The next-generation GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL debuted today in a special media event in Vail, Colorado. The overhauled flagship SUVs arrive with a fresh design inside and out, a raft of new technology features, more space in the cabin, and the addition of the Yukon AT4 trim level.
The Denali trim level also makes its return, this time with an exclusive interior design highlighted by a new Power Sliding Center Console. The Power Sliding Center Console is also offered on the AT4 and SLT trim levels, and enhances available storage.
Additionally, the Denali is equipped with unique seats and offered with four unique interior color theme choices, each of which is paired with authentic wood trim and leather surfaces.
Meanwhile, the off-road-ready 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 comes equipped with a unique front fascia and available four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension with as much as two inches of additional ground clearance. The AT4 also gets a two-speed transfer case, 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, Hill Descent Control, and skid plates, plus aesthetic differences pulled from the GMC Sierra AT4, such as dark body accents and red recovery hooks.
Even more rough stuff prowess can be had with the optional Active Response 4WD System, which combines a number systems into one. These include the transfer case, traction control, chassis control, and differential.
On the tech front, the 2021 GMC Yukon comes with upwards of nine camera views around the vehicle, and includes GMC’s ProGrade trailering system. There’s also an optional 15-inch diagonal Head-Up Display.
Three engine options are on deck. The naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 engine is standard on the Denali, and produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the rest of the line comes standard with the naturally aspirated 5.3L L84 V8, while the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax joins the lineup as an option for the 2021 model year. Each engine mates to the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, look for more space for people and things, including an extra 2.2 inches of third-row legroom and an extra 23 cubic-feet of max cargo volume for the Yukon XL, as well as an extra 10.1 inches of third-row legroom and an extra 28.2 cubic-feet of max cargo room for the standard Yukon.
Under the skin, the 2021 GMC Yukon is based on the GM T1 vehicle platform, and now comes equipped with a multilink independent rear suspension.
We have a lot more to say about the next-generation 2021 GMC Yukon coming down the pipeline, so stay tuned. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more GMC Yukon news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.