GMC is a century-old automaker, making trucks and SUVs exclusively for the American market. The Canyon is the mid-size pickup from GMC, that has been going up against Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and the Jeep Gladiator and failing! The 2021 updates are trying to conquer the market from its competitors, and there is a fair chance for it to do so.
GMC is revamping and shaking things up for its line up in 2021, which includes the entire Canyon range. GMC has decided to ditch one of Canyon’s Trim and renaming existing ones as well as introducing a first-ever Canyon AT4 aimed at premium midsize truck customers. The new Canyon AT4 is looking to introduce some much needed off-road capabilities. The 2021 canyon is also getting a makeover in the form of a new restyled grille and other subtle changes.
2021 GMC Canyon trim structure replaces several of the available trims and even deletes one outright, moving away from the traditional naming with SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali - previous GMC trims. The new trims are Elevation Standard for Canyon SL, Elevation for SLE Trim, and the All-Terrain Trim is replaced by the AT4. Meanwhile, the SLT is not getting a replacement.
The addition of the new off-road-oriented AT4 trim to replace the All-Terrain model is the highlight of the 2021 line up. Duncan Aldred - Vice President of Global Buick and GMC- said, “The new 2021 Canyon AT4 broadens the appeal to midsize truck customers who live an active lifestyle, Much like the Sierra AT4 has attracted new customers from outside GMC, the Canyon AT4 will attract outdoor enthusiasts looking for a premium midsize truck to GMC with the capability, technology, and refinement they’ve come to expect.”
The new Canyon AT4 offers a premium off-road capability to the Canyon family. The interior also features premium detailing like the unique Kalahari stitching and AT4 headrest embroidery, which gives the interior a plush feeling. The AT4 gets Off-road tuned suspension, Advanced Hill Descent Control System, Four-wheel drive system with Eaton G80 Rear Automatic Locking Differential, and Transfer case skid plate providing additional protection when traveling through the rocky paths.
GMC is introducing the Canyon AT4 to compete with off-road-oriented rivals like the Toyota Tacoma TRD variants and its cousin the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 and ZR2, not to mention the Jeep Gladiator. The new Canyon AT4 will be available later this year. Unfortunately, pricing information will only be announced closer to its on-sale date. For reference, however, the current GMC Canyon All Terrain model starts at $36,600.
The Denali lineup is also getting reworked for 2021. Denali grille is getting an enhancement with a more sculpted and layered pattern. It also comes with the Denali signature chrome accents, 5-inch chrome assist steps, and Denali-exclusive 20-inch Diamond-cut aluminum wheels. The new Canyon Denali is refashioned with a new look, similar to the new Sierra and Sierra HD trucks. The Interior refinements include authentic open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum decor, and unique stitching. A new Cocoa or Dark Atmosphere color theme and standard heated and ventilated front seats with a heated steering wheel that increases driver comfort. Unfortunately, the images of the new Canyon Denali are not Available.
The 2021 Canyon AT4 and the Denali are powered by a best-in-class 308 horsepower 3.6L V6 engine. Additional power comes from an available 2.8L Diesel engine, offering 369 lb-ft of torque. All in all, 2021 is looking to be a great year for the GMC Canyon Lineup.