The 2021 GMC Canyon made its debut in Colorado with an updated design and a rugged new AT4 trim. This is the first time the Canyon has been offered as an AT4, a badge that’s reserved for the most capable versions of GMC vehicles.
The first-ever Canyon AT4 is an off-road capable vehicle that gets unique styling. This includes dark chrome finishes, a larger grille, and red recovery hooks. It also gets distinctive interior accents with Kalahari stitching and AT4 embroidery on the headrests.
Along with that styling comes enhanced capability. The Canyon AT4 rides on 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires with 17-inch aluminum wheels and an off-road tuned suspension system that includes advanced hill descent control. The four-wheel drive system features a rear automatic locking differential and there’s a transfer case skid plate for extra protection during off-road drives.
While the AT4 takes a more rugged approach, the Canyon Denali heads in an upscale direction. The Denali sub-brand is applied to the most luxurious versions of GMC’s vehicles. This year, the Canyon Denali gets a new look with an enhanced version of the Denali grille that features a more sculpted and layered pattern.
The Canyon Denali also has 5-inch chrome assist steps, chrome accents, and 20-inch Diamond Cut aluminum wheels that are exclusive to the Denali. The goal was to modernize the design and bring it in line with the new GMC Sierra and Sierra HD trucks.
The inside also features special finishes with open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum accents, unique stitching, and a new Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere color theme. Standard on the Denali are heated and ventilated front seats along with a heated steering wheel.
Power for both the AT4 and Denali comes from a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 308 horsepower. There’s also an available 2.8-liter diesel that offers an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque.
The 2021 GMC Canyon will be available later this year with pricing released closer to production.