GM’s mid-size pickup trucks need a major makeover. The current generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon went on sale in select global markets in 2012, although the Chevrolet did not reach North America until 2014 as a 2015 model. Its high-end sibling GMC followed a year later, so a major overhaul is in store.
These photos capture a prototype GMC Canyon parked somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. It’s actually the first time we’ve seen either version of the new generation Chevrolet or mid-size GMC in public, and as you can clearly see, GM doesn’t want people to take a close look. . Aside from the thick camouflage covering the entire truck, a hasty blanket was removed and draped over the test vehicle as our spy photographer settled in for close-ups.
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The covers hide the body lines, but it’s clear that the mid-size formula won’t change too much. The grille details are obscured, but the proportions suggest that it carries the wider face of the GMC Canyon. In addition, the thick fenders and modest suspension height indicate that this is an AT4 model. The photographer takes a closer look at the tires, showing a set of Goodyear Wrangler 265/65 on 18-inch wheels. The tires are not as aggressive as those on the current AT4, but that will likely change before production begins.
We haven’t heard much about interior design, and these photos don’t give us a good look at the interior. If the recently unveiled Chevrolet Silverado is any indication, look for both Colorado and Canyon for larger infotainment screens wrapped in a greenhouse that isn’t as bulky and dated. It won’t follow the minimalist approach seen in some vehicles, so there should still be plenty of buttons and knobs to control various features. Tech-wise, Super Cruise probably won’t reach the mid-size fleet, but we’ve learned to never say never.
As for horsepower, GM will likely follow the Ford Ranger’s lead by offering just one four-cylinder engine option. The main contender is GM’s 2.7-liter turbocharged mill producing 310 horsepower (231 kilowatts), which would comfortably exceed its competition Blue Oval by a few ponies.
The next-gen Canyon and Colorado are expected for model year 2023. That means a start in early or mid-2022 is likely, unless there are delays related to COVID or the microchip.