Here it is, the all-new 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X. This is the first time GMC has had an AT4X version of the Canyon and it comes atop a new generation of GM's midsize truck platform.
I'm incredibly excited to get to know this thing. The outgoing model, old as it is, is still the best all-around midsize pickup (imo), so I'm expecting big things from a clean-sheet design.
Here's the official announcement from GM:
Introducing the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X - The Most Advanced Off-Road Midsize Truck
Launch includes the next-generation Canyon lineup, where capability comes standard
Oshawa, Ont. (August 11, 2022) – The official vehicle of nowhere is here: the 2023 GMC Canyon mid-size truck. Boasting a fully redesigned exterior with a standard factory-lift and widened track across the lineup, a new premium suite of advanced technology and an all-new interior design, the next-generation Canyon is built from the ground up to conquer virtually any terrain.
The 2023 model year Canyon introduces the first-ever Canyon AT4X option to its lineup. Building on the success of AT4, the AT4X is the ultimate expression of GMC’s commitment to delivering serious off-road capability. First introduced on the 2022 Sierra, the AT4X trim has quickly become synonymous with robust off-road credibility.
“GMC is flexing the might of our off-road muscle,” said GMC Canada Brand Director, James Hodge. “Canyon AT4X benefits from key learnings gained from our AT4 strategy to bring customers the most advanced off-road midsize truck.”
The 2023 GMC Canyon will be the first mid-size truck on the market to offer a suite of segment-first key features including:
- Available underbody cameras1, including front- and rear-facing views underneath the vehicle
- Available Head-Up Display
- Fully digital driver information centre
- Wireless Apple CarPlay2 and Android Auto3 compatibility
- Available Google Built-in4 (Google Automotive Services)
Canyon AT4X is purposefully engineered to be a premium, no-compromises, off-road midsize truck. With a higher factory lift than every other Canyon trim, Canyon AT4X offers serious off-road equipment and advanced technology for enhanced capability and convenience — no matter the destination.
Inspired by the Canyon AT4 concept first introduced in 2021, the Canyon AT4X boasts a factory lifted, ultra-wide track to elevate the off-road performance and capability. Canyon AT4X comes standard with 33-inch MT tires, Multimatic DSSV shocks, front and rear lockers, underbody skid plates and the AT4X-exclusive Baja drive mode.
The Canyon AT4X’s factory-lift enables 10.7 inches of ground clearance standard and a 36.9-degree approach angle.
Within its interior, the Canyon AT4X features exclusive Obsidian Rush interior with Ceramic White accents, customizable 11.3-inch diagonal touchscreen infotainment system and an 11-inch diagonal fully digital instrument cluster. In addition, the AT4X includes a GMC-exclusive Head-Up Display and Bose® seven-speaker audio entertainment system. The Canyon AT4X will also be the only trim to offer the available Edition 1* package which includes:
- Front and Rear Facing Underbody Cameras1 with Wash Function
- Off-Road Front Bumper with Safari Bar
- Front 30-inch Off-Road Grille Light Bar
- Winch by COMEUP
- 17-inch Beadlock Capable wheels
- Re-configurable Bed Rail System
- Performance Front Skid Plate
- Unique Edition 1 Tailgate Badge
Serious Off-Road Equipment
The 2023 Canyon and Canyon AT4X were engineered to offer customers a premium off-road experience. The next-generation Canyon is equipped with key features across its trim lineup that provide customers with optimized performance and rugged off-road capability to take you virtually anywhere. This includes:
- Factory Lift and Ultra-Wide Track: Canyon comes standard with an off-road suspension package featuring an ultra-wide track and 2-inch factory lift for Elevation, AT4 and Denali trims and a standard 3-inch factory lift on AT4X. The lifted, high and wide chassis offers a standard 9.6 inches of ground clearance (10.7-inch ground clearance available on AT4X trim) for improved approach, departure, breakover angles.
- Multimatic DSSV Shocks: The latest Multimatic DSSV shocks (standard on AT4X only) offer robust performance by offering control and comfort on-road, and robust performance for extended off-road adventures.
- Off-Road Optimized 2.7L turbo engine: Standard across all trims, the high-torque, off-road optimized 2.7L turbo engine provides 430 lb-ft torque (GM estimate).
