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GMC Unveils 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL; AT4 Joins Denali Atop the Trim Ladder

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It ought to shock completely nobody that after the current reveal of the new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, there wasn’t lengthy to attend earlier than we glimpsed an up to date model of the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.

The precise surprises are available how Common Motors’ truck model intends to distinguish itself from Chevrolet whereas addressing criticism from journalists and the public alike on the best way to make a greater full-size SUV.

(Full Disclosure: GMC flew me to Vail, Colorado to point out off the new GMC Yukon and let me drive a pre-manufacturing prototype. They fed me and offered me a heat mattress to sleep in. As a result of it’s chilly in Colorado in the winter.)

Whereas the lineup receives a slew of latest updates, foremost amongst them an unbiased rear suspension shared with its Chevy twin, the off-street-centric AT4 trim makes an look on the redesigned 2021 Yukon. AT4 is a well-liked choice, with as much as 20 % of GMC Sierra consumers choosing the trim. The Denali is also considerably improved, with extra care and emphasis positioned on the interior than in Denalis previous.

Earlier than diving into the specifics of the trims, let’s begin with the fundamentals. All Yukons come standard with GM’s 5.three-liter V-eight making 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. A ten-velocity automated transmission sends energy to an out there new 4-wheel drive system that GMC calls “Lively Response.”

Upgraded engine choices embrace a 6.2-liter V-eight making 420 hp and 480 lb-ft. If gasoline isn’t your jam, GM’s new three.zero-liter diesel inline-six can also be obtainable, good for 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Contemplating how spectacular it’s in the half-ton pickup, the new diesel is perhaps a compelling choice on this massive household hauler.

Digital camera tech additionally makes its means over from the pickups, with an out there 9 complete digital camera views that ought to assist make towing simpler. For many who do plan to enterprise off-street, the class-unique Air Journey Adaptive Suspension out there on the AT4 and Denali can raise the Yukon two inches to clear obstacles. There’s even an out there energy sliding middle console.

Inside area is considerably improved because of a 5-inch longer wheelbase and 6.1-inch improve in general size (for the standard Yukon). Cargo quantity in the inventory Yukon is up sixty six % behind the third row, whereas rear seat legroom expands forty one %.

The AT4 carries on the custom of different GMC fashions by enhancing the Yukon’s off-street prowess. The division’s new sub-model brings a 2-velocity switch case, 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, an off-street mode for the traction management system, hill descent management, skid plates, particular branding on its heated and ventilated seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Denali fashions obtain a particular interior remedy that takes benefit of a few of the nicest cabin supplies I’ve seen in a Denali up to now. GMC calls it the “quintessential Denali,” which hopefully means this remedy finds its method into different fashions (whose interiors are a bit missing).

There are 4 totally different shade themes for Denali, and every pairs the palate with genuine wooden trims and hand-stitched and minimize leather-based surfaces. The infotainment contact display — measuring 10 inches in all Yukon trims — doesn’t really feel like an afterthought, however moderately the middle of all the Denali’s tech features.

Denali will get the highest definition 360-diploma digital camera system of the bunch, which comes standard with a 15-inch multicolor head-up show. The loftiest Yukon additionally carries Magnetic Journey Management as standard gear.

If consumers need extra Denali goodies, they will choice up 22-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, the aforementioned adaptive air suspension, and Lively Response 4WD.

Along with displaying off the new Yukon, the people at GMC allow us to get behind the wheel of a pre-manufacturing prototype and take it for a spin.

GMC arrange a brief drive route to point out off the new know-how provided in the Yukon Denali. Throughout the course, we have been capable of demo the digital restricted-slip rear differential, regulate the experience peak by way of the air suspension setup, and discover a few of the functionality of the new Lively Response 4WD.

Whereas it’s troublesome to collect a ton of impressions from a brief loop, a number of issues undoubtedly stood out. The locking of the rear differential is comparatively seamless. In some automobiles, there is usually a little bit of a jolt when it locks up. The Yukon’s engagement is smoother.

The adjustable journey peak makes it simpler to climb and descend grades that wouldn’t usually be attainable with present strategy, break-over and departure angles, whereas the addition of an entry and exit mode does make it simpler for some people to climb in and out of this large SUV.

One different nifty addition is the capability to pick your velocity on the hill descent management. Whereas it defaults to 1 mph, velocity might be elevated through the use of the plus and minus choices on the cruise management pad.

Whereas solely a style of what’s to return, and happening inside the managed confines of GMC’s personal designed course, there’s some cool stuff occurring on the Yukon that the competitors isn’t doing. I look ahead to the alternative to actually spend a while with it in a couple of months.

The 2021 Yukon ought to hit vendor tons this summer time with pricing that’s but to be decided. As earlier than, GMC builds its largest SUVs in Arlington, Texas.

[Photos: General Motors, Chad Kirchner/TTAC]

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