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2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition is enhanced and trail-ready

The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 has gotten a performance upgrade with a new edition.

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The GMC Canyon midsize truck is getting more capable thanks to a fresh performance spec introduced by the automaker this week. The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition is a step up in off-road performance capability from the traditional Canyon AT4, which was added for the 2021 model year.

"When customers are looking for a capable off-road truck, we know that they want improved vehicle height as well as additional protection," said GMC Marketing Director Rich Latek. "Whether it's tackling die-hard off-road courses or embarking on a weekend adventure, the Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition provides an improved approach angle, enhanced maneuverability and underbody protection to key parts of the truck, while still delivering a premium GMC experience."

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition

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The GMC Canyon AT4 debuted in January and featured many of the same components that General Motors has put in its other AT4 models, which now include every truck and SUV in the GMC lineup. The Canyon AT4 includes 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, an off-road tuned suspension package with Advanced Hill Descent Control System, and a four-wheel drive system with Eaton G80 Rear Automatic Locking Differential.

The Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition builds on that roster adding a factory-installed suspension leveling kit. The front air dam has been removed to improve the truck's approach angle by more than 35 percent, to nearly 30 degrees. Rocker panels and performance front and mid skid plates help protect the truck's undercarriage during off-roading. The skid plates are made from 5/32-inch aluminum.

The Off-Road Performance Edition changes out the Canyon AT4's equipment and adds to it. A roster of equipment includes unique 17-inch Gloss Black wheels, Carbon Black AT4 logos, and a Gloss Black performance exhaust tip. The truck also has accessory floor liners and a spray-in bedliner.

The 2021 Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition will be available to order later this year. The Canyon AT4 starts at $27,595. Buyers who want the Off-Road Performance Edition will pay a premium on that price.

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The GMC Hummer EV SUV will finally make its debut in April.

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The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is almost ready for production - expect to see it this autumn - so that means that it's time for the next chapter of the Hummer, the Hummer EV SUV.

The two models are expected to share powertrains, drivetrains, and much body structure. Think of it as the relationship between the Chevrolet Silverado and Suburban, or the Rivian R1T and R1S. Either way, it's a tried and true formula that works well given the vehicles' similar body sizes.

2022 GMC The GMC Hummer EV SUV (top) and truck (bottom) were teased ahead of the GMC Hummer EV's debut in stylized images. Photo courtesy of GMC

Because we're already seen the Hummer EV truck, we have an idea what can be expected from the Hummer EV SUV. The first Hummer EV, the Edition 1 model,. delivers 1,000 horsepower, has a 350-mile all-electric range, and goes for $112,959. In the ensuing years, GMC Is slated to deliver less powerful and far less expensive versions of the truck. This is a formula that likely plays out for the SUV as well.

Expect the dimensions and wheelbase for the SUV to be similar to the Hummer EV truck as well. Built on GM's new flexible architecture, the Hummer EV fits between the traditional and extended wheelbase sizes of the 2021 GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. It's over a foot longer than the Hummer H2 and a few inches taller than the Ford F-150 Raptor.

What we don't know is if the truck's t-top-style Infinity Roof will be carried over into the SUV. It's likely that Crab Walk mode and Watts to Freedom launch mode will make the cut.

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 will have 350 miles of range coming from its GM Ultium battery pack. This is the same power supply the SUV will get.

GMC will unveil the Hummer EV SUV at 5 p.m. ET on April 3, 2021 and feature it during the NCAA Final Four. Reservations for the model will open immediately following the reveal on the same date.

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A prototype of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV undergoes winter weather testing in Michigan.

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All vehicles go through extreme weather testing. From the desert sands of the Arabian Peninsula and Mojave Desert to the freezing cold of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Scandinavia's upper reaches, vehicles from concept to near-production.

During that testing, research and development team members are finding out if their power- and drivetrain components are properly functioning as they have designed them to, checking on calibration, and also discovering the hardiness of their work.

When it comes to electric vehicles, there are additional tests that play into it. Does the battery deplete too quickly? Is the battery able to handle the cold weather? Are the electric motors getting enough power?

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It was this, and more, put to the test by General Motors engineers when they got behind the wheel of the 2022 GMC Hummer in the northern reaches of Michigan. While driving in sub-zero temperatures they tested the all-electric truck on various slippery surfaces, including snow, ice, steep and split-mu grades. Key tests include integrating its powerful all-wheel drive torque distribution with the traction control system, as well as calibrating and testing the electronic stability control system.

The video shows the Hummer EV looping a test track, using four-wheel steering to handle ice, and bumping its way over some mild snow piles. There's also a show of the suspension system absorbing the imperfections in the roadway, allowing the cab of the truck to remain stable.

There are some differences with the prototype truck seen testing here and the renderings of the model that were shown off by GMC at the truck's reveal. Specifically, the front end. Eagle-eyed enthusiasts will note that the headlights and the area between them is not as refined as it was in the original images.

At this point, it is unclear as to why the change has been made and whether or not it's permanent. Likely, it's just fascia that has been deleted for testing and will be replaced when the vehicle heads to production.

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is slated to go into production this autumn. Find out more about the product rollout plan for the model here.

In the video, GMC also teases the coming of the GMC Hummer EV SUV.

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