Hint: off-road enthusiasts will be happy.
GMC is experiencing great success with its new AT4 sub-brand, which was introduced at the 2018 New York Auto Show on the 2019 Sierra 1500. AT4 is marketed as a semi-luxurious off-road sub-brand and has since expanded to other models such as the Acadia SUV but it has yet to be added to the company's mid-size truck, the Canyon. GMC's sister brand, Chevrolet, already offers two off-road variants of its mid-size Colorado pickup truck called the ZR2 and ZR2 Bison.
At a launch event for the Sierra 1500 diesel and Sierra HD in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, GM Authority noticed a teaser for journalists showing a prototype version of the Canyon AT4, which should arrive as a 2021 model.
GMC cleverly showed off the prototype using the trailer camera view on the Sierra HD, which allows drivers to view what is in their closed trailer on the infotainment screen. The prototype was heavily camouflaged and kept inside the enclosed trailer, so it is still unknown how much the AT4 will differ visually from a standard Canyon. The inside of the trailer had text on the walls which read, "The first ever Canyon AT4 coming early 2020."
GMC currently sells an All Terrain version of the Canyon, which will likely be replaced by this upcoming AT4 model. Much like its corporate sibling, the Colorado ZR2, we expect the Canyon AT4 to offer a higher ride height, upgraded suspension, skid-plates, and a more rugged appearance.
Under the hood, we expect to see the same 3.6-liter V6 producing 308 horsepower or an optional 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder producing 186 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Along with the new AT4 trim, the Canyon lineup is expected to receive a few other updates including a new grille and several other small changes. This will hopefully make the Canyon more competitive with new mid-size offerings like the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator.