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2023 GMC Canyon, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

Aug 14, 2022
2023 GMC Canyon, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

2023 GMC Canyon, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

 

All-New 2023 GMC Canyon Goes All-Out With Powerful Engine, Wide Stance, Wild AT4X

The redesigned midsize truck tries hard to differentiate itself from the Chevy Colorado.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X 1

The internet has been abuzz since Chevy introduced the all-new 2023 Colorado just a few short weeks ago. With that pickup joining a new Ford Ranger (and likely a new Toyota Tacoma) next year, the midsize segment is heating up. And surprise, surprise, with a new Colorado in the offing, it was only going to be a matter of time before GMC’s turn came to pull back the sheets that pickup’s mechanically related, brother-from-another-mother: The 2023 GMC Canyon.

Billed by GMC as the “official vehicle of nowhere,” though it is definitely a machine that at any given time will be somewhere, the 2023 Canyon boasts a fully redesigned exterior with a lineup-wide taller stance and widened track than its Chevy counterpart.

Like the Colorado, the GMC Canyon has been reimagined from the ground up with a greater focus on off-road capability and style. The 2023 Canyon also features a new premium suite of advanced technology, an all-new interior design, a new powertrain, and a new top-tier AT4X trim. Simply put… this should be the most advanced and capable Canyon ever.

It also is much more differentiated from the Colorado than before, both visually and pricewise. GMC has adopted an even wilder take on the newest Sierra’s squinty-eyed, beefy-grille look here, weaving body-color sections throughout the nose to break up the forward lighting and give it a technical, aggressive mein.

Compared to the relatively tamely styled Canyon of yore, the 2023 model is altogether hunkier, with deeply chamfered body creases above blistered fenders to go with a more aggro suspension setup. It’s a good thing there’s so much outward separation between the GMC and its Chevy sibling, too, because the Canyon now starts at about $40,000.

2023 GMC Canyon lineup

Lifted Suspension And Wide Stance… For Everyone

In a bold move for GM’s more upscale truck brand, GMC has decided that all 2023 Canyon models will ride on same lifted, wide stance, suspension that’s available only on the off-road-focused versions of the Colorado. GMC says that the Elevation, AT4, and Denali models will receive a 2.0-inch suspension lift while the AT4X will ride on a 3.0-inch lift.

With no “base” model Canyon to directly compare to, these figures are in reference to the 78.8-inch maximum height of the entry-level 2023 Colorado Work Truck (WT); on the Colorado, only the Trail Boss (2.0-inch lift) and ZR2 (3.0-inch lift) lineup with those suspension heights. Elevation and AT4 check in at 79.8 inches tall while Denali lands at 80.4 inches and AT4/AT4X hit at 81.7 inches tall.

The same rings true for the Canyon’s track width. All Canyon models will arrive with a track width of about 66 inches front and rear, with the only variation being due to wheel offset. By comparison, the 2023 Colorado WT, LT, and Z71 will all arrive with a 3.0-inch-narrower 62.8-inch track width; only the Colorado Trail Boss and ZR2 off-road models carry the wider tracks. Generally speaking, we approve of the high and wide approach, however, we find it a touch peculiar that the luxurious, ostensibly street-truck focused Denali trim has followed this same path… but we digress.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4 9

Extended Cab, Long Bed And Base Model Are Dead

First went the manual crank windows. Then it was our beloved third pedal and standard cabs. Now, for 2023, GMC is pulling the rug out from under pickup buyers’ choices by offering the all-new Canyon in pretty much a single cab and bed configuration. You’ll now only be able to purchase a Canyon in four-door crew-cab, short-bed (5-foot 2-inch) configuration. While this eliminates both the stubbier extended cab and long-bed (6-foot 2-inch) options from the order sheet, it aims to simplify the production process for GMC by focusing on the models most buyers want.

That same process of elimination ensnared the Canyon’s least-expensive trim level, the Elevation Standard. A little bit of history: When GMC launched the previous generation of Canyon in 2015, that truck was available in three trims: Base, SLE, and SLT, with an All-Terrain package available for SLE. By 2020 the lineup had grown to include SL, Canyon, SLE, All-Terrain, SLT, and Denali. In 2021, the lineup changed again, and this time reduced to just four trims: Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4, and Denali.

