The current, second-gen GMC Canyon has been on sale since 2015. While pickup trucks tend to go multiple years without an update, fresh competition means that GMC is preparing to come out with a redesigned model for the new year. The 2023 GMC Canyon will arrive as a fully redesigned midsize pickup truck with the addition of the AT4X off-road performance trim. Other details are scarce for now.
On the outside, the 2023 Canyon is expected to get a more angular design, which would be a departure from the current model’s chunky styling. From spy photos that we’ve seen of prototypes, the upcoming Canyon’s headlights will be much slimmer than the ones on the current model and be placed higher up on the front fascia. The fog lights are expected to grow in size and be placed closer to the headlights. Beyond that, the prototype trucks that GMC has been testing have been heavily camouflaged. We expect the overall design to share similar elements to the recently redesigned GMC Sierra 1500.
The interior of the upcoming Canyon is expected to be radically different from the current pickup truck that’s on sale. Instead of a chunky dashboard with an infotainment system that juts out, the truck will move to have a more modern system with an infotainment system that sits on top of the dash. A thin row of buttons immediately below the screen is for the HVAC system. The design has a similar look to what’s found in the Sierra 1500. Overall, we expect the 2023 GMC Canyon to have a more upscale and tech-forward design than the truck that’s currently on sale.
On the tech front, the 2023 Canyon is expected to arrive with far more advanced features than the current model. The Canyon currently comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six audio speakers, and satellite radio. An eight-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a wireless charging pad, seven audio speakers, and two extra USB ports are available.
GMC has not confirmed what engines the upcoming Canyon will be available with. We expect the pickup to be offered with multiple powertrains, though GMC could move to offer a turbocharged engine. The current pickup is available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6, and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder. Output ranges from 181 horsepower with the diesel up to 308 hp with the V6. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is available with the V6 engine. The Canyon comes with rear-wheel drive and is available with four-wheel drive. The current Canyon maxes out at 7,700 pounds of towing capacity, which is tied for best in class and can haul up to 1,580 pounds.
The current GMC doesn’t have a lot of standard safety features. A rearview camera and a Teen Driver system are standard. Available safety features include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors. We expect the 2023 GMC Canyon to be available with a suite of advanced safety features.