Here’s why the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X will cause serious trouble for the Ford Ranger Raptor

The mid-size pickup truck market is the most popular segment of the American car market today. From being capable workhorses to family haulers, mid-size pickups are all trades and have proven their mettle over the years. While the American car market has several major players, companies like Chevrolet, GMC and Ford have made huge profits with their capable products.

Last month, GMC introduced its third-generation Canyon after eleven long years. The new Canyon has been completely renovated both inside and out. GMC has also equipped it with a new engine and expanded the AT4 range with a freshly baked AT4X model that promises impeccable off-road performance.

On the other side of America, Ford will introduce the new generation Ranger later this year. Ford has also confirmed that it will launch the Ranger Raptor in America with some country-specific changes.

While we are not aware of the exact features and specifications of the upcoming Raptor, we will do our best to speculate on the specs and compare it to its sworn rival, the GMC Canyon AT4X.

Related: 8 amazing facts about the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X vs. Ford Ranger Raptor: Engine, Performance, and Mileage

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The new GMC Canyon AT4X gets an off-road optimized 2.7-liter Turbo High-Output engine mated to a 10-speed automatic torque converter. The engine breathes out 310 ponies at just 5,600 rpm and 430 lb-ft of twist, making it feel more refined. We expect the AT4X to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds and offer an average mileage of 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highways. The AT4X comes with a 21.5-gallon fuel tank, giving it a highway fuel range of more than 510 miles. However, the off-road optimized engine can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

3.0-liter twin-turbo V6
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Ford will sell the new Ranger Raptor with two engine options. The Raptor will likely have a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The EcoBoost V6 powerplant will offer 400 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of power, providing enough power to meet any need at any time. As with the AT4X, the Raptor’s twin-turbo V6 is tuned for better off-road performance, so it can only tow up to 5,500 pounds. We expect its 0-60 mph timing to be in the 7-second ballpark.

For diesel engine fans, Ford will also offer the Ranger Raptor with an optional 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine capable of producing 210 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. This unit will offer more mileage and a towing capacity of 6,000 lbs.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X vs. Ford Ranger Raptor: Handling and Mechanical

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X With DSSV Dampers
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The GMC Canyon AT4X will have unmatched off-road capabilities. The AT4X comes standard with the off-road suspension package, which equips the truck with an ultra-wide track and suspension set with a Multimatic DSSV damping system, improved front and rear electronic locking differentials and an off-road performance display. These mechanical features offer the AT4X 10.7 inches of ground clearance, improved approach, departure and break angles for excellent off-road handling and capability. In addition, the AT4X offers five different driving modes, including a new Baja mode for high-speed off-road performance.

Ford gives the new Ranger Raptor a new chassis
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The new Ranger Raptor will be based on a different chassis than the regular Ranger. The Raptor’s new chassis is specially designed with Raptor-specific enhancements to handle extreme terrain challenges. The Raptor also gets a set of new suspensions with FOX Live Valve Dampers to offer exceptional off-road performance. Additionally, the Ranger Raptor will have 11.1 inches of ground clearance and four off-road modes. Therefore, we expect the Ranger to have the upper hand off-road.

Related: These are our favorite features of the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Exterior styling

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1
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The new AT4X is Canyon’s most aggressive and extroverted model to date. The striking body lines across the exterior give it a badass look. The fascia is fitted with a massive headlight assembly consisting of a pair of inverted L-shaped DRLs along with LED low beams above and high beams below. Once equipped with the optional Edition 1 package, the AT4X looks even more beautiful with an off-road specific bumper, a U-shaped safari bar, a 30-inch LED bar and a set of 17-inch wheels with 33-inch MT tires.

Ford Ranger Raptor Exterior Side View
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The new Ranger Raptor looks exactly like the Ford Everest, but Ford has made some design changes to make the Raptor shred. The Raptor’s fascia is equipped with bold and black FORD lettering, giving the fascia more muscle. The fascia gets flared wheel arches and C-clamp headlights consisting of new matrix LED headlights and glare-free high beams with auto-leveling function for better visibility. Below, the Raptor offers a set of 17-inch alloy wheels along with Raptor-exclusive off-road tires.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X vs. Ford Ranger Raptor: Interior and Comfort

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Cockpit View
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The Canyon AT4X’s cabin is too good for an off-road beast. The AT4X’s interior features an Obsidian Rush interior. The dash looks gorgeous with durable textured plastics, white leatherette pieces with red accent stitching, carbon fiber and red accents.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Rear Seat Comfort and space
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The AT4X’s cabin offers an 11-inch all-digital instrument cluster, an 11.3-inch touchscreen, a heated and leather steering wheel, a 6.3-inch HUD, and power-adjustable seats with heating and cooling, memory, and lumbar and thigh support. For entertainment, a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a wireless charger are offered. The AT4X cabin seats five people, and both rows are quite spacious.

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However, the Ford Ranger Raptor offers a work-focused cabin that looks rugged. The cabin is built in hard plastic and has decent build quality. But they lack shine, which means the cabin will start looking shabby in no time. The controls are intuitive and ergonomically placed. We expect the Ranger Raptor to come in both SuperCab and SuperCrew models, so it can seat four to five people.

Ford Ranger Raptor front and rear Sears
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In terms of features, the Raptor will offer leather seats, jet-inspired power seats with heating and cooling, as well as lumbar and memory settings. The driver gets a leather steering wheel, which can come with a heating function and a 12.4-inch digital color cluster. A 12-inch portrait-style touchscreen, a six-speaker B&O premium sound system, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging and many other features will be equipped.

2023 GMC Canyon Keeps getting the upper hand

Red 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X
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After comparing both of these mid-size pickups, there is no doubt that both the AT4X and the Raptor will have a massive rivalry once launched. However, we think the GMC Canyon is more attractive. It offers an efficient and powerful engine, sharper exterior looks, a premium cabin and a great set of features and options.

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