At launch, the now Elevation-Standard-less 2023 GMC Canyon will be available in the premium AT4 and Denali trims along with the new AT4X. This move doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that the AT4 and Denali trims currently make up the vast majority of not only Canyon sales but GMC sales as a whole. While not available right at launch, the (non-Standard) midlevel Elevation trim will be returning later in 2023.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4 5

A New Interior With Modern Technology

The 2023 Canyon’s interior comes packed with GM’s latest suite of in-car tech, including a high-resolution 11.0-inch infotainment screen and a fully digital driver information display (11.0 inches on Denali and AT4X, 8.0 inches on Elevation and AT4). These new screens enable the truck to provide drivers with up to 10 different camera views, including HD Surround Vision and waterproof underbody cameras with a washing system. Also available is a class-exclusive 6.3-inch head-up display.

All 2023 Canyon models will come fitted with automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking with cyclist alert, IntelliBeam automatic high beams, following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and forward collision alert. An available Canyon Safety Plus Package adds rear cross traffic braking and blind zone steering assist. The available Technology Package offers rear pedestrian alert, adaptive cruise control, and HD Surround Vision. GMC’s vibrating Safety Alert Seat is standard on Denali and AT4X.

Each of the 2023 GMC Canyon’s four trims will come fitted with a unique interior identity, each an upgrade over the outgoing truck’s inner duds. For example, Denalis get laser-etched wood décor and leather appointments. The flagship, off-road-focused AT4X will arrive with trim-exclusive Ceramic White and Obsidian Rush color treatments, both with vibrant red-colored seat belts. Every Canyon’s dashboard, while clearly related to the newest Colorado, does sport GMC-specific touches, including angular outboard air vents instead of round pieces, plus a different primary dashboard design ahead of the passenger.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X 8

A New Turbocharged 2.7-Liter I-4 Engine

At the height of its popularity, the outgoing GMC Canyon came with the choice of three different engines and transmissions. You could get an entry-level 2.5-liter I-4 with either a six-speed manual or automatic, an optional 2.8-liter Duramax Diesel I-4 with a six-speed automatic, or the standard 3.6-liter V-6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2023, GMC has tossed all of the former powertrains in favor of a turbocharged 2.7-liter I-4 sourced from the larger full-size Sierra 1500 and new second-generation eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you’ve been paying attention to GM-related truck news, you’ll note that the 2023 Chevy Colorado also made the switch to the same 2.7-liter engine. However, in the Chevy, three power levels are available, ranging from 237 hp to 310, and from 259 lb-ft of torque to 430. GMC deploys only the hottest version of the 2.7-liter engine across the Canyon lineup, meaning every 2023 Canyon gets 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque.

This ties the V-6 in Nissan’s Frontier for horsepower and smashes it in torque; GMC (and Chevy) likewise crush all comers in the torque department, out-twisting the 2.3-liter turbo I-4 in Ford’s Ranger (which produces 310 lb-ft) by an astonishing amount. Even the Canyon’s outgoing 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine managed to produce “just” 369 lb-ft.

While fuel economy is still unknown, and likely will be for some time, GMC officials have been quoted as saying that the new 2.7-liter engine is expected to return figures better than the outgoing 2.5-liter engine. While your mileage will certainly vary, the outgoing base engine was rated as high as 26 mpg highway. And with the 2.7-liter-powered GMC Sierra 1500 sporting a highway rating as high as 22 mpg, we don’t think 26 is out of the question.

Where capability is concerned, the new 2.7-liter engine has that covered as well. The 2023 GMC Canyon will have a maximum payload rating of 1,640 pounds in the two-wheel drive Elevation version. Selecting an AT4 drops that to 1,550 pounds while the upscale Denali carries a payload rating of 1,360 pounds.

AT4X chews through its payload with its off-road extras, limiting its hauling capability to 1,250 pounds; the even more kitted-out AT4X Edition 1 Package drops that figure to 1,010 pounds. To put that last figure into perspective, with all five seats filled with some average joes, you’ll be left with just enough payload reserve to toss a cooler in the bed.

Trailer towing prowess remains respectable, with Elevation, AT4, and Denali all carrying a 7,700-pound maximum rating. The top towing spec drops to 6,000 pounds for AT4X models and 5,500 pounds for the heavier AT4X Edition 1 Package.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X 9

Introducing The Rugged AT4X

In really what should come as a surprise to no one, GMC is expanding the popular AT4 trim to include a new, higher-performance AT4X off-road model. Building on the lessons learned from the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the new 2023 Canyon AT4X will feature an impressive slate of off-road hardware, starting with the latest generation of Multimatic’s Dynamic Spool Valve (DSSV) frequency selective dampers. The truck is also equipped with unique cast iron control arms and 17-inch aluminum wheels with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires.

