The 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL UnveiledJan 15th, 2020
GMC introduced the all-new 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL in Denali and AT4 trims. Sharing the platform with the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban, the new Yukon has new styling, more interior space, more safety and convenience features, as well as a new Duramax diesel engine option.
The new look of the 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL takes a lot of its inspiration from current GMC models. In the front, the LED daytime running light, LED headlamps, and LED fog lamps are similar to that of the GMC Sierra 1500. The front grille has a bold and “in your face” design with the trademark diamond shape for the Denali trim. The AT4 receives a metal skid plate on the front and underneath as well as red recovery hooks.
Around back, the 2021 GMC Yukon has the C-shape tail lights which are similar to those of the GMC Terrain. The rear-most roof pillar is black to give the illusion of a floating roof design and the Denali trim consists of quad exhaust pipes.
Like the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban, the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL have grown in size. This is most evident when sitting in the 3rd row seats.
The overall length of the SUV has grown by 4.9 inches for the Yukon and 4.1 inches for the XL version. This added 10.1 inches and 2.2 inches of legroom in the 3rd row for the Yukon and Yukon XL respectively. Furthermore, cargo capacity behind the 3rd row has increased by 10.2 inches for the Yukon and 1.8 inches for the XL. Getting into the third row is also easier on the 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL thanks to new sliding 2nd row seats that improve ingress and egress.
Under The Body
Arguably the biggest change for the new SUVs is what you can’t see. For the first time, the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL will have fully independent suspension on all four corners. This type of suspension will greatly improve the ride to provide a supple and comfortable driving experience for all passengers. Magnetic Ride Control will keep body roll to a minimum and will be able to adjust much more quickly than traditional shocks to road bumps and imperfections. Customers will be able to opt for air suspension on higher trim models of the Yukon and XL. The Air Ride Adaptive Suspension offers height adjustments of up to 4-inches in total as well as an automatic self-leveling feature.
Under the hood of the new Yukon will be 3 engine options for customers to choose from. A 5.3L V8 producing 355 hp with Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) and auto start/stop will be the standard engine. A 6.2L V8 with DFM and auto start/stop that produces 420 hp will be an option on higher trim models as well as the 3.0L Inline-6 cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engine that is found in the GMC Sierra 1500. This engine produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque plus it has the added benefit of providing better fuel economy than the gasoline engines. All engines will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with power going to the rear wheels or all four wheels.
The 2021 GMC Yukon employs an all-new 4x4 system dubbed the Active Response 4WD System. It is a combination of technical systems including a 2-speed transfer case, an advanced traction control & stability control system, and a new electronic limited slip differential. Coupled with the new multilink independent rear suspension, the Yukon offers the ride sophistication and isolating characteristics typically associated with smaller vehicles but scaled for the capability requirements of GMC’s full-size SUV customers.
The top Denali trim of the all-new 2021 GMC Yukon can be equipped with every safety and convenience feature that is in the GMC catalogue. Features such as emergency automatic braking, HD rear vision camera, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity are standard across all models. However, features such as heated and ventilated front seats, 15” heads-up display, rear camera mirror, HD surround vision, rear pedestrian alert, wireless phone charging, rear entertainment system, and many more can be equipped if you opt for the top Denali trim.
Exact specifications on trim features will be available closer to the launch of the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL in mid-2020.
Eagle Ridge GM – Coquitlam, British Columbia