Competes with: Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia
Looks like: A GMC Sierra 1500 auto truck’s adenoids with an SUV’s body
Powertrain: 5.3-liter V-8, 6.2-liter V-8 or turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder; 10-speed automated transmission; rear- or four-wheel drive available
Hits dealerships: Summer 2020
The redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL acquire appeared, and the brace of accompanying SUVs — the XL actuality an extended-length booty on the Yukon — sees upgrades in every regard, with added technology, commuter and burden room, abeyance improvements and new powertrains.
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Parent aggregation GM redesigned the Yukon’s abutting relatives, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, for 2021, and the Chevrolet SUVs allotment powertrains and some autogenous appearance with the GMCs. Whether the Yukon has done abundant to differentiate itself as the added comfortable of the two models charcoal to be seen, but it’s account acquainted that flush Denali editions get a altered dashboard design. Still, it will be adamantine to acquaint until we can get inside.
Also offered for the aboriginal time on the Yukon will be an off-road-oriented AT4 model. That aligns with GMC’s affairs to action an AT4 adaptation of all models by the end of 2020.
The adenoids of the new Yukon will attending accustomed to those acquainted with GMC’s full-size auto truck, the Sierra 1500. GM seems to acquire aerial advanced administration for the Yukon Denali and AT4 anon from corresponding versions of the Sierra 1500, but I don’t mind. It’s a handsome accoutrement that looks both asperous and a little ostentatious, which fits with how GMC is marketed.
Exterior ambit acquire grown, abnormally for the non-XL Yukon. It’s 6.1 inches best overall, with a 4.9-inch admission in wheelbase. The Yukon XL is still some 15 inches best than its regular-length sibling, but its advance admission is smaller. The wheelbase is up 4.1 inches over the approachable Yukon XL, and all-embracing breadth is up alone about an inch.
Remember what we aloof said about the similarities to the Sierra 1500 pickup? Those end inside. The Yukon gets its own autogenous administration and technology, which looks to be a cogent advancement over the Sierra’s autogenous — the anemic articulation on an contrarily solid truck. The Yukon’s berth looks agnate to that of the Tahoe and Suburban, whose interiors afflicted us in our aboriginal look.
GMC offered little advice in the way of accepted features, so we don’t yet apperceive awning sizes for the multimedia arrangement and apparatus array — admitting it’s acceptable they’ll bout the Tahoe’s and Suburban’s 10-inch screens. The Yukon will action an alternative 15-inch askew head-up affectation additional an alternative ability sliding centermost console. The closing can accelerate up to 10 inches to accessible up a collapsed accumulator breadth with a hidden accumulator alcove that can abundance backing added securely.
Denali models don’t aloof get dressier colors or materials; they get a absolutely altered dashboard and instruments, additional altered seats, blush capacity and hand-cut leather. The multimedia awning sits lower in the birr with air vents aloft it — adverse from the high-mounted acclimatization you’ll acquisition in the added Yukons.
The admission in ambit pays big assets for burden and commuter room, abnormally in the Yukon. Third-row legroom is up added than 10 inches, which should accomplish it acceptable for adults finally. We’ve activate manufacturer-stated burden specs an capricious admeasurement of reality, but on cardboard GM appears to acquire fabricated big gains. Amplitude abaft the third-row is now 25.5 cubic anxiety (up 10.2 cubic feet) and best burden allowance is now 122.9 cubic anxiety (up 28.2 cubic feet). Assets on the Yukon XL are added modest, admitting it was already rather ample to activate with. Rear legroom is now 36.7 inches (up 2.2 inches) and best burden allowance is now 144.7 cubic feet, with 41.1 cubic anxiety of amplitude abaft the third row. Those are up 23.0 and 1.8 cubic feet, respectively. Beyond the assets in third-row amplitude is easier access, acknowledgment to 5.5 inches of bench biking from sliding second-row seats.
There are three accessible powertrains: a brace of gasoline V-8 engines and a turbo-diesel six-cylinder. The abject agent is a 5.3-liter V-8, with a 6.2-liter V-8 optional; GMC claims both engines are all new. GMC did not action ability abstracts for the abject engine, admitting the 6.2-liter will accomplish a able-bodied 420 application and 460 pounds-feet of torque. The turbo-diesel 3.0-liter Duramax six-cylinder did not acquire final outputs, but the Sierra 1500 offers the same-spec engine, area it makes 277 hp and 460 pounds-feet of torque. It’s acceptable the agent on the Yukon and Yukon XL will accomplish article in the aforementioned neighborhood. A 10-speed automated manual works with all three engines.
The redesign additionally moves to a absolutely absolute rear suspension. That matches the Suburban and aligns bigger adjoin antagonism like the Expedition, which additionally has an absolute rear. The Yukon and Yukon XL additionally get an accessible adaptive four-corner air abeyance that can acclimatize ride acme by up to 4 inches absolute as altitude dictate, including a ambience for best arena clearance.
To differentiate the Yukon and Yukon XL from the Tahoe and Suburban, the GMCs will get a altered Active Response 4WD arrangement as an option. This includes an automated two-speed alteration case and an cyberbanking limited-slip cogwheel that can about-face torque about or lock in 4WD Low.
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Automatic advanced emergency braking is accepted on the Yukon and Yukon XL, and the big SUV will additionally action affluence of alternative assurance technology. A camera-based rearview mirror, 360-degree HD cameras and rear banal alerts are all available. There are additionally affluence of new trailering assurance features, including bivouac dark atom warnings, profiles for altered trailers, and ecology for bivouac annoy burden and temperature.
We’ll accumulate a abutting eye out for appraisement and ammunition abridgement capacity (especially for the diesel) afterpiece to this summer, back the 2021 Yukon hits dealerships.
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