For 2023, the completely redesigned GMC Canyon features improved off-road capabilities for every trim level, a new exterior and interior look, and updated technology to promote safety and connectivity. This mid-size pickup is available in Elevation, AT4, AT4X and Denali trim levels.
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Performance and capacity
Every 2023 Canyon trim comes standard with a high-output 2.7-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a GMC-estimated 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Also standard: an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Canyon can tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped, and it’s also rated to carry a payload of up to 1,640 pounds.
Canyon’s off-road enhancements for 2023 include a standard off-road suspension package and 9.6 inches of ground clearance, plus upgraded track width and approach, breakover and departure angles. All-wheel drive with multiple drive modes is standard on all trims except Elevation. The AT4X is the ultimate off-road truck in the Canyon lineup, with features like Multimatic DSSV dampers, e-locking front and rear differentials, and 10.7 inches of ground clearance.
The 2023 Canyon is wider and taller than previous model years, and the crew cab/short bed design is standard across the lineup. Up front, LED headlights come as standard, along with C-shaped LED signature lighting and a new grille design. Out back, the bed comes with an available new integrated tailgate storage system. Canyon also shows off standard 18-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires. Exterior upgrades include chrome accents and 20-inch wheels for the Denali, 33-inch mud tires and undercarriage for the AT4X, and an AT4X Edition 1 package with features such as reconfigurable bed rails and an off-road front bumper with a safari bar.
The Canyon’s interior gets a major makeover for 2023, with a fresh cabin layout, new materials and unique looks for each trim level. For example, the AT4 trims Timber accents and Jet Black leather seats, while the Denali gets laser-etched teak accents and perforated leather upholstery, and the AT4X showcases Ceramic White accents and Obsidian Rush leather. The Canyon is also available with amenities such as a heated steering wheel, a sunroof, and power-adjustable heated front seats.
Infotainment and safety technology
Every Canyon model gets a new 11.3-inch touchscreen, complete with technologies like wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an off-road performance display and an HD rearview camera with Hitch View. An 8-inch digital driver display also comes standard, with an 11-inch layout fitted to Denali and AT4X trims.
Every Canyon trim comes standard with the Canyon Pro safety package, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward pedestrian braking with cyclist detection, lane keeping with lane warning and more. Rear Cross Traffic Braking, Blind Zone Steering Assist and Rear Pedestrian Alert are also available. The Denali and AT4X models also offer up to 10 available camera views for improved visibility in trailering and off-road driving.
2023 Canyon’s Elevation, AT4 and Denali trims are expected to hit dealerships in early 2023, with the AT4X following soon after. Check out The News Wheels’ model overview page for more information on the rest of the 2023 GMC lineup.
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