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Meet the 2021 GMC AT4 lineup

GMC relies heavily on the success of its Denali line. The top-tier trim level is the cream of the GMC crop offering the latest technology, nicest appointments, and flashy design accents. It accounts for 30 percent of GMC's sales.

Enter AT4. As off-roading and black design accents become more popular, GMC is looking to capitalize on the trend by debuting its AT4 model lineup. Generally, AT4 models are slightly more rugged looking than their mainstream and Denali counterparts. Many have added equipment designed to make off-roading easier and more comfortable. GMC says that they initially projected AT4 sales would be 20 percent of vehicle sales in models where the trim is offered. Sales are inching closer to 25 percent and gaining steam.

The average price of a Denali model is $55,979. That's more than the average transaction price of a Mercedes, Jag, BMW, or Audi. The average price on AT4 models is nearly the same.

For the 2021 model year, GMC is introducing the Terrain, Canyon, and Yukon AT4. Sierra, Sierra HD, and Acadia already have their variants on dealership lots.

2021 GMC Terrain AT4

2021 GMC Terrain

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That's the 2021 GMC Terrain AT4 right there in the middle. Not much has been officially revealed yet but a quick walk around of the vehicle during the Vail unveiling of the 2021 GMC Yukon showed that it has many of the features of the other AT4 models like black design accents, AT4 logo on the front head rests, and AT4 badging on the grille. It will be available in the autumn and we're likely to hear more about its features around that time.

2020 GMC Acadia AT4

2020 GMC Acadia AT4

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The 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is by no means an off-roader, but it is a competent and comfortable daily driver. The SUV's blacked out accents make it appear beefier and more aggressive. Acadia AT4 offers an Advanced Twin-Clutch AWD System for increased capability on mixed surfaces, All-Terrain tires and Traction Select with Off-Road Mode.

2021 GMC Canyon AT4

The GMC Canyon AT4 is new for the 2021 model year and gives the aging model a much needed design infusion. Its black door handles and grille immediately set it apart from the crowd while the signature red tow hooks give a color infusion. Canyon AT4 comes standard with off-road tuned suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires. It will be available in the spring.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

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At first glance, the Sierra 1500 AT4 gets many of the same AT4 treatments as GMC's other AT4 models. Sierra AT4 offers a 2-inch factory lift, skid plates, Rancho monotube shocks, a standard MultiPro Tailgate, and available Mud-Terrain tires. Additionally, its available CarbonPro Edition package, giving the truck GMC's new fancy carbon fiber bed, which can withstand objects being thrown at it by hurricane force winds.

2020 GMC Sierra HD AT4

2020 GMC Sierra HD AT4

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Journalists first put this model to the test in Jackson, Wyoming in late 2020 and the reaction from the crowd was a resounding, "Yes!" Sierra HD AT4 features an off-road suspension, skid plates, Rancho shocks, a standard MultiPro Tailgate, and up to 15 camera views.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4

2021 GMC Yukon AT4

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The fresh 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 is a beefier looking Yukon. Yukon AT4 offers air suspension with 4 inches of adjustability, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a 15-inch head-up display. The new model will be available in the summer.

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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The concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.

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Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.


GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC


Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors


Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.



GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC


As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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