The mid-size truck segment just upgraded. We’re revealing the photos, specs, and brand-new off-roading features of the 2023 GMC Canyon!
The 2023 Chevy Colorado was already revealed, so you knew its cousin, the all-new 2023 GMC Canyon wouldn’t be far behind. The trimmed corners, the use of sheet metal, LED lighting, and higher positioning than before all help the 2023 Canyon stand out. There’s some style to this truck! In addition to the fully redesigned exterior, it features a new suite of standard and available safety features, bringing some new infotainment technology to the mid-size truck segment. Off-roading is the other big part of the 2023 Canyon. It looks like GMC has done a good job combining driving ability, cabin comfort, and hi-tech benefits in this model. Keep reading to find out what features come standard, how much the 2023 GMC Canyon will cost, and when it goes on sale!
Let’s start with the technology suite in the 2023 GMC Canyon. It’s impressive from a safety and amenities standpoint. All of the technology is powered by a new electrical architecture in the inner workings of the truck.
A digital instrument cluster measures 8 inches diagonally on the Elevation and AT4 trims while a cluster that measures 11 inches diagonally comes standard on the Denali and AT4X trims. GMC pairs its wireless projection capability with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to display certain phone information on the touchscreens. A seven-speaker Bose audio system is also standard on the AT4X and Denali trims. It’s optional on the AT4. There’s also an available Head-Up display on the front windshield to display navigation, speed, audio, and safety alerts.
A whole host of safety and driver assistance features include: a high-definition overhead camera, rear pedestrian alert with rear-cross traffic braking, blind zone steering assist, and adaptive cruise control. There are actually 10 cameras involved in the 2023 GMC Canyon viewing system in total. Automatic emergency braking, a forward collision alert, automatic high-beam headlights, lane keep assist, and front pedestrian braking with bicyclist detection are standard on every 2023 Canyon.
We previously compared the 2022 GMC Canyon to the 2022 Honda Ridgeline and noted at the time that the 2022 Canyon interior could use a refresh. Well, GMC certainly refreshed the interior of the 2023 Canyon. You already know about the digital cluster, the head-up display, and the large touchscreens, but the materials and look of the cabin have been updated as well. There’s gloss, there’s sheen, there’s wood trim, and there’s leather! There’s even a sunroof, a first for a mid-size truck.
The 2023 Canyon Denali is outfitted with laser etched wood. The leather-appointed seats are nice and the additional leather on the dash and center console modernizes the entire cabin. You’ll notice different color schemes in the different trims, too. The 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X features ceramic white and obsidian rush coloring. Intricate stitching can even be found around the shifter. Some of the styling is bold, but nobody can say it’s dated.
If you want off-roading ability, you’ll want to get the AT4X. It’s engineered to be a premium off-road mid-size truck. There are 10.7 inches of ground clearance on the AT4X, higher than all other Canyon trims. The 2023 Canyon sits on 33-inch Mud Terrain tires. The front air dam was removed for an elevated approach angle that measures 36.9 inches. The front axle was moved forward in order to improve proportions, resulting in a more level, optimized performance. Front and rear electronic locking differentials were enhanced by GMC so the Canyon can get better traction.
A 2.7-liter inline-four turbo engine powers the 2023 Canyon with 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. That’s more horsepower than the 2022 Canyon. This new 2.7-liter engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission across all trims.
The Canyon comes in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is standard on the AT4X. There are four drive modes on most 2023 Canyons: normal mode for everyday driving, a tow/haul mode for heavy loads, an off-road mode for improved dynamics, and a terrain mode for low-speed precision during rock crawling adventures. The AT4X trim gets one additional mode, though: the Baja mode, made for high-speed off-road driving.
GMC uses technology to make off-roading more informative than before. Real-time off-road performance data is displayed on the center screen. G-force, altimeter, and pitch and roll stats can all be shown. The available 10-camera view system I mentioned earlier includes underbody cameras to show front and rear views from underneath the truck. GMC didn’t forget about the truck bed either. The entire lineup, which comes with a short bed, crew cab configuration, introduces a water-tight tailgate storage area.
Initial production of the 2023 Canyon will begin in early 2023. AT4X production will start a few months later in the spring of 2023. Reservations for the very limited number of 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 models is now open, starting at a manufacturer suggested retail price of $63,505. Other 2023 Canyon trims will start at around $40,000.
Older GMC Canyon models were already on our radar, earning a spot on our list of the Best Used Mid-size Trucks to Buy. After this reveal, the 2023 Canyon will probably be on a few of our upcoming lists, too. Just how does the new 2023 GMC Canyon compare to previous models? There’s an easy way to find out! Just click on our comprehensive 2022 GMC Canyon Review. Go back even further with our 2021 GMC Canyon Review.