Following the redesign of the light- and heavy-duty, full-size trucks, GMC switched attention to the growing mid-size segment and the Canyon comes with a handful of upgrades for the 2021 model year. GM’s luxury, mid-size truck as well as the mechanical twin Colorado have been around with no significant upgrades since the introduction of the current generation for the 2015 season. With the Ford Ranger again in the game, GM had to react fast and new upgrades should keep the focus on the model until the approaching redesign.
The 2021 GMC Canyon won’t change the engine offer but the model finally gets the AT4 treatment. The new AT4 trim replaces so far available All Terrain version but there should also be more changes in the model’s trim structure for the next model year. The current version trim order SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali should be replaced with Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4 and Denali. The high-price Denali trim gets also a number of modifications for the new model year.
2021 GMC Canyon: Design
The 2021 GMC Canyon comes with the changes in the trims nomenclature but there will be the visual upgrades as well. The new AT4 trim gets specific visual and off-road upgrades while the top-tier Denali version sports also some exterior modifications. GMC hasn’t revealed yet what would be with other versions but they should also get similar upgrades.
The new, off-road-ready AT4 version comes on the specific 17-inch wheels wrapped with the 31-inch Wrangler DuraTrac tires and lifted suspension. Visual impressions will also leave larger dark-theme grille, skid plate, red tow hooks and specific badges.
The Denali version comes also with altered styling consisting of the new grille style similar to what we can see on the brand’s larger trucks. The Canyon Denali will also get attention with the 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome assist steps and plenty of shiny trim inserts.
The cabin of the next Canyon should also host a number of changes but there are no precise details yet.
The Denali version should get even nicer materials accentuated with the open-pore wood, stitching and aluminum inserts. The premium Canyon version should feature heated and ventilated front seats and the heated steering wheel by default.
The new AT4 version will also have a specific interior with unique Kalahari stitching and AT4 logo on the headrests.
The model should gain upgraded safety gear with automatic emergency braking joining already available forward collision and lane departure braking. This isn’t yet confirmed by GMC.
2021 GMC Canyon: Performance
The 2021 GMC Canyon brings finally the AT4 off-road features. Complementing the new model’s specific appearance are off-road goodies that make it feel at home beyond the paved roads. The new Canyon version comes with the off-road-tuned suspension, four-wheel drive with rear locking differential, knobby tires and enhanced underbody protection. The model has one skid plate upfront and one protecting the transfer case.
The power comes again from the familiar engines. A 3, 6-liter V-6 making 308 hp and torque of 275 lb-ft should return with the 8-speed automatic transmission. A pricy option remains a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine with 181 hp and 396 lb-ft of torque at disposal. A base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 200 hp and 191 lb-ft is not confirmed yet for the return.
The current CMC Canyon can tow up to 7, 000 pounds with the V-6 engine under the hood. A Duramax diesel-powered Canyon lifts the towing limit at 7, 700 pounds.
As for the fuel economy, it should also stay at the current levels considering unchanged mechanics. The V-6 powered Canyon should manage up to 18 mpg city and 25 highways. Paying more for the turbodiesel engine will bring benefits at the pump with the EPA ratings 20 mpg city and 30 highways with the rear-wheel drive and 19/28 mpg city-highway with the four-wheel drive.
2021 GMC Canyon: Release, Price
More details about changes in other versions and prices will appear closer to the release date later this year. The 2021 GMC Canyon should come with a slightly upgraded price. The current, base version is available from $22, 000. The new AT4 should cost slightly more than the current All Terrain model that starts at $36, 000.