In 2003 General Motors introduced a new line of pickup truck which would be marketed in 2004 under both the Chevrolet and GMC brand names. The following year, as promised, the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon were both released to the public for sale, replacing the Chevy S10 and GMC S15 Sonoma. Since their release, both vehicles have proven quite popular with consumers, selling well and continuing to do so to date. For the 2021 sales year, however, GM is releasing the new GMC Canyon AT4, which will compete with the Chevy Colorado Z71 and ZR2, the Jeep Gladiator, and the Toyota Tacoma TRD. While this is good enough news for many GMC pickup fans, there are many more points about this new variation that will make their smiles even wider.
So, what are these points? Well, that’s what we intend to cover for you in today’s ’10 Things’ list. With the model being a new variation, there are some conversions and additions that are not only surprising, they’re very cool, as well. We have put the following information together so that you’ll not only be informed, but you’ll be tempted too…tempted to get up, get out, and give the new Canyon AT4 a test drive, at the very least. Settle in and get comfortable, because you are about to read up on some interesting new things that GMC is proud of when it comes to their Canyon. If you complete the following without wishing you were the owner of the 2021 Canyon AT4, we’ll be very surprised. Read on…
Here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4:
1. Variant Differences
The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 is actually a variant of the actual Canyon, and in many ways it is considered a vast improvement. Features which make the AT4 stand out from its predecessor include 31” Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires mounted on 17’ wheels, an off-road suspension system, a hill-descent system, and a four-wheel-drive system which features a rear automatic locking differential. All of these variations combined make for an excellent off-road vehicle that provides an incredible level of stability and safety for drivers and passengers alike.
2. The Latest of Many To Come
While the 2021 Canyon AT4 is the latest released with the above listed variations, but the 2019 Sierra was the first. GMC promised that they would be releasing an AT4 version of every model in the GMC lineup within four years, but of course, those days are yet to come. For now, the Canyon is only the second model to be released with the listed variations, but it is a model that shows much promise when it comes to GMC fulfilling the prediction they have made.
3. Technological Extras
The 2021 Canyon AT4 comes with some modern tech extras that will make your driving experience both cool and convenient. First, there’s wireless charging for your smartphone; no more fumbling around in the console or glove compartment for your charger, and then fumbling to plug it in. Next, the premium GMC Infotainment System comes with apps that can be downloaded for your use, like The Weather Channel and more. Another great tech feature is that the Canyon AT4 is compatible with Apple CarPlay, so your Apple device will be able to readily communicate with your vehicle. Finally, ‘Waze’ is available as well, which is awesome GPS navigational software that is made and distributed by Google. Waze will pretty much revolutionize the way you use GPS to get where you’re going, so you’ll look forward to being on the road, or ‘off-road’, more than ever before.
4. Interior Designs
Some other things future AT4 owners have to look forward to include some pretty incredible aesthetics on the inside of the ride. You have heated front seats to look forward to, and an optional heated steering wheel is available as well. Also available when it comes to the seats is front seating that is not only leather-appointed, but has Kalahari accenting to boot. The Bose Premium Audio System is an option that is hard to pass up for any true lover of amazing sounds, so keep that in mind. Also, you have your choice of interior colors, including:
- Cocoa/Dune and
- Jet Black
The inside of your new GMC truck will not only look top-of-the-line, it will BE top-of-the-line.
5. The AT4 Trim Level’s Performance
Let’s take a look at what comes under the hood of this off-road wonder. The 2021 Canyon AT4 will come standard with 3.6 liter V6 engine that has 308 horses under the hood and goes from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.3 seconds. There is also 2.8 liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine option that gives 181 hp, so you can look forward to power no matter which way you decide to go. Both are excellent when it comes to the off-road driving that this vehicle has been manufactured to handle.
6. More About That Hot Body…
Not only does this particular model have a great looking exterior, it also comes with five available body color options so that you have the vehicle that fits your personality and style. Choose from the following:
- Cayenne Red Tintcoat
- Onyx Black
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Desert Sand Metallic
- Summit White
- Cardinal Red
- Quicksilver Metallic
- Marine Blue Metallic
- Red Quartz Tintcoat
- Carbon Black Metallic
- Smokey Quartz Metallic
- Blue Emerald Metallic
Other exterior traits of this Canyon variant include a larger grille and contrasting recovery hooks in red. No matter what outer options you decide on for your new Canyon, you’ll be driving a vehicle with a look that is both tough and confident.
7. Fuel Economy
Here’s the good news. You don’t have to stress yourself out over whether or not you’re going to get enough gas mileage if you choose the AT4 at all. The V6 gasoline version is more than generous, providing 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. For those of you who prefer the 4-cylinder turbodiesel version, 20/30 city/highway can be counted on also. It doesn’t get much better than that.
8. Available Body Styles
Now, let’s discuss what type of body choices are available. The 2021 Canyon AT4 variant offers two body styles to meet the desires of just about any owner out there. First, the crew cab version, followed by the extended cab version; there will also be a short-bed configuration available. So many options to choose from, and fortunately, plenty of time to decide.
9. Any Let-Downs?
From the research we’ve done, there are very little complaints in the reviews that are out there thus far. The biggest seems to be in the fact that people seemed to expect the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 to be a fancy version of the Chevy Colorado ZR2, however, it seems that the truck actually is going to be more like the Z71 version of the Colorado. They do state that this isn’t a bad thing…just a let-down for those who raised their mental expectations and hopes a bit too high. Otherwise, the Canyon AT4 of next year is likely going to be a popular truck among consumers.
10. Production and MSRP
The new Canyon AT4 is expected to go into production later on this year, so for those who are considering a purchase, you have plenty of time to think about what you want when it comes to options and extras. As for cost, the Canyon AT4 will start at $36,600 for the base variant model. It seems that this is a truck that is not only bold and capable, but affordable as well.
By most accounts, the AT4 variant is a GMC Canyon model that consumers are looking forward to, which, according to some, is surprising. According to some sources the Canyon has not been the biggest seller on the market in previous years. By the looks of things, though, the AT4 may play a part in changing that. Since it will be going on sale by the end of this year, we will all soon find out, but in the meantime, we can give well wishes to GMC, and we look forward to discovering how this model will do on the market. So, shoppers, make your considerations carefully, and until then, drive safely and enjoy the ride.