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GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Debuts As New Ford Ranger Raptor Rival

The rugged 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition has officially entered the off-road-ready pickup scene, where it will compete head-to-head with the Ford Ranger Raptor as a muscular truck ready to tackle any terrain. Built in conjunction with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), the forthcoming Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is touted as being the “most advanced and capable Canyon ever,” boasting a variety of tough accessories right from the factory, as covered by our sister publication GM Authority.

Said accessories include beefy 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires installed on tough AEV-exclusive beadlock-capable Salta wheels, stamped steel front and rear bumpers and hot-stamped Baron steel skid plates that protect the pickup’s more vulnerable bits from damage. A 1.5-inch lift over the “regular” Canyon offers 12.2 inches of total clearance, good for a 38.2-degree approach angle, a 26-degree departure angle, and a 26.9-degree breakover angle.

The bumpers themselves are designed by AEV to maximize approach angle and underbody protection. Meanwhile, fog lights are integrated into these bumpers, and the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is able to be outfitted with a ComeUp winch as a dealer-installed option.

Regarding what’s under the hood, the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition will feature GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque in the Turbo High-Output guise.

Comparatively, the 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor harnesses the turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost engine, rated at 405 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, routed to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission, an electronically-controlled on-demand two-speed transfer case, and front- and rear-locking differentials. The Blue Oval’s offering also features tough skid plates, and rolls on 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain KO3 tires wrapped around 17-inch wheels.

2024 Ford Ranger Raptor

2024 Ford Ranger Raptor

Pricing for the Ford Ranger Raptor starts at $56,960, including $1,595 for destination and delivery. Meanwhile, pricing for the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV has yet to be revealed.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Shelbykl

    I think Ford does not have to worry since this new drivetrain in the GM mid sizes is so slow. With all the extra weight of the big wheels and offroad stuff it is really going to be real slow. The Raptor will eat its lunch and never look back.

    1. Sgt Beavis

      I do agree with you on the powertrain side of things but there is some very nice extras on here. AEV makes some solid aftermarket gear. Raptors have always been setup for desert running, and they’re damn good at that. This appears to be more of a rock crawler.

      Anyways, I’m sure it’ll be way to expensive for me to consider anyways.

    2. Mr. Mike

      With 310hp and 430tq I don’t think the powertrain will be a hinderance to sales. The Raptor will be faster but that’s still solid for the midsize market and 0-60 isn’t the most important metric here.

    3. JohnB

      There’s plenty of Bronco owners that put 37’s on with no concern for loss in power. The only hindrance to this GMC will be price.

  2. Rob Mcginley

    Ford news new designers. The front of that Raptor looks awful.
    Put some effort into a sharper looking designs

  3. Jerry Wilke

    Since the 2024 Ford Ranger and Ranger Raptor can not be flat towed behind a Motor Home many are looking at the Canyon myself included


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