The 2021 GMC Yukon is slated to arrive with a complete overhaul, including an all-new platform, exterior and interior. We’ve covered a number of these aesthetic changes before, and now we have additional information about what the full-sizer will look like.
According to sources involved with the design of the vehicle, the 2021 GMC Yukon will feature a rising window line, similar to what’s currently present on the current GMC Terrain, GMC Acadia, GMC Canyon, as well as the all-new GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD.
For those who may be drawing a blank, the design feature in question is the lower window trim surround, otherwise known as the Daylight Opening (DLO). On many vehicles – like the current GMC Yukon – this element is a straight line from front to back. However, on the 2021 GMC Yukon, the line will rise towards the rearmost section of the rear doors.
The design element has propagated across the GMC retail vehicle lineup in recent years, and the Yukon is currently the only GMC model to not feature a rising DLO kink (GMC Savana van notwithstanding). As such, adopting the upward DLO kink on the rear doors will bring the 2021 GMC Yukon in step with other GMC models from a design standpoint.
Other notable styling features for the 2021 GMC Yukon will include completely new sheetmetal, new tail lamps with a bold C-shaped design that will stretch horizontally into the tailgate, a new fascia highlighted by a fresh grille treatment, quad exhaust pipes, and “exceptional attention to detail” elsewhere in the model.
While the new styling will help bring the 2021 GMC Yukon more closely in line to the rest of the GMC stable, it will also to help differentiate it from other full-size GM SUVs, such as the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe.
Further changes for the 2021 GMC Yukon include updated infotainment features, a restyled interior, lower curb weight, and a new independent rear suspension. The next-gen Yukon will be built on the GM T1 vehicle platform, the same bones as the 2019 GMC Sierra and 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.