2023 GMC Canyon: Tough new looks, powertrains, and everything else we know ahead of impending launch

This story features independent illustrations done by CarScoop artist Josh Byrnes based on 2023 Canyon testers caught by our spies, GMC’s own teasers, and our own information. The cleanings are neither related to nor endorsed by the GMC.

Once a segment on the brink of collapse, the midsize pickup category has made a seismic comeback with rejuvenated offerings like Nissan’s Frontier, Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator. Sure, they’re not the absolute breadwinners compared to their full-size stablemates, but in the face of skyrocketing gas prices, having one foot in the midsize arena is undoubtedly a safe bet.

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Next to be updated are GM’s Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins. We’ve seen the latter in prototype form, so let’s illustratively explore GMC’s strong new look and everything else we know.

Trucking Good Looks

2023 GMC Canyon illustrations Josh Byrnes/Carscoops

The outgoing Canyon is certainly handsome enough, if somewhat underwhelming, in the visual stakes. For 2023, GMC has injected the utility with a rugged new attitude that aims to top the Tacoma when it comes to pure aesthetic appeal.

The front styling features an egg-crate grille flanked by a pair of twin-tier headlights. Slim upper units include the DRLs and turn signals, while the lower units provide the primary lighting source. Chunky, square fenders and chiseled sheet metal dominate the side profile – although it has to be said that the cabin surface looks virtually identical to the current truck.

The rear view matches the stable, monolithic front; here, the truck has a competitively sized bed, LED taillights and a hard pressed tailgate.

A much nicer place to be

The new Canyon will borrow several elements from the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra pictured above including the infotainment system

One area the current truck desperately needed attention was in the cabin. Fortunately, it appears that GMC has thrown the kitchen sink into righting past wrongs with a thoroughly modern and future-proofed interior that will borrow heavily from the latest Sierra 1500. Key highlights include a digital instrument cluster and a horizontal infotainment system capable of running Apple CarPlay and integrated Google features like maps at the same time.

Touchscreen critics can breathe a sigh of relief as the new truck has a row of physical buttons and knobs for the HVAC system located below the infotainment display. A proper power/volume button also sits in the top left corner of the interface. Elsewhere, the Canyon will have improved materials, passenger space and a myriad of semi-autonomous driver assists.

Platform and drivetrain

GMC recently teased the 2023 Canyon in AT4X guise | Photo Michael Gauthier for Carscoops

The new Canyon (and upcoming Colorado) will be based on a heavily revised version of GM’s GMT32XX platform. It will also feature a new version of GM’s electrical architecture to enable over-the-air updates and other remote connectivity services.

While we have no official confirmation of which powertrain(s) will be offered, there is a strong belief that GM’s highly advanced L3B 2.7-liter inline-four turbo unit will be used as the sole form of propulsion. In the larger Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 twins, this unit is paired with GM’s 10-speed automatic, which pumps out 310 hp and 430 pound-feet of torque. That’s more power, not just over the current 2.5-liter four-pot, but also the 308 hp and 275 lb-ft (373 Nm) 3.6-liter V6.

Rivals & Reveal

2023 Chevrolet Colorado spied here in ZR2 guise

Canyon’s direct competitors include the under-the-skin twin Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota’s best-selling Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator. The truck will once again be offered in various specifications, including an off-road-focused AT4X trim similar to the ZR2 offered by the Chevy twin. GM has locked in an official debut for this summer, so stay tuned for more information soon.

Would you consider the next GMC Canyon over the competition? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Carscoop reader Nicholas recently caught a prototype of the 2023 GMC Canyon testing in Phoenix, Arizona

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