GMC has revamped its midsize premium Canyon pickup adding even more technology and under body reinforcements to give it even more capability. I have written at length about the new pickup competition being over off-road performance. Automakers have determined that there is tremendous growth potential in the off-roading area, especially at the high end of the market. The 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is a perfect example of that mindset, offering more luxury and more performance especially on the more extreme trails.
2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition
The American Expedition outfitters give the 2024 Canyon AT4X an additional 1.5-inch lift plus 35-inch tires. GMC has also added the new Ultifi software platform to improve connectivity. Ultifi will be able to be upgraded with over-the-air updates, giving drivers more choices about what they want in their trucks.
“GMC is giving customers the ability to forge their own path within the premium off-roading space,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president, Buick-GMC. “GMC Sierra LD and HD AT4X AEV Editions delivered what customers were looking for in the off-roading space and now we’re applying that same formula to the next-generation Canyon.”
GMC first introduced AEV upgraded packages on the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500. The added equipment helped the Sierra grow its market share. After seeing the positive customer response, GMC added AEV Editions across the GMC truck lineup. GMC is committed to offering the most premium, luxurious and capable trucks in North America.
The Canyon AT4X AEV Edition Takes Canyon to the Extreme Performance Level
- 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires with an additional AEV in-bed vertical spare tire mount
- More aggressive front fascia and larger fender flares to enable larger, wider tracks and ultra-high, best in class 12.2-inch ground clearance
- 4.5-inch factory-installed lift — 1.5-inch more than the Canyon AT4X
- Heavy-duty, AEV stamped-steel front and rear bumpers with heavy duty recovery points and winch capable front bumper
- Five ultra-high strength, hot-stamped boron steel skid plates (positioned along the radiator, steering gear, transmission and transfer case, fuel tank and rear differential) for optimized underbody protection
- The addition of three standard auxiliary control switches which enable the integration of off-road and overlanding accessories.
- Exclusive AEV beadlock-capable Salta wheels
- AEV branding across the vehicle, including on bumpers, embroidered head restraints and all-weather floor liners
“The GMC Canyon AT4X is an incredibly formidable platform when it comes to on- and off-road performance and capability,” said AEV CEO and founder Dave Harriton. “We took our signature approach to help elevate the Canyon AT4X’s inherent off-road capability to the next level. This truck checks a lot of boxes for any discerning overland enthusiast looking for luxury, technology and capability in a midsize platform.”
The 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition has a 38.2-degree front approach angle, a 26.9-degree breakover angle and an optimized 26.0-degree departure angle. These bumpers feature integrated heavy-duty cast rear recovery points and front winch capability, while providing excellent durability and corrosion resistance. The rear bumper also features removable corners intended for easy removal and reinstallation when hitting the trails.
New Exclusive Baja Drive Mode
New for the 2024 model year, Canyon’s Baja drive mode is available exclusively on the Canyon AT4X and AT4X AEV Edition. It has a new launch control feature, which allows drivers to press the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time, and then release the brake pedal, resulting in improved acceleration on- and off-road. This smart launch control feature learns the driving surface and can adjust engine speed and torque to improve subsequent performance on future launches.
Additionally, all 2024 Canyons will be able to add new features and software updates over time with GM’s Ultifi Platform. Ultifi is GM’s new vehicle software platform that enables the delivery of features and services to customers over the air. That means the new features can be updated without having to go back to the dealer.
“The market continues to see a surge of interest in the midsize space,” said Aldred. “Customers want something capable and premium, with purposeful technology that enables them to set off the beaten path. This next generation GMC Canyon, and the all-new Canyon AT4X AEV Edition, will be all that and more.”
2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Available Later This Year
The next-generation Canyon will be built at GM’s Wentzville Assembly in Wentzville, Missouri. The 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is expected to be available for customer orders later this year. Pricing expected to be released closer to the launch date.
Mary Conway is a professional automotive journalist and has decades of experience specializing in automotive news analysis. She covered the Detroit Three for more than twenty years for the ABC affiliate, in Detroit. Her affection for the Motor City comes naturally. Her father ran a gas station while Mary was growing up, in Wisconsin.
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