The GMC brand of General Motors Co. in Detroit has introduced the 2024 GMC Canyon, the first Canyon AT4X AEV Edition, and GM’s Ultifi end-to-end software platform.
First introduced on the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500, AEV Editions are now available across the GMC truck lineup. AEV, or American Expedition Vehicles, located in Wixom, is a manufacturer of off-road and overland vehicle parts and accessories.
Meanwhile, the addition of GM’s Ultifi platform will enable all 2024 Canyons to add new features and software updates over the air, meaning off-road aids can be updated and new experiences can be added in the future.
“GMC is giving customers the ability to forge their own path within the premium off-roading space,” says Duncan Aldred, global vice president of Buick-GMC at GM. “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.”
The new Canyon, according to the automaker, continues to pursue its goal of becoming the most capable and premium off-road-focused midsize truck in the segment. The 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition takes the power and versatility of the Canyon AT4X and adds enhanced hardware and further upgrades to the vehicle chassis, including:
- 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires with an additional AEV in-bed vertical spare tire mount.
- Updated front fascia and larger fender flares to enable larger, wider tracks and ultra-high, best in class 12.2-inch ground clearance.
- 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,” says Dave Harriton, founder and CEO of AEV in Wixom. “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.”
With a more assertive lift and new AEV hardware, the 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition can now achieve a 38.2-degree front approach angle, a 26.9-degree breakover angle and an optimized 26.0-degree departure angle. These bumpers are designed for serious off-road action, featuring 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.
For the 2024 model year, Canyon’s Baja drive mode — available exclusively on the Canyon AT4X and AT4X AEV Edition — has been enhanced to include 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 accordingly to improve subsequent performance on future launches.
“The market continues to see a surge of interest in the midsize space,” says 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.”
The next-generation Canyon is produced at GM’s Wentzville Assembly in Wentzville, Mo. The 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is expected to be available for customer orders later this year.