The mid-size truck segment has become highly competitive, with capable off-roaders like the Toyota Tacoma, Jeep Gladiator and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 usually leading the discussion amongst those seeking a solid off-road truck. There’s the Ford Ranger and revamped versions of the Honda Ridgeline and, finally, the Nissan Frontier. One truck that often gets lost in the discussion, however, is the GMC Canyon.
But GMC isn't taking that lying down. Last year, GMC beefed up the Canyon lineup with an off-road-oriented AT4 trim, which added features like a specially-tuned suspension, hill descent control and a locking rear differential. This year, GMC has announced it will add further upgrades to the 2021 model year AT4 — with the Off-Road Performance Edition.
The Off-Road Performance Edition improves the Canyon’s approach angle by more than 35 percent to about 30 degrees. GMC achieves this with a suspension leveling kit and by removing the front air dam. The package also enhances the Canyon’s exterior protection with rocker panel protectors and front and mid aluminum skid plates, and adds interior protection with floor liners and a spray-in bed liner.
Styling upgrades come with the Off-Road Performance Edition, as well. The package includes 17-inch gloss black wheels, Carbon Black AT4 logos and a gloss black performance exhaust tip.
The Off-Road Performance Edition should provide balance for the buyer that enjoys the premium GMC brand and luxury features, but also wants a more fun and trail-capable mid-size truck. GMC has not revealed how much the Off-Road Performance Edition will cost yet; however, it should be available on 2021 model year Canyons later this year.