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GMC Unleashes the 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition

GMC Unleashes the 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition

2023-07-06

  • Building off the strong AT4X foundation, AEV Edition takes capability even further
    with additional 1.5-inch lift, 35-inch tires and upgraded hardware
  • Enhanced off-road capability matched with signature GMC premium appointments
  • 2024 Canyon also includes upgraded technology features across the lineup

DETROIT – Less than a year after the introduction of the next-generation 2023 Canyon, GMC has raised the bar with the 2024 Canyon. This model takes the capability and connectivity of Canyon to new heights with the introduction of both the Ultifi end-to-end software platform and the first ever Canyon AT4X AEV Edition.

“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.”

First introduced on the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500, AEV Editions are now available across the GMC truck lineup, underpinning the brand’s focus on delivering premium, advanced and authentically capable trucks in North America.

Taking Canyon to the next level

The next-generation Canyon continues to pursue its goal of becoming the most capable and premium off-road-focused midsize truck in the segment. The 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition takes the power and versatility of the Canyon AT4X to new heights with an even more assertive stance, enhanced hardware and further upgrades to the vehicle chassis including:

  • 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires with an additional AEV in-bed vertical spare tire mount
  • Updated front fascia and larger fender flares to enable larger, wider tracks and ultra-high, best in class 12.2-inch ground clearance1
  • 4.5-inch (114mm) factory-installed lift — 1.5-inch (38mm) more than the Canyon AT4X
  • 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
  • The addition of three standard auxiliary control switches which enable the integration of off-road and overlanding accessories.
  • Exclusive AEV beadlock-capable Salta wheels
  • AEV branding across the vehicle, including on bumpers, embroidered head restraints and all-weather floor liners

“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.”

With a more assertive lift and new AEV hardware, the 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition can now achieve a 38.2-degree front approach angle, a 26.9-degree breakover angle and an optimized 26.0-degree departure angle. These bumpers are designed for serious off-road action, featuring integrated heavy-duty cast rear recovery points and front winch capability, while providing excellent durability and corrosion resistance. The rear bumper also features removable corners intended for easy removal and reinstallation when hitting the trails.

Next-Gen technology

Canyon continues to bolster its suite of advanced technology. Now for the 2024 model year, Canyon’s Baja drive mode — available exclusively on the Canyon AT4X and AT4X AEV Edition — has been enhanced to include a new launch control feature, which allows drivers to press the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time, and then release the brake pedal, resulting in improved acceleration on- and off-road. This smart launch control feature learns the driving surface and can adjust engine speed and torque accordingly to improve subsequent performance on future launches2.

Additionally, all 2024 Canyons will be able to add new features and software updates over time with the introduction of GM’s Ultifi Platform. Ultifi is GM’s new end-to-end vehicle software platform that enables the delivery of features and services to customers over the air, meaning these off-road aids can be updated and new experiences can be added in the future.

“The market continues to see a surge of interest in the midsize space,” said Aldred. “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.”

Coming later this year

The next-generation Canyon is produced at GM’s Wentzville Assembly in Wentzville, Missouri3. The 2024 Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is expected to be available for customer orders later this year.

1Based on latest competitive data available.
2Some updates and premium features may be at additional cost.
3Of globally sourced parts

About GMC
GMC offers a range of premium trucks and SUVs designed and engineered to the highest standard. With vehicles like the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon, all-new Canyon and Sierra light-duty, as well as the world’s first all-electric supertruck, the GMC HUMMER EV, our trucks and SUVs deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies, precise engineering and premium execution. Built on a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902, GMC now sells in a dozen countries across the world. Details on all models are available at www.gmc.com, Instagram at @GMC, Twitter at @GMC or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

About AEV
American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) has now been on the cutting edge of the 4WD industry for over 25 years, continuously pushing the boundaries of design and innovation. The goal has always been simple: provide the highest quality off-road parts and accessories available anywhere in the world, period.

Expect lower gas prices this July 4th weekend

Travelers will likely encounter packed highways this 4th of July weekend. But the good news is that gasoline prices are cheaper this year. 

The national average price of gas was $3.55 per gallon on Thursday, down from $4.87 one year ago, according to AAA

“Gasoline prices are about $1.30 less this year compared to last,” AAA Northeast Senior Manager Robert Sinclair Jr. told Yahoo Finance Live (video above) on Thursday. He noted thatdemand for gasoline is down 4.4% so far this year, and 20% below 2019.”

Sinclair said that while car travel is still popular, travelers have less money for non-essential driving due to inflation.

