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After nearly a decade, the GMC Canyon and its twin, the Chevrolet Colorado, are getting new bones for 2023. The Canyon has always been nearly identical to its bow-tie bro, but only up to a point. While both trucks typically share powertrains, a smooth ride, and an underwhelming interior, only the Colorado currently offers a dirt-throwing ZR2 off-road model. That’s about to change. The 2023 GMC Canyon receives a new AT4X trim similar to the ZR2 which will endow it with significantly more off-road capability to better challenge rivals such as the Toyota Tacoma, the Jeep Gladiator, and the Ford Ranger. We expect the Canyon AT4X to share the ZR2’s Multimatic spool-valve dampers, locking front and rear differentials, upgraded suspension, and fat Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires. The big-body Canyon is expected to put some mud on the tires later this summer.
What's New for 2023?
The new GMC Canyon is expected to be all-new for 2023 and it appears it will be getting an AT4X off-road trim. Such a trim was recently added to the Sierra 1500 and included special badging, steel rock sliders, and 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels. No official specs, pricing, or information are available yet for the AT4X but GMC’s recent teaser image gives a glimpse of the new Canyon’s wide fenders and new design. GMC will debut the new Canyon on August 11, 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
GMC hasn't yet released pricing or details for the new Canyon, except for an acknowledgment of a rugged AT4X model. We expect a similar range of trims and prices to the current production truck, but we'll hold off recommending which model of the 2023 to buy until we learn more about it.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
We're still waiting to hear official info from GMC on the 2023 Canyon's powertrains, but as a twin vehicle to the Colorado, we expect the Canyon will use Chevy's turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four engines with various outputs depending on trim level, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the Colorado, the entry-level version of the engine makes 237 horsepower and 259 pound-feet; higher trims will come with a 301 horsepower version that makes 290 pound-feet of torque, giving it more power and torque than the V-6 powertrains found in the Honda Ridgeline, the Gladiator, and the Tacoma. We think the ATX off-road trim will follow in the Colorado ZR2 footsteps with the full-size Silverado 1500's 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque turbocharged four-cylinder. Chevy dropped the V-6 and Duramax Diesel engines available on its previous pickup, and we expect the GMC Canyon will do the same.
Towing and Payload Capacity
Although we only have max towing specs for the 2023 Colorado, the GMC Canyon should have roughly the same towing 7700-pound maximum towing capacity as its mechanical twin.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
GMC hasn't revealed any images of the Canyon's redesigned cabin yet, but we expect it to be similar to the interior of the Colorado. Expect it to be sold exclusively as a four-door crew cab with a five-foot bed and also wear an all-new infotainment screen, steering wheel, and gauge cluster. Like the Colorado, the shifter and cupholder orientation should change depending on trim and offer a variety of optional features such as a sunroof and added cargo storage via a lockable 45-inch wide tailgate box.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Chevy's 11.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard on the 2023 Colorado, and we expect that same luxury on the historically fancier Canyon. Like the bow-tie pickup, we expect standard wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aboard the Canyon.
As more information becomes available, we'll update this story with more details about:
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage