Expressive, cohesive designs like the Yukon’s don’t come together overnight. Car designs usually go through several stages before the final production design is greenlit and GMC’s latest full-size SUV is no exception.
This design sketch was uploaded to the GM Design Instagram page recently. The sketch, which was penned by automotive exterior design Thomas Bergeron, appears to be an early design sketch for the 2021 GMC Yukon.
Sketches like these help guide the exterior design team during the vehicle development process, though not all features seen on design sketches make it to production. While the 2021 GMC Yukon was very clearly inspired by these sketches, the vehicle in the drawings is not identical to the production SUV. The grille is smaller, the headlights are a slightly different shape, the lower front fascia is less sporty-looking and, most notably, the trapezoidal exhaust openings are not present. A version of the taillights did make it to production, though the actual lights are more of an ‘L’ shape rather than the ‘U’ shape.
The 2021 GMC Yukon recently began arriving at dealerships in the United States. The SUV comes with a 5.3L L84 V8 engine producing 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The Denali models, meanwhile, comes with a 6.2L L87 V8 producing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
The SUV will eventually be offered with a 3.0L LM2 inline-six turbodiesel engine, but is expected to be a late availability option for the 2021 model year. Prices for the 2021 GMC Yukon start at $51,995.