First Look At The 2021 GMC Canyon Denali

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It's the flashiest Canyon you can get.

GMC is set to launch the significantly refreshed Canyon later this year, its midsize truck that competes with the Ford Ranger. We've already seen what the off-road-focused AT4 trim will look like, and now, GMC has released the first few pictures of the range-topping Denali. Unlike the rugged AT4, the more luxury-focused Denali features open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum trim accents, and more ritzy exterior design elements like chrome assist steps and 20-inch Diamond Cut aluminum wheels.

Below, we can see the changes between the upcoming new Denali (grey) and the outgoing Denali (red). The new chrome grille is not only larger than before but has a more complex shape, whereas the current version makes do with a squarer design.

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The front LED fog lamps also have a new shape, with a vertical design in place of the current model's circular lights. Overall, although the newer model is fussier, it definitely does make for a more modern look. There is also a clear difference between the new Denali and the AT4, with the latter having a less blingy grille design and black, instead of chrome, wing mirror caps.

According to Holt Ware, the director of GMC exterior design, the Canyon Denali stands out amongst other midsize trucks. "Denali represents GMC's bold design philosophy and these changes further elevate the Canyon from the mainstream competition," he said. "It features a more distinctive and sophisticated design that has become synonymous with Denali."

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In the cabin, the latest Canyon Denali has open-pore ash wood inserts and the availability of a Cocoa/Dark color scheme. Unlike lesser Canyons, it gets both heated and ventilated front seats, along with a heated steering wheel. We'll have to wait a bit longer to see what the interior feels like in the flesh, but the changes here don't appear to be too radical.

Like the AT4, the Denali will be powered by a 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or a 2.8-liter diesel which will offer a healthy 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 GMC Canyon is slated to arrive later this year and will be built at GM's assembly center in Wentzville, Missouri.

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