Friday, November 22, 2019

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Teased

Aiming at spreading the AT4 trim to the totality of the lineup, GMC had a little surprise for us during a Sierra HD launch event in Wyoming last week.

Showcasing its in-trailer camera system, representatives from GMC took us on board a brand new 2020 Chevrolet 2500 HD AT4 to take a look at the surveillance device and how it projected on the infotainment screen.

To our surprise, the vehicle sitting in the trailer was nothing less than a camouflaged prototype of the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4. On each side of the vehicle, hung on the trailer walls, the words “The first ever Canyon AT4” and “Coming early 2020” could be visible.

With upgrades like a locking rear differential, a two-inch lift and Rancho monotube shock absorbers, skid plating and a bunch of blacked-out cosmetic accents, the GMS Sierra AT4 looks pretty good. On the Acadia, it’s mostly cosmetic stuff, where the chrome grille and wheels have been traded for black and matching colour.

What comes to mind immediately is the Colorado ZR2, and if the newcomer will cannibalize its sales. The answer no. The Colorado ZR2 is a hard-core off-roader while the Canyon AT4 will probably much less aggressive mechanically while sporting subtle, rugged and darkened accents to follow the trim’s philosophy.

Nevertheless, the days of loading tons of chrome on all trims of a pick-up truck to make it appealing are probably coming to an end, and we can’t wait to see what GMC has in store for that specific variant.

Also, stand by for our full GMC Sierra HD review, which will be online early next week!

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Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé has been contributing at MotorIllustrated.com for over a year, and for the NetMedia360 network for nearly three years now. His passion for everything automotive comes from a career as a mechanic, but also from the family vehicle collection that includes a 996 Porsche Turbo and a 2004 Ford GT. We've been bugging him to drive the GT, but he hasn't responded. Send L-P an email

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