The 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition Will Take You Further

August 10th, 2023 by

2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Parked 3/4 Front View in a Forest

With the completely redesigned Canyon launched in 2023, one might expect few changes for the following year. GMC keeps things rolling, however, with the 2024 Canyon model lineup bringing us the first-ever Canyon AT4X AEV Edition, that one-ups even the AT4X in off-road capability. The first AEV Edition was introduced just last year on the Sierra 1500, which was followed by a version for the Sierra HD.  But with the addition of the Canyon, AEV Editions are now available across the GMC truck lineup.  

GMC is giving customers the ability to forge their own path within the premium off-roading space,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president, Buick-GMC. “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.”

As off-roading sometimes favors a smaller footprint, the Canyon AT4X may be the most capable AEV Edition yet. AEV refers to American Expedition Vehicles, which since 1997 has become the world’s premier supplier of OE-quality, performance-driven aftermarket parts, and accessories for off-road recreational driving and overland adventure. GMC teamed up with them to provide the most appropriate additions to its already impressive AT4X models.

Lower shot of the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV’s stamped steel front bumper and red recovery hooks.

Making a Tough Truck Tougher

With the goal of making a Canyon the most capable off-road-focused truck in the midsize segment, AEV took the already very capable Canyon AT4X and added a comprehensive set of hardware to enhance its capability and durability for challenging off-road activity. The additions include:

  • 4.5-inch (114mm) factory-installed lift — 1.5-inch (38mm) more than the Canyon AT4X
  • Updated front fascia and larger fender flares to enable larger, wider tracks and ultra-high, best-in-class 12.2-inch ground clearance
  • 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
  • Exclusive AEV beadlock-capable Salta wheels
  • 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires with an additional AEV in-bed vertical spare tire mount
  • The addition of three standard auxiliary control switches enables the integration of off-road and overlanding accessories.
  • AEV branding across the vehicle, including on bumpers, embroidered head restraints, and all-weather floor liners

The lift, larger tires, and redesigned bumpers add up to an impressive 38.2-degree front approach angle, a 26.9-degree breakover angle, and a 26.0-degree departure angle. The AEV-stamped steel bumpers and skidplates are designed for serious off-road action durability should one of those figures fall short. The front bumper features integrated heavy-duty cast rear recovery points and front winch capability while providing excellent durability and corrosion resistance. The rear bumper features easily removable and reinstallation when hitting the trails.

“The GMC Canyon AT4X is an incredibly formidable platform when it comes to on- and off-road performance and capability,” said AEV CEO and founder Dave Harriton. “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.”

Lower shot of the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV’s Front Quarter Panel and Tire

New GMC Technology

Both the 2024 Canyon AT4X and AT4X AEV Edition feature an enhanced Baja drive mode with a new launch control feature. The driver first presses both the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time, which causes the engine to automatically sets itself to the optimum rpm for the most effective take-off, which occurs when the brake pedal is released. The feature learns the driving surface and can adjust engine speed and torque accordingly to improve subsequent performance on future launches. In addition, the Ultifi electronics platform has been added to all 2024 Canyons, which will enable automatic and on-demand over-the-air updates 

“The market continues to see a surge of interest in the midsize space,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president, Buick-GMC.“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 first Canyon AT4X AEV Edition models can be expected to make their way into the Buick GMC of Rochester inventory in the fall of this year. If you want one of those first arrivals to be yours, talk to one of our sales professionals about ordering yours in advance.