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The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Is Getting A Performance Pack

GMC Canyon AT4

Following up on our studying of the 2021 GM Fleet Order Guide for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, there are more details to share. We’ve already told you about the upcoming suspension leveling kit for the GM midsize trucks, and now there’s further details about a special package for the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 called the Off-Road Performance Edition. Here’s what the dealer order guide states:

The new 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off Road Performance Edition will feature gloss-black 17-inch aluminum wheels, a performance exhaust tip, and black AT4 badges. But it’s more than just that, as the package adds skid plates, rocker panel protection, as well as the previously mentioned leveling kit. The interior will see all-weather floor liners for easier cleaning.

GMC Canyon AT4

From the sounds of it, the 2021 Canyon AT4 Off Road Performance Edition is the closest the truck will get to its more adventurous cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Missing still will be the high approach angle front and rear fascias, as well as the uniquely tuned spool valve dampers from Multimatic. Expect pricing and photos to be revealed when the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 launches in the second half of this year.

To recap, the 2021 Canyon AT4 effectively replaces the All Terrain package from years prior. The truck carries standard features including 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires fitted to 17-inch aluminum wheels, an off-road tuned suspension with Advanced Hill Descent Control System, four-wheel drive with an Eaton G80 rear locking differential, a transfer case skid plate, red tow hooks, and unique stitching and accents inside the cabin.

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.

GMC Canyon AT4

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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