GM’s full-size GMC Yukon SUV may soon debut in Australia if recently discovered trademark filings are an indicator of plans to introduce the vehicle “down under.”
Drive speculates the three-row SUV may find its way to Australian dealerships by sometime in calendar year 2024, since there is basically no local information available about its arrival as of late March 2023.
GM operates as General Motors Specialty Vehicles or GMSV in Australia and New Zealand. Currently, no members of the GMSV dealer network have received any news about the GMC Yukon coming to Australian showrooms.
GMSV itself says it doesn’t currently “have any announcements to make.” Its representatives also state the trademark filings are “common practice for GM to secure key trademarks globally” and that registering nameplates is simply “to protect them from unapproved usage.”
GM has only trademarked a small fraction of its nameplates in Australia, however. Besides the GMC Yukon, Drive found a trademark filing for the Cadillac Lyriq EV. Interestingly, a right-hand-drive Cadillac Lyriq was also spotted undergoing testing in February 2023, sporting a steering wheel position suitable for Australia and New Zealand as well as other foreign markets such as the U.K. or Japan.
Several GM models are already available in Australia. These include the Chevy Silverado pickup truck, remanufactured with a conversion to right-hand-drive configuration by Walkinshaw Automotive Group, and the popular Chevy Corvette which is built in RHD configuration directly at the GM Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky.
The process of converting the GMC Yukon for export to Australia could be made easier by the fact that it shares its GM T1 platform with the Chevy Silverado. With an existing right-hand-drive Silverado already in production, some of the components needed for a Yukon conversion to the same configuration are almost certain to be currently available in GM’s supply chain.
As a reminder, the standard U.S. version of the 2023 GMC Yukon is offered with three powertrain options. Two of these are gasoline options, including the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine, rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque and the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine developing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
GM also offers a single diesel option for the 2023 GMC Yukon, the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine, rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both gasoline and diesel engines are paired with a GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
GMC Yukon production takes place at the GM Arlington plant in Texas.