The 2022 GMC Canyon is the more elegant version of Chevy Colorado, despite some of their similarities and there has been a great improvement in the reliability of GM's compact pickup duo (Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon)
The category of off-road pickup trucks has become so popular that manufacturers are increasing their model offerings; to such an extent that new categories have been created. As proof, the GMC Canyon AT4 was designed precisely to face a very specific niche.
While the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 rests in the extreme off-road midsize pickup category, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon type, the GMC Canyon AT4 - its mechanical twin - is more aimed at competing with lightweight off-road pickups. In other words, the Canyon AT4 mainly competes with the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Nissan Frontier Pro4X and Ford Ranger Tremor.
What's new in 2022?
The 2022 Canyon lineup has received minimal changes from GMC. The Denali Black Edition is new, which sports black exterior details, including 20-inch rims and all -weather floor liners in the interior. In the 2022 Canyon lineup GMC has also changed the name of one the trims, replacing the High Elevation package from 2021 with Elevation Premium package in 2022. These are the main and minimal changes to the Canyon 2022.
Exterior of the 2022 Canyon AT4
A Canyon AT4 is distinguished from a regular Canyon by its black grille and mirrors, slightly redesigned front bumper, LED fog lights, red-painted tow hooks, model-exclusive 17-inch rims and wheel treads. 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires and signature body badges. The absence of any chrome component on the exterior is a hint of off-road ambiance.
The 17-inch rims are also exclusive to the AT4 package, although the black plastic apron at the base of the bumper is not designed for difficult obstacles, but rather to make the vehicle more aerodynamic. Finally, the towing hooks at the front bumper are painted red, another visual signature of Formula AT4.
Power and Engine
Two engine choices are available for the 2022 Canyon AT4 version: first, a 3.6-liter V6 (under test) with an output of 308 horsepower and torque of 275 pound-feet; second, a 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine delivering 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the turbodiesel engine only comes with a 6-speed automatic.
In addition to off-road tires, the AT4 package adds useful components for trail adventure.. The package is convincing, however: off-road shocks, hill descent control, a 4-wheel drive system including an AutoTrac two-speed transfer case, an Eaton brand automatic locking rear differential and a skid plate for the transfer case.
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