Fun fact, the Canyon AT4X’s tires are a 285/70R17, which measures a touch taller and a full inch wider than the 265/70R18 Wrangler DuraTrac tires that come on the one-size-up 2022 Sierra 1500 AT4X. The Canyon AT4X also comes fitted with front and rear electronically locking differentials, a modified rear axle for increased durability, and 3.42:1 axle gears. Keeping rock rash at bay are aluminum skid plates below the radiator, engine oil pan, and transfercase. The truck also comes fitted with steel rock rails. No, we can’t wait to line this up with Ford’s Ranger Raptor, a Colorado ZR2, and a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and hit the dirt.

Hurry Up, The AT4X Edition 1 Package Is Limited

For those customers looking for the ultimate midsize off-roader with all the bells and whistles, GMC is going to be offering an extremely limited run of 2023 Canyon AT4X First Edition pickups. In addition to all of the gear that comes standard on the new Canyon AT4X, the First Edition adds 17-inch beadlock capable wheels and a unique off-road bumper to the front of the truck complete with an LED light bar.

Most interesting, however is the standard 10,000-pound recovery winch, which comes integrated behind the front bumper. The hardware is being sourced from a relative newcomer to the U.S. market, COMEUP, and is fitted with synthetic rope. The truck will also receive unique First Edition badging.

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Get Your 2023 Canyon Now!

The all-new 2023 GMC Canyon is slated to begin production at GM’s Wentzville assembly plant in the spring of 2023 and will kick off with the AT4X model. Starting today, reservations are open for the exclusive 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 package, which comes with a starting MSRP of $63,350, not including destination and delivery.

The rest of the Canyon lineup will follow, with the Elevation trim starting at $40,000. Though pricing for the 2023 Colorado is forthcoming, forty grand is big money for the midsize truck segment—the GMC’s entry-level MSRP sits in the upper realm of most of its competitors’ price ladders. Again, though, given it only comes in high-output, up-market forms, the sub-AT4X GMCs might end up costing only slightly more than equivalent Colorados.

2023 GMC Canyon Specifications
BASE PRICE $40,000-$63,350
LAYOUT Front engine, 2WD or 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck
ENGINE  2.7L/310-hp/430-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4
TRANSMISSION  8-speed auto
CURB WEIGHT 4,400-5,200 lbs  
WHEELBASE 131.4 in
L x W x H 213.2-217.9 x 84.4 x 79.8-81.7 in
0-60 7.0 – 7.5 (MT est)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON TBD
ON SALE Spring 2023

2023 GMC Canyon Lands With Serious Off-Road Chops and New Tech

GMC’s midsize pickup truck is beefier and packed with more premium trappings.

 

2023 gmc canyon lineup on a dirt road.
The new GMC Canyon lineup is meaner looking.
GMC

GMC has revealed the 2023 GMC Canyon midsize truck, which is a good thing because the outgoing model (along with its Chevrolet Colorado cousin) were the senior citizens in a massively competitive segment. Thankfully, the new Canyon boasts substantial updates focusing on upping design, technology offerings and off-road capability in an effort to push the pickup upmarket.

 

Bigger styling statement

At first glance, some may notice the new Canyon’s more hulking stance. That’s because every 2023 Canyon comes with a factory lift and off-road suspension package. Base Elevation, AT4 and Denali trims get a 2-inch lift, while a 3-inch lift comes with the new AT4X (more on that later).

It wouldn’t be a GMC if it didn’t have a menacing grille to go along with the Canyon’s more imposing stance. A big upright grille with X-wing sides pull eyes outward and help highlight the standard LED lights. There’s also more drama in its hood and sides, with way more creases formed into the sheet metal.

The wider track across the entire Canyon lineup calls for wider fender flares made from steel for certain models instead of plastic add-ons. There is still some plastic for the wheel opening moldings that have an integrated light offering style and function to help drivers know where their fenders are at night when backing into tight spaces. Sometimes it’s the little things.

In another nod to function, the Canyon’s tailgate has a trick up its sleeve in the form of an integrated compartment that’s watertight and comes with a drain so it can be used as a cooler when tailgating before the big game. The tailgate also features a midway-open function, allowing for the transportation of standard sheets of plywood and drywall laid flat, while the bed itself features eight standard tie-down points.

No matter the trim, every 2023 Canyon will come in a Crew Cab and short-box configuration.