- Enhanced Front and Rear Electronic Locking Differentials for Optimized Traction: Standard on the Canyon AT4X trim, the 2023 Canyon’s available front and rear e-lockers allow drivers to engage the front or rear axles to lock both wheels at the same speed.
- Off-Road Performance Display: Accessible through the centre screen instrument cluster, 2023 Canyon drivers can access and monitor real time metrics of their off-road trek including G-force, Altimeter and pitch and roll stats.
- All-New Drive Modes: 2023 Canyon features the introduction of all-new drive modes, crafted to provide customers with a robust drive experience:
- Baja Mode (exclusive to AT4X): for high-speed off-roading
- Terrain Mode: for low-speed precision off-roading and rock crawling
- Off-road Mode: for general off-road dynamics
- Normal Mode: for balanced every day on road driving
- Tow/haul Mode: for optimized hauling heavy loads and towing
- Standard 32-inch large off-road tires (33-inch MT tires on AT4X)
- Front axle moved forward for improved proportions and more planted, level stance
The 2023 GMC Canyon marries its off-road prowess with a premium technology suite to offer customers an advanced off-road experience. Canyon’s technology-focused cockpit features a more dynamic, high-resolution infotainment screen and driver information centre.
This next generation gives the driver ample control with its advanced technology cockpit, powered by a new electrical architecture. Through this updated system, drivers can experience Canyon’s available 10 camera view system1 – more camera views than any other competitor in its class – including HD Surround Vision and waterproof underbody cameras with camera washing system. The Canyon’s advanced cockpit also includes the Off-road performance display, which allows drivers to track real-time, off-road performance data on the centre screen.
In addition to these features, the 2023 Canyon also includes a variety of other enhancements including:
- Best-in-class, 11-inch diagonal fully digital instrument cluster on the Denali and AT4X trims (8-inch diagonal on the Elevation and AT4).
- Class-exclusive 6.3-inch diagonal Head-Up Display to provide the driver with key information like navigation, safety alerts, speed, audio and more (unavailable on Elevation).
- Android Auto3 and Apple CarPlay2 wireless phone projection capability.
- Bose seven-speaker audio system on AT4X and Denali trims (optional on AT4).
- Canyon Pro Safety Package1 – Standard
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Front Pedestrian Braking with Bicyclist Detection
- IntelliBeam auto high beams
- Following Distance Indicator
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Alert
- Available Canyon Safety Plus Package1
- Rear Cross Traffic Braking
- Blind Zone Steering Assist
- Available Technology package1
- Rear Pedestrian Alert
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- HD Surround Vision
- Standard Denali/AT4X
- Safety Alert Seat1
Elevated Exterior and Interior Design
The 2023 GMC Canyon features an all-new look, emphasized by its bold stance, aggressive exterior styling and elevated interior.
Each 2023 Canyon trim sits higher and wider than its previous generation, providing improved approach, departure and breakover angles. For this new generation of Canyon, the front air dam was removed for elevated approach angle while the front axle was moved forward for improved proportions and a more planted, level stance. A simplified short bed, crew cab configuration comes standard across the 2023 Canyon lineup.
The 2023 Canyon’s exterior is pronounced by its high clearance, trimmed corners and the all-new integration of sheet metal for a completely unique look. The front fascia features full LED exterior lighting, relocated fog lights (standard on Denali, AT4, AT4X and available on Elevation), and daytime running lights. The 2023 model year also introduces an available sunroof — a first for the midsize truck.
Under the vehicle, the Canyon AT4X includes a large front heavy-duty AT4X skid plate, a transfer case shield and rocker protectors to tackle the most rugged terrains. The 2023 Canyon also introduces a water-tight tailgate storage system for increased bed functionality (standard on Denali, AT4, AT4X and available on Elevation).On its interior, the 2023 Canyon delivers premium appointments and intentional design executions to evoke premium craftmanship and precision. Across the lineup, no one interior is the same. Each Canyon trim is designed with its own unique identity. The Canyon Denali trim is outfitted with laser etched wood décor and leather appointments, while Canyon AT4X’s interior boasts the signature, trim-exclusive, Ceramic White and Obsidian Rush.
The 2023 Canyon is set to begin initial production in early 2023 with AT4X in spring 2023.