GMC Canyon scales to new heights with new AT4 and revised Denali

Premium GMC Canyon AT4 borrows trim designation from larger Sierra pickup

Published: January 12, 2020, 2:00 PM
Updated: November 17, 2021, 3:44 PM

2021 GMC Canyon AT4

GMC Canyon owners will be able to go off-roading in style in 2021, thanks to the creation of an AT4 version of the mid-sized pickup.

Aimed at buyers of the smaller pickup who none the less want a bit of flair with their utility, the premium 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 borrows its trim designation from the larger Sierra, bringing the same level of impressive design and style, inside and out.

“The new 2021 Canyon AT4 broadens the appeal to midsize truck customers who live an active lifestyle,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “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 exterior is bolder, with darkened chrome finishes, a new larger grille and red recovery hooks. Inside, there is unique Kalahari stitching on leather surfaces, and AT4 embroidered on the headrests.

Capabilities have also been enhanced, with 17-inch wheels wearing 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, off-road tuned suspension, hill-descent control, 4WD with an Eaton G80 rear automatic-locking differential, and a transfer-case skid plate.

“This is a truck created with outdoor adventurers in mind,” said 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.”

Elsewhere in the line, the Denali has also been enhanced, with a new design grille, 5-inch chrome side steps and 20-inch Diamond Cut aluminum wheels. Inside, there is authentic open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum trimmings and unique stitching, all in a new Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere theme.

“Denali represents GMC’s bold design philosophy and these changes further elevate the Canyon from the mainstream competition, while delivering a modern look for the customer,” said Holt Ware, director of GMC exterior design. “It features a more distinctive and sophisticated design that has become synonymous with Denali.”

Both versions are powered by the 3.6-litre V-6, with best in class 308 hp, with a 2.8-litre diesel 4-cylinder also available. The trucks will be available later in the year., at which time pricing and equipment levels will be finalized.