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Worthy interior revamp

Let’s face it, the old Canyon’s cabin was not so good, even when new. Happily, the 2023 Canyon’s interior is a giant upgrade. The dashboard is no longer constructed from acres of hard, boring plastic, but features soft touchpoints, eye-catching brightwork and a healthy dose of style. That’s not to say hard plastic has been eliminated from all major areas. The dash topper and upper door panels are still stiff plastic, but they do have a nice finish and graining.

Folks looking to live the high life will want to spring for full-zoot Canyon Denali trim that features higher-grade leather with quilted stitching, real wood trim and additional firewall sound insulation for a quieter ride.

At the center of the Canyon’s cabin is a standard 11.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available built-in Google app capabilities and seven-speaker Bose audio setup. The center screen also features up to 10 available camera angles, including front and rear waterproof underbody cameras and off-road performance display to feed real-time, off-road performance data to drivers. In front of the driver is an 8-inch digital gauge cluster on Elevation and AT4 Canyons, while Denali and AT4X versions get a bigger 11-inch display.

In the driver-assistance department, all 2023 Canyons get automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, front pedestrian braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, auto high-beams and following distance alert. Additional technology goodies like a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, rear pedestrian alert, rear cross-traffic braking and blind-spot monitoring are available. A 6.3-inch head-up display can be had in Denali and AT4X Canyons.

 

The first Canyon AT4X

With AT4 models accounting for more than a third of Canyon sales, it makes a whole lot of sense for GMC to give its customers something that’s more off-road worthy to play in. Enter the AT4X, which borrows heavily from its Chevy Colorado ZR2 relative. In addition to benefiting from the wider track that all Canyons receive, the AT4X gets the 3-inch lift, Multimatic DSSV shock absorbers, cast-iron control arms, 33-inch mud terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch wheels, front and rear e-lockers, underbody skid plates and an exclusive Baja drive mode.

Together, all the AT4X’s off-road improvements along with specific front bumper and elimination of the rear corner bumper steps give the 10.7-inches of ground clearance (standard Canyons have 9.6 inches) along with improved approach, departure and breakover angles.

If the Canyon AT4X sounds like your kind of truck, you’ll be able to order a special Edition 1 package on it that adds the underbody cameras, off-road front bumper with safari bar, a front 30-inch grille light bar, a Comeup winch, beadlock-capable wheels, front skid plate, a reconfigurable bed rail system and a special Edition 1 tailgate badge. According to GMC, the Edition 1 will be an “extremely limited availability” vehicle. When the Edition 1 sells out, features such as the safari bar and winch will be available as dealer accessories, along with a host of other customization items they have cooked up for the new truck.

Like every 2023 Canyon, the AT4X will be powered by a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine churning out an estimated 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 and diesel have been phased out with GMC reasoning that the turbo four provides the horsepower of the old six-cylinder and comparable torque of the diesel. Depending on trim, tow ratings range from 5,500 to 7,700 pounds.

A spring arrival

When the 2023 GMC Canyon hits dealers next spring, it’ll be offered in two- and four-wheel-drive models. GMC says pricing will begin at around $40,000. Customers who are clamoring to get their hands on the limited-production Canyon AT4X Edition 1 can reserve them now at gmc.com, with a starting price tag of $63,350 not including destination.

2023 GMC Canyon Teased Before Aug. 11 Reveal

Expect many of the same improvements found on the 2023 Chevy Colorado, with some unique twists.

2023 GMC Canyon teaser
That’s one beefy midsize truck.
GMC

When it comes to pickup trucks, GM loves some twinning. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups both recently entered new generations, sharing some impressive improvements between the two of ’em. Last week, we got our first look at Chevy’s new Colorado midsize pickup, so it’s no surprise that GMC’s version is not far behind.

GMC on Tuesday teased its next-generation Canyon. The automaker showed off the passenger side of the midsize pickup’s front end — in AT4X trim, specifically, which is GMC’s most off-road-friendly trim to date that also appears on the Sierra. In the teaser, GMC noted that the Canyon is taller and wider than before, with a factory lift meant to improve off-road capability out of the box.

GMC also told us when to expect to see this truck in full. The automaker will pull back the veil on its latest pickup on Aug. 11 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Even if there isn’t a livestream for it, we expect to have full details on this truck ready for your perusal at that time.

Since the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are fraternal twins, we have a good idea of what to expect. When the 2023 Colorado launched, it picked up some handsome new aesthetics that look far more modern than its predecessor. Every Colorado will use a 2.7-liter turbocharged I4, with outputs of either 237 or 310 horsepower, depending on trim. In its most capable form, it enables a 7,700-pound tow rating.

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