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It’s The Most Off-Road Capable GMC Midsize Truck Yet


Since the Ford Ranger has made its debut for the US market, customers have been a little miffed about a lack of a Raptor offering here in the ‘States. Europe gets it. Australia gets it. South Africa gets it. But not Ford’s home turf. That said, there are plenty of high-end Ford Performance off-road upgrades that customers can fit onto their Ranger to make it more adventurous than before. And there’s even the new Ranger Tremor package. Similarly, General Motors builds the awesome Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and ZR2 Bison, but there’s no equivalent available for the GMC Canyon. To alleviate this, the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition was announced today, and clips on an array of GMC Accessories for a turn-key truck that’s both premium and ready to tackle the trails.

MC&T reported in February 2020 that the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition was inbound, via the truck’s official dealer order guide.

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition Package Suspension Lift Leveling Kit

The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition adds a dealer-installed 1-inch suspension-leveling kit, which is currently available as an accessory. The front air dam also gets discarded to create a 30-degree approach angle – a 35% improvement.

For armor, a set of rocker panel protectors and a pair of skid plates for the front and middle parts of the underbody, which can be purchased individually as performance accessories. Trail running and rock crawling are full-contact sports, and any off-road truck worth its price needs as much as possible to avoid any expensive, even terminal, damage. Not one to skip out on premium touches, GMC also fit this new Canyon variant with a unique set of 17-inch gloss black wheels, black AT4 logos, and a gloss black exhaust tip, all of which are available as accessories. The interior will also features accessory all weather floor mats for easier cleaning, while a spray-in bedliner is also standard.

Otherwise, the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition has all the standard gear from the regular AT4. That means an Eaton G80 rear automatic locking differential, an advanced hill descent control system, and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.

Expect pricing to be shared by the end of the year, as customers will be able to preorder the new pickup by then.

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition Specs

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.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

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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