The 2023 GMC Canyon is fully redesigned inside and out.
New AT4X trim gets exclusive off-road-ready components.
One engine choice across all trim levels.
The 2023 GMC Canyon has just been fully revealed, and this third generation of the midsize pickup gets new styling, plenty of new technology, additional comfort and convenience features as well as a new AT4X trim level.
It rides on a heavily revised variant of the current-gen Canyon’s platform, but the wheelbase has been increased slightly by moving the front wheels forward, while front and rear track are both slightly larger. By doing so, GM improved the vehicle’s stance, driving dynamics and approach angle. Only the Crew Cab Short Bed configuration remains, simplifying the production process at GM’s assembly plant in Missouri, which will also build the new Canyon’s corporate cousin, the 2023 Chevy Colorado. Both pickups will ditch their Extended Cab and Crew Cab Long Bed body styles, but there’s a new tailgate-integrated storage bin for carrying tools or other objects.
The 2023 GMC Canyon will once again compete against the Colorado, but also the Honda Ridgeline, the Ford Ranger, the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier. It will do so with four trim levels, including base Elevation, AT4, AT4X and Denali. The AT4X is new, bringing more off-road ready components to the truck, such as trick Multimatic DSSV shock absorbers, 33-inch mud-terrain tires, front and rear lockers and underbody skid plates. There’s also a Baja drive mode which the other Canyon variants do not get. The AT4X has the highest ride height of the lineup with a three-inch lift, boasting 10.7 inches or 272 millimetres of ground clearance and an approach angle of 36.9 degrees.
The Canyon AT4X will be available with a limited-run Edition 1 package that rounds up front and rear underbody cameras, an off-road bumper with a safari bar, a front 30-inch grille-mounted light bar, a winch, 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, a bed rail system, a performance front skid plate and an Edition 1 tailgate badge.
The Elevation, AT4 and Denali trims all get a two-inch lift kit straight from the factory, so every 2023 GMC Canyon will be more off-road capable with 9.6-inch or 244-mm ground clearance. The front and rear electronic locking differentials that are standard on the AT4X will be available on other variants.
All trim levels get the same engine, a turbocharged 2.7L inline-four that develops 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, managed by a new eight-speed automatic transmission. 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains are offered on the Elevation in the U.S., but Canada gets 4WD only, while AT4, ATX4 and Denali include 4WD as standard. Meanwhile, the 2023 Colorado will offer three different tunes of the 2.7L mill, but the Canyon only gets the most muscular, high-output version of the engine. Towing capacity wasn’t announced, but should be the same as the Colorado’s as 7,700 pounds or 3,493 kg. The outgoing Canyon’s 2.5L inline-four, 3.6L V6 and 2.8L turbo-diesel I4 have all been ditched, and the new 2.7L engine should boast similar fuel economy numbers as the old base 2.5L unit, according to GM.
Inside the 2023 GMC Canyon, we find a much more modern cabin than before, with an all-new design incorporating an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen in Elevation and AT4, and an 11-inch screen in AT4X and Denali. A 6.3-inch head-up display system is available, as is a Bose seven-speaker sound system, a fully digital driver instrument panel, a power sunroof as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are four drive mode settings for the Elevation, AT4 and Denali trims, including Normal, Tow/Haul, Off-Road and Terrain. The Denali variant is once again the most luxurious of the bunch, serving up more refined leather seating and laser-etched wood accenting, while the AT4X gets a two-tone colour scheme with striking black and white seats adorned with red accents and red seat belts.
The standard active safety feature list includes autonomous emergency braking, front pedestrian braking and cyclist detection, automatic high beams, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, while blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and GM’s Safety Alert Seat are all available as well.
Pricing hasn’t yet been announced yet for Canada, but in the U.S. the 2023 Canyon will start at about $40,000 before the destination freight charge. Reservations for the limited-run AT4X Edition 1 are now open, which will start at $63,350 before DFC in the United States. Production of the all-new 2023 GMC Canyon will start in early 2023, while the AT4X will start to be built next spring.