The Canyon Denali Was Also Updated For The 2021 Model Year

GMC Canyon AT4
2021 GMC Canyon AT4

GMC will uncover the all-new 2021 Yukon SUV family this week in Colorado. But before that happens, the iconic truck and SUV brand is whetting our appetites with the reveal of a refreshed 2021 GMC Canyon pickup truck, highlighted by the new AT4 off-road package. With its introduction, the GMC Canyon AT4 effectively replaces the All Terrain package from years prior. Here’s a breakdown of the kit:

  • Greater capability from 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires fitted to 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Off-road tuned suspension with Advanced Hill Descent Control System
  • Four-wheel drive system with Eaton G80 rear locking differential
  • Transfer case skid plate providing additional protection when traveling off the beaten path
  • Red tow hooks.

Now, those that pay attention may notice something: the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 package doesn’t really have any difference from the All Terrain package it replaces, save for red tow hooks. The wheels, tires and off-road hardware all appear to be carryover, but at least the seats appear to wear new skin, highlighted by the embroidered headrests.

Under the hood of the GMC Canyon AT4 is the choice of two unchanged engines. The standard mill is GM’s ubiquitous 3.6L V6 engine with 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, while the upgrade is a 2.8L Duramax four cylinder turbodiesel with 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

While it’s not pictured, the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali promises to deliver more refinement than years prior. The package will still come with 20-inch wheels, assist steps, and levels of chrome that the Denali sub-brand has become known for. The interior includes open-pore ash wood trim, aluminum accents and unique stitch work. Finally, a new Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere color theme further is added as an interior option. Standard heated and ventilated front seats with a heated steering wheel make a return, as well.

The new 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 and Denali will be built alongside the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado exclusively at the GM Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri. Pricing will be announced later this year.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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