GMC has unveiled its latest overlanding project at the 2021 Overland Expo Mountain West event in Loveland, Colorado. Because every good off-road concept is obliged to carry a name, this one is called OVRLANDX. At the core of the adventure rig, under all the overland garb, is a GMC Canyon AT4 midsize truck.
OVRLANDX looks the part thanks to a roof-mounted tent, a 270-degree awning, and a solar panel. You can’t say overlanding without these quintessential off-grid accessories.
A stainless steel truck bed cap conceals an electric cooler and a convenient kitchenette, which are mounted atop a Decked drawer storage system. Cold beverages and hot food are essential while overlanding. The covered bed also houses gasoline and water Jerry cans should such supplies run low during a wilderness run. Recovery gear like traction boards for self-extraction and an off-road jack for trailside fixes also reside in the bed.
The clean and uncluttered exterior is characterized by tasteful off-road protection. The heavy-duty front bumper has a winch and integrated recovery points, and the rear bumper comes courtesy of AEV. Rocker panel protectors and a plethora of underbody skid plates defend body and running gear from rocks and debris. Guy lines from the front fenders to the roof protect the windshield from branches and Bigfoot. Should the GMC Canyon AT4 encounter 32.1 inches of water, an air-intake snorkel keeps the 3.6-liter V-6 powerplant happy.
OVRLANDX has 10.0 inches of ground clearance thanks to some sort of factory lift and 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 Mud-Terrain tires mounted on 17-inch AEV Cestone wheels. (A factory Canyon AT4 has 31-inch tires.) Clearance and protection are provided by prominent plastic wheel fender flares (which have integrated lights). A fullsize spare rides on the back of the truck and is mounted so it can swivel out of the way when the tailgate needs opening.
We think the GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX concept foreshadows something greater. This is not mere eye-candy, and it’s more than a rolling billboard that reminds show-goers that GMC is a good fit for those pursuing an adventurous outdoor lifestyle. With its Multimatic DSSV dampers, AEV-branded bumper and wheels, and front and rear electronic locking differentials, could this be a GMC version of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison? Is this this concept alluding to some sort of ZR2-based AT4, coming soon under a trademarked name like AT4X, hence the “X” in OVRLANDX?
Either way, grab your floppy hat and hit the great outdoors. Don’t forget the espresso.
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