Much to our dismay, the much-anticipated mid-cycle refresh of the GMC Yukon did not take place for the 2024 model year. Instead, the 2024 GMC Yukon receives only a handful of minor changes (see 2024 GMC Yukon changes). We now expect Big Red to refresh its full-size SUV for the 2025 model year.
Naturally, the refresh will include a variety of important updates and changes, many of which GM Authority has already uncovered, so we’re putting it all together to tell you everything we know and expect from the refreshed 2025 GMC Yukon and its longer variant, the 2025 GMC Yukon XL.
Before we get into the changes, let’s first define some terms. The 2025 Yukon will represent a refresh, otherwise known as a Mid-Cycle Enhancement (MCE) or update. In other words, it won’t be an all-new vehicle, but rather an update to the current, fifth-generation model – as the name implies – in the middle of its life.
That means that the 2025 GMC Yukon will remain a full-size SUV and the overwhelming majority of the vehicle will carry over from the current generation model. What will change are the designs of the front and rear fascias, along with new wheel sizes and designs, along with an updated interior, particularly the cockpit. A new turbo-diesel engine is also expected, as is 5G connectivity to replace the 4G connection in current models.
The 2024 Yukon range was offered in regular-length Yukon and extended-length Yukon XL body styles across the following trim levels:
- Denali Ultimate
We don’t expect any changes to the model line for the 2025 Yukon, but it’s possible that SLE and SLT trims will be replaced by Elevation and Elevation Premium, respectively. This would bring the Yukon in line with the new GMC Y-trim level strategy.
The exterior design will be updated to include a new front fascia with the GMC’s latest signature C-shaped headlight treatment. Sources tell us that the design will be similar to what we see on the 2024 GMC Acadia. There will also be a set of new fog lights along with a new roof-mounted communications fin for 5G connectivity.
Further updates will take place at the rear via a revised set of tail lamps and small changes to the rear fascia. The exhaust outlets will also be redesigned, with lower end models featuring dual through-fascia finishers, while others will get a quad-tipped setup.
There will also be several new wheel options, including a set of new 24-inch wheels, along with new exterior color options.
The 2025 GMC Yukon will get an overhauled cockpit featuring a new digital instrument panel (gauge cluster) plus a new, larger infotainment screen. Though the exact sizes of the displays is currently unknown, we do know that these changes will also result in various revisions to the center stack and dash as a whole.
It’s unclear whether the Denali and Denali Ultimate models will continue with a unique cockpit layout, or whether all trim levels will migrate to the same layout.
Accompanying the changes to the dash and screen will be a new shifter mechanism, moving away from the push-pull style setup used currently to a lever on the right side of the steering column. This digital lever has appeared on several GM models, but the first GMC model to get it is the all-new 2024 GMC Acadia.
We expect the 2025 GMC Yukon to be offered with three engine options, starting with the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine and the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, as offered previously. Notably, the refreshed Yuke is expected to introduce the 3.0L I6 LZ0 turbodiesel Duramax engine to the lineup, replacing the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel baby Duramax offered previously. This straight-six turbo-diesel may even be offerred on the Yukon AT4 as an option. For the 2021, 2022 and 2023 model years, the AT4 did not offer the LM2 diesel due to the packaging constraints of the off-roader’s unique high-cut fascia.
All three engines will once again connect to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission, with both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive offered to put the power to the ground.
Under the body, the 2025 GMC Yukon will continue riding on the GM T1 platform, which has been the case since the launch of the current generation model for the 2021 model year.
Availability & Production
The refreshed 2025 GMC Yukon will be sold in North America, the Middle East, and select export markets. We expect a debut before the end of 2023.
Production will likely begin toward the end of the 2024 calendar year at the GM Arlington plant in Texas.
Our spies have captured the refreshed 2025 GMC Yukon in prototype form on various occasions, including:
- February 2022: 2025 GMC Yukon refresh spied testing for the very first time
- March 2022: 2025 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate caught testing
- March 2023: a glimpse of the 2025 Yukon interior
- March 2023: 2025 GMC Yukon AT4 caught testing
- July 2023: a closer look at the 2025 GMC Yukon’s lights
- July 2023: 2025 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate caught testing
- July 2023: another look at the 2025 Yukon’s interior