorado, sorry, front end is ugly (out of place headlights and bold cross bar thing don't cut it for me). So I kept walking...
Then I saw the Canyon, looked a little bit better... no cross bar through the grille like on the Chevy.. but still wasn't good enough looking to get me to stop and take a closer look.

But then, wait... what's that? It's a Canyon. Looks really good. Has a tough, bold looking stance. The front end looks much better. Hmmm... it's an AT4. The GMC rep hands me a brochure with the four AT4 models on the cover (Canyon, Envoy, Yukon and Sierra). I like that. I would sell my 1988 Toyota for one of those. When are they available? I asked. "We don't know" she said.

As soon as I got home I logged on to GMC.com. The brochure says "for more informnation, visit www.gmc.com". I could not find a single reference to the AT4 Canyon on gmc.com. I was so bummed. I really thought I had found a truck that I was willing to make payments on. Guess not.

If they styled the Canyon front end like the AT4 or at least offered an AT4 model styled like the "show" truck I'd buy one. Here's a chance for GM to get me out of my Toyota and into an American product but they f'd up the front end. Too bad GM.

I did go back to the Colorado to check out the back seats in the crew cab. GM gets a thumbs up in that area. Very comfortable and they have head rests so your head doesn't go through the rear window in a crash. I have to say though, that the dash is pretty bland. It has some nice styling but it is lost by using the monotone color scheme. I'd like to see a floor shifter as well. But if they just offered the Canyon with the AT4 exterior styling I could overlook the somewhat bland interior.

Please GM, build the AT4 Canyon and soon!
 
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