The new generation of the pickup truck is a bit late, but it is coming out with the 2023 GMC Canyon. General Motors has no more time to waste. Yes, Chevy Colorado is the best-seller in the mid-size class, but the competition is tougher nowadays. Ford Ranger is in a full swing after the first years back in the US, and Jeep also returned to the truck segment. Soon, we expect debuts of Kia pickup and Hyundai Santa Cruz.
The 2023 GMC Canyon will be a mechanical twin of the Chevrolet Colorado. Still, a design and packages make it a lot different. Colorado ZR2 is considered as one of the toughest pickups you can buy, the Canyon AT4 is also there, usually overshadowed by its more popular sibling. Plus, the Denali package makes the truck pretty luxurious, like no other model in the mid-size class. Add engine option, and there are a lot of stuff to make the building so fun.
The 2023 Canyon is going to be a fun truck to drive. There are a few notable highlights of the current vehicle that will definitely appear on the next-gen model. For example, the company keeps a narrow lineup of trim levels. Still, all the packages are pretty interesting and fits needs of different buyers. Base version is a budget-friendly option, while the SLT brings more features to satisfy needs of more demanding fans, not willing to spend too much. From there, buyers can upgrade the ride with either premium 2023 GMC Canyon Denali bundle, with the latest systems, or the off-road AT4 edition. Sometimes, we feel like this version is not getting enough praise. Experts are not always considering it as one of the top off-road trucks, giving advantage to Chevy Colorado ZR2, or Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
Under the hood of the 2023 GMC Canyon will still lay a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The company is revisiting all the drivetrains and this one should become the base choice for the Canyon and Colorado as well, dropping a naturally-aspirated four-banger as the entry-level power source. It has sense, since only the small share of sales is coming from models with a weak output. Truckers love to get towing potential. And a 3.6-liter V6 engine with more than 300 hp is going to deliver 7,000 pounds.
Nevertheless, the main drivetrain remains the 2023 GMC Canyon Diesel. A 2.8-liter Duramax mill can produce 200 hp and 370 lb-ft. Converted to towing capacity, that is 7,700 pounds. Such hauling potential is still keeping Canyon at the top of the list, but it won’t stay for too long.
2023 GMC Canyon Release Date and Price
By dropping a four-pot engine, the 2023 GMC Canyon will come with increased price. Also, a turbo-four and a V6 configurations will be more expensive after the redesign. AT4 package will be over $40,000, where you can already find Denali version. Heavily loaded, the Canyon can reach $50,000 mark, being one of the most luxurious mid-size trucks in the market.