This Might Be The Ultimate Factory Midsize Truck

2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition Bison Midsize Truck Off Road 4x4
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The golden age of the off road pickup truck and SUV continues. And GMC is grabbing this opportunity by the horns with everything its got. For example, MC&T was fortunate enough to attend the 2023 GMC Canyon drive program in North Carolina last weekend, complete with both the Denali and AT4X trim levels. As if that wasn’t enough, GMC went ahead and showed off the first-ever 2024 Sierra HD AT4X and AT4X AEV Edition. And, on the trailer pulled by the Sierra HD AEV Edition, was the next chapter in the Canyon’s story. It’s our first official look at the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition, and we got as close to it as we could.

Now, it should be noted that nobody at GMC was calling it the Canyon AT4X AEV Edition, but with sibling brand Chevrolet showing off an official teaser image of the upcoming 2024 Colorado ZR2 Bison last week, you can bet with certainty that this is the GMC equivalent.

2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition Live Photo
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If you’ve been reading MC&T for a while, you may recall that we first broke the news that GM was already prepping both a next-gen Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, as well as a first-ever GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition. This means that these midsize trucks will exclusively feature off-road protection hardware from American Expedition Vehicles, straight from the factory. This would include a unique front and rear bumper, hot stamped boron steel skid plates, a set of AEV Salta wheels, and perhaps a few surprises.

What’s noticeable right away is the set of 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires that are a size improvement over the 33-inch spec found on the standard AT4X. This would also mean changes to the suspension system. This would include a lifted ride height, and a set of long travel Multimatic DSSV dampers to accomodate more suspension travel and articulation. A quick peak under the body of the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition (pictured below) seems to reveal exactly that.

Lastly, something that the GMC is teasing that hasn’t been shown on the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison just yet, is a bed-mounted sport rack and spare-tire carrier. Whether or not that’s standard or optional remains to be seen. But you can bet that you’ll be able to read all about it here at MC&T as soon as more details on this exciting new midsize truck come to light.

2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition Live Photo
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.
35 inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT Tire American Expedition Vehicles AEV Salta Wheel
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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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