The 2021 GMC Yukon is revealed. However, the release date is not is set yet. We will have to be patient for a bit more to see the price of the full-size SUV. General Motors is updating the entire lineup of its big rigs. Yukon is a mechanical twin to the Chevy Tahoe / Suburban, and we could get some info about the price and release date by following the latest stories about these two models.
The new Yukon is again coming in standard and extended XL versions. Besides that, there will be a heavily-packed model Denali with even more features and accessories. Furthermore, the AT4 is an off-road capable version with special upgrades.
The new 2021 GMC Yukon will be more capable than ever. The company promises extra features and equipment, not only for higher-end trims. The exterior is bolder than ever and the appearance of the Yukon will make a strong impression. The company is paying attention to details. Also, the lifted body is improving off-road capabilities, which fans of such adventures will appreciate. Roofline and roof are more aggressive and the headlights are getting the C-shaped design.
Compared to the previous edition, the new SUV introduces a drive system with notable upgrades. For a long time, we know the independent rear suspension is going to replace the old version. We don’t have details about the cargo space, but that is exactly why GMC is offering the XL version with more room inside. Towing capacity and engines will remain the same. Only the premium Cadillac Escalade could get the new twin-turbo V8 instead of a couple of V8s we see now.
2021 GMC Yukon Denali Changes
The company put a lot of effort to make the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali model more exclusive. The luxury has a new dimension thanks to the innovations we will see next season. The premium SUV will be on par with Lexus LX, Lincoln Navigator, and Infiniti QX80.
For the Denali trim, designers made the unique grille and 22-inch wheels. Besides these details, you will also see the dual exhaust system and chrome details on door handles and many other parts. While the exterior is eye-catching, the interior is stunning as well. Buttons feature chrome accents as well and the large infotainment screen is the highlight of the interior. Upholstery is leather and special stitches will boost elegance. The cabin comes in four different color schemes with special details, wood accents, and ombre effects.
2021 GMC Yukon Specs
Under the hood of the 2021 GMC Yukon remains a pair of V8 units. The base version is a 53.-liter displacement with 355 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. A ten-speed automatic gearbox forwards power to rear wheels. Optionally, the carmaker is offering an all-wheel drive as an optional mode. The engine is featuring dynamic fuel management.
Upper trim levels will also offer a 6.2-liter petrol powerplant. In this case, the outputs reach 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. That is enough for 8,500 pounds of towing capacity. The same transmission and the fuel management system are there as for the smaller displacement, but the consumption is going up. The precise mpg ratings will be unveiled later and the new Yukon could save some fuel because of the lighter materials in its body.
A Surprise – Diesel Engine
The new 2021 GMC Yukon is going to be available with the Duramax turbodiesel. A 3.0-liter powerplant debuted on the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size trucks. General Motors is getting the most powerful drivetrains in this segment. It was just a matter of time when will the company carry over a diesel unit to other big rigs. Besides the Yukon, other GM models will also offer this option to their buyers, even the luxurious Escalade.
A 3.0-liter turbodiesel is capable to produce 280 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. A special transmission is ready to distribute power to rear or all wheels. Well, the towing capacity will also get a huge boost. Still, extra power doesn’t mean too much, since trucks are the least capable of hauling. Compared to Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, Sierra and Chevy Silverado are 2,000 pounds short. Still, owners of Yukon SUV will find 9,500 lbs enough for all their needs. The new unit is available for SLT, SLE, and Denali versions.
2021 GMC Yukon Release Date
The company made the 2021 GMC Yukon official. You can follow further updates on the website. There, the company said dealerships will start sales this summer. It will probably happen after the NAIAS, which changed the date from January to June. It will draw a lot of attention, as well as market releases after the show. The price will definitely go up, probably over $55,000. It will be interesting to see what will be the price of the Denali model.