2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition takes a tougher approach

Just a few more goods help the Canyon AT4 flex its off-road muscles a little more.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition
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2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition

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When the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 debuted, I called it the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 lite. Now, consider the new AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition an effort to inch a little closer to off-road wonder. It's not all the way there, but it comes a little closer.

The new truck bowed on Monday, and overall it remains a posher alternative to the Colorado ZR2. The Canyon AT4 has been that from the get-go, but the Off-Road Performance Edition adds a few more off-road-focused features to toughen the truck up. Chief among those features is a factory-installed suspension-leveling kit. You'll also notice went ahead and ditched the front air dam to improve the pickup's approach angle. The brand said the angle improves by 35%, and it's now a nearly 30-degree angle.

Rocker panel protectors and a set of skid plates for the front and middle parts of the Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition ensure drivers don't have to worry about damage to critical components such as the front differential and more. The standard AT4 gear is all included, too. Good stuff like an Eaton G80 rear automatic locking differential and advanced hill descent control system and 31-inch Goodyear DuraTrac tires remain part of the package.

On the cosmetic side of things, the special edition truck rocks a set of 17-inch gloss black wheels, black AT4 logos and an exhaust tip finished in an identical gloss black.

GMC didn't share prices yet, but fans will be able to preorder the new pickup by the end of this year. If you need to focus on the finer side of off-roading, the brand just granted your wish.

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition: Just a few more goodies

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