“People for the holiday, they will be traveling, but for the rest of the year, they’re pulling back a bit as far as the road trips are concerned,” he added. 

The decline in driving fuel costs comes during a downward trend in crude oil amid concerns of a recession. West Texas Intermediate (CL=F) was trading just north of $70 per barrel on Thursday versus one year ago when it closed at $109.78. 

“Economic growth, particularly in China, has been disappointing year-to-date, and this has weighed on oil demand,” Peter McNally, global sector lead for industrials, materials, and energy at Third Bridge, told Yahoo Finance.

Oil prices could tick higher into the second half of the year as US strategic petroleum reserve releases are scheduled to end this month and additional output cuts announced by Saudi Arabia are scheduled to start July 1.

“A key factor remains consumer health. Improving consumer sentiment and a still solid labor market should support demand into the fall,” Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Seattle, told Yahoo Finance.

Even with lower gas prices, the holiday weekend is expected to be busy, Sinclair said.

The majority of travelers — 85% — will be driving to their destination for their July 4th holiday, according to AAA. While about 4.1 million will fly to their destination this year, a whopping 43 million drivers will hit the road. 

Expect most of the traffic on Thursday and Friday in what will likely amount to a five-day holiday through Tuesday, July 4.

Ines is a senior business reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter at @ines_ferre

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I-95 bridge reopens, less than two weeks after tanker explosion [UPDATE]

The Interstate 95 bridge in Philadelphia destroyed by a tanker explosion less than two weeks ago reopened to traffic in the noon hour today (Friday), with Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro presiding over a press conference this morning and workers putting final touches on a temporary span.

Construction of a permanent replacement bridge to get traffic flowing again on the East Coast’s main north-south highway is expected to take months, so the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) elected to construct temporary lanes in both directions to allow traffic to return to the freeway while work on the adjacent span is underway. 

PennDOT created an information portal on its website for updates on the repair efforts. On Thursday evening, the agency posted an update saying that travel restrictions on streets surrounding the overpass should lift on Friday as three temporary lanes will open in each direction on I-95. The new lanes are in place, and PennDOT finalized median and barrier placement this morning before allowing traffic to re-enter the interstate. Temporary repair efforts were hampered this week by wet weather, which made curing asphalt and applying lane markings difficult. Pocono Raceway and NASCAR stepped up, providing one of its jet dryer trucks to aid in drying the surface. 

The bridge collapsed early on June 11 after a fatal gasoline tanker truck crash started a massive blaze beneath the bridge that thoroughly compromised its structure. State transportation officials said the driver, who was killed, lost control around a curve. There were no other deaths or injuries.

The closure of an important commercial artery snarled traffic in and around Philadelphia and forced cars and trucks to detour around the area. State and federal officials pledged quick action to minimize the economic impact and inconvenience.

To get I-95 operating again as quickly as possible, workers used about 2,000 tons (1,814 metric tons) of lightweight glass nuggets to fill the underpass and bring it up to surface level, then paved over to create three lanes of travel in each direction.

The 24-hour construction work was live-streamed, drawing thousands of viewers online.

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President Joe Biden joined Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro on a helicopter tour of the site a little more than a week after the collapse and praised the design as “incredibly innovative in order to get this work done in record time.’’

“Based on the tremendous progress these crews made over the weekend and the time it takes to complete the remaining steps, I can now say that we will have I-95 back open this weekend,” Shapiro said Tuesday afternoon. “We have worked around the clock to get this done, and we’ve completed each phase safely and ahead of schedule. That’s all due to the incredible coordination with our local, state, and federal partners – and thanks to the hard-working men and women of the Philadelphia Building Trades who are making this happen.”

Permanent repairs are projected to take months with an estimated cost of at least $30 million, PennDOT said. 

The Philadelphia disaster echoed a similar situation in Atlanta, where an elevated portion of Interstate 85 collapsed in a fire, shutting down the heavily traveled route through the heart of the city in March 2017. It took authorities there 43 days to replace it.

In Oakland, California, a collapsed highway ramp was replaced in 26 days. And an I-5 bridge in Washington state collapsed in 2013 when an oversize truck hit a bridge truss; cars and their occupants were thrown in the Skagit River, but no one died. Two temporary prefabricated structures were put in place and the interstate reopened in 27 days. 

To view live video of the construction work via the state Department of Transportation, go to: https://www.penndot.pa.gov/RegionalOffices/district-6/Pages/AlertDetails.aspx

Includes reporting from the Associated Press.