Check out GMC’s Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX concept which highlights a growing desire for premium yet capable utes and SUVs.

Building on the Canyon AT4, the concept enhances Canyon’s off-road credibility by showing how it could be further customised for a 4×4 enthusiast.

Based on the Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 (there’s a familiar name), it’s powered by a 3.6-litre V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The concept boasts a 27.7-degree approach angle and ground clearance of 250mm, boosted by 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 Mud-Terrain tyres on 17-inch AEV Crestone wheels.

Water fording is a claimed 815mm, and its custom-tailored snorkel could allow for filtered and cooler air intake.

All concept features are integrated with GMC’s premium design cues, resulting in a rugged-yet-premium appearance.

Unique grille and headlight finishes, distinct AT4 badges, and an exclusive leather-wrapped interior, create a sense of confident capability that does not compromise style or comfort.

GMC introduced AT4 in its Sierra light-duty pickup truck in 2019, positioned as a unique persona meant to offer bold capability while maintaining the innovative technology and premium appointments associated with the brand.

It has since expanded across the entire GMC lineup and continues to gain popularity, with more than 30 percent of Canyon buyers choosing AT4 this year.

GMC says Canyon is also attracting new customers to the brand, with more than half of buyers in 2021 new to GMC.

Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX concept is designed for off-road enthusiasts, with features that include:

  • Factory-lifted, wide off-road chassis with enhanced underbody coverage
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors
  • Cast-iron control arms
  • Heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Integrated front recovery points
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • Wheel flares with integrated task lamps
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Spare tyre swivel mount so a spare tyre can be kept on the back of the truck and swivel out of the way of the tailgate when bed access is needed
  • Guy lines for protecting the windshield from low-hanging branches

The concept also comes with a string of extras to designed to enhance the off-road experience, including a roof-mounted tent, 270-degree awning, kitchenette and cooler and solar panel.

In Australia, GMC vehicles are imported and converted to right-hand drive by American Vehicle Sales based in Rowville, Victoria.

It currently offers the GMC Sierra SLT, AT4 and Sierra Denali utilities.

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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