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The GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Off-Road Concept is a sign of the times

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GMC recently unveiled a concept to showcase the brand’s capable and impressive styling and off-road performance vision. At the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, the American manufacturer unveiled the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road connect which more or less is the GMC Canyon AT4 on seriously heavy doses of off-roading steroids. By that, we mean, GMC has slapped in all the equipment that they had and just built an incredible overlander. 

Now, if you search for the term Overlanding, Wikipedia will tell you that Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal in a mechanized off-road capable transport where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for months and spanning across international boundaries. Overlanding is basically a step beyond just off-roading. And well, GMC has built a vehicle for just that. The OVERLANDX is built to go to any corner of the planet and is truly a go-anywhere, do-anything machine. 

The OVERLANDX is built on the Canyon AT4 but it looks way different than the regular vehicle. The truck had large black bumpers made out of durable, heavy-duty material and integrated recovery points sourced from AEV. Then there are multiple underbody skid plates and protectors to prevent the mechanicals of the vehicle from rocks and debris. Then there are guy lines to protect the windshield from trees and branches. 

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The OVERLANDX has a ground clearance of 10 inches and can wade water up to 32.1 inches. After that, the snorkel activates and provides air to the engine. The truck sits on massive 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires that are mounted on 17-inch AEV Cestone wheels. The truck has large fenders protruding out of its body. There’s also a full-size spare wheel mounted on the back that swivels out when you have to open the tailgate. 

Now, on the roof, there’s a large tent with a 270-degree awning and a solar panel. The truck has a bed cap built out of stainless steel that houses an electric cooler and a compact kitchenette. Plus, there are modular drawers underneath where you can stuff in food and beverages that you’d need on your overland expedition. Moreover, the bed also has large Jerry cans for fuel and water so that you never run out of those essential fluids while you’re on your adventure. Stuff like traction boards and off-road jacks are also loaded in the bed. The truck just has everything that you would ever need on an overland exploration. 

We’ve listed down the standard features offered with the Canyon AT4 OVERLANDX below:

  • Factory-fitted, wide off-road chassis with enhanced underbody coverage. 
  • Off-road rocker panels
  • Cast-iron control arms
  • Heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Integrated front recovery points
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • Wheel flares with integrated task lamps
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Spare tire swivel mount
  • Guy lines to protect the windshield from low-hanging branches
  • Heavy-duty off-road bumpers sourced from AEV
  • Stainless steel truck bed cap
  • Roof-mounted tent with 270-degree awning
  • Jerry cans for gas and water
  • Cooler and kitchenette
  • Truck bed storage with convenient drawers
  • Solar panel
  • Off-road jack and mount
  • Traction boards
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The OVERLANDX truck has the same 3.6-liter, V6 engine along with an 8-speed automatic from the AT4. The interiors are also tweaked slightly but they still retain the theme from the AT4. GMC says that it has tried to integrate premium design cues in an effort to impart the truck a rugged yet premium aura. Items like the AT4 badging and leather upholstery (which is a little surprising) have been inculcated to highlight the fact that GMC doesn’t want to compromise on style and comfort

The company further says that the truck was designed to balance functionality with aesthetics. Overlanding capabilities are important but GMC had left no stone unturned to make the truck feel comfortable and premium on the inside. 

The Canyon AT4 OVERLANDX is still a concept vehicle and GMC hasn’t yet announced any plans of production. However, we think that it’ll soon hit production given the rising demand and popularity of lifestyle off-roaders. 

A few years ago, the market didn’t quite have any true, rugged off-roading vehicles. But then came in vehicles like the Land Rover Defender, Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Ford F-150 Raptor, and of course the Canyon AT4 that spiced up this space a little bit. Now, this segment is one of the hottest segments of the car market. And, no wonder GMC sights a good market with the Canyon AT4 OVERLANDX. 

As we stated earlier, GMC says that the AT4 OVERLANDX is the perfect concept vehicle to show how the company envisions the future of the Canyon brand and how the brand is looking ahead to serve a growing customer base for off-roading and Overlanding enthusiasts. So, did GMC drop a subtle hint about bringing the OVERLANDX to the market? 

Well, it’s hard to speculate. GMC certainly did not put in all the effort to build just a concept to showcase it at just one event. The GM subsidiary does seem to have solid plans with the OVERLANDX and that’s why we believe that the Canyon AT4 OVERLANDX is the sign of the times to come. 

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