GMC Teases Rugged New Canyon Before Imminent Reveal

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The Chevy Colorado's GMC twin is coming this month.

We knew it wouldn't be long after the debut of the new Chevy Colorado that there would be more information about its twin, the GMC Canyon. The trucks are, after all, nearly identical aside from their exterior styling. And just as the Colorado debuted with an off-road ready ZR2 trim, the Canyon will (for the first time) debut with a new off-road ready AT4X trim.

GMC announced that the new midsize truck will debut on August 11 at 11 am ET. The truck you see here will be on offer at launch, which GMC somewhat awkwardly calls the AT4X with Edition 1 package.


We'll have to wait until the truck's debut for any concrete details, but for now, GMC has said that the AT4X Edition 1 will have a higher, wider stance thanks to a factory lift. We also see some off-road tires and some specific touches that likely won't make it to a base model Canyon, such as the bull bar, tow hooks, and the off-road tires.

If the Canyon is anything like the Colorado (and it will), it will get some fantastic upgrades to make it more capable on the trails. For example, we bet this truck will get the Multimatic shocks found in the new Colorado. The new Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds thanks to a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing up to 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque, so we expect the Canyon to match these numbers.

Frankly, given the Canyon's upmarket positioning when contrasted with the Colorado, we expect a similar yet slightly more upscale interior, making use of the Colorado's massively revised and improved infotainment system, as well as some off-road tech like hill descent control. GMC appears pretty stoked about the new off-road trim, saying the truck will be "offering premium and advanced off-road capability." Previous AT4 trims of models, like the Yukon, have proven popular enough for GMC to turn this trim into a sub-brand.

As for the truck itself, we have sparse information. GMC has not announced pricing, saying only that the AT4X Edition 1 will be available for customer reservations when the truck launches. It also said that availability will be announced later.

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