Following the redesign of the full-size pickup trucks, General Motors is working on the new-generation, body-on-frame, large SUVs. The Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, as well as a premium Cadillac Escalade, will be all-new for the 2021 model year and the same will be with the 2021 GMC Yukon.
The full-size, truck-derived SUVs are known for their impressive towing capability and ample passenger and cargo capacity. The GMC Yukon delivers these but combined with high-class interior and looks. The current generation Yukon arrived in 2015 and the 2021 version will initialize the fifth generation of the model.
The new Yukon will again share the underpinning and powertrains with the popular and recently redesigned Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. The new version will also adopt the independent rear suspension. The model should appear with the styling cues from the newest GMC Sierra truck and brand’s recent SUVs. There will also be the new generation of tech and safety equipment. The model will again return in standard and long-wheelbase configurations.
2021 GMC Yukon: Design
The new generation 2021 GMC Yukon was spotted several times while testing covered with the thick camouflage. Despite the prototype hides most of its styling and there are no many official details about the model we can draw some conclusions about the new version.
Like other large SUVs from General Motors, the new GMC Yukon will be based on the GMT T1XX platform which is already found under the new generation Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. The new lightweight architecture will provide multiple benefits for the new Yukon including weight reduction and better performance.
The new generation GMC Yukon will also switch to the independent rear suspension which will improve models’ ride quality and interior comfort but could, in turn, harm maximum towing capability.
The styling of the model will also be more modern. The heavily camouflaged prototype models don’t reveal much but we can detect some familiar cues. The new Yukon will remain boxy-shaped model but should appear with more modern styling elements and sharper body lines. The model will get the new grille version likely similar to that of the new GMC Sierra trucks. The new headlights will also share a similar design with the relative truck version. There will be eye-catchy C-shaped running lights like on the new GMC models while Yukon seems to have updated styling with the additional LED line in the upper section.
The rear will also be redesigned and model will get new vertical taillights formed from LED elements.
There are no many details or spy photos of the new Yukon’s interior. We don’t know also would there be some dimension changes although the lack of the live rear axle should open more room in the rear row.
The model should also get the new dash with the new generation infotainment platform and instrument cluster. The new Yukon will provide Wi-Fi hotspot, smartphone support, and other concentricity options starting from the base version. The modern safety equipment will also be available from the entry-level version.
The upper grades will employ more comfort and tech features and add missing safety equipment. There will also be suspension upgrades and unique trim exaction in the top trims. The Denali version will use unique grille and add more chrome from outside while the premium, perforated leather and attractive trim accents will be used inside the cabin.
2021 GMC Yukon: Performance
With the benefits from the new platform and independent rear suspension, the new 2021 GMC Yukon will also get upgraded powertrain range.
There will again be a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with the output around 420 hp and torque of 460 pound-feet. The engine should, however, get the new generation fuel management technologies. The 5.3-liter V-8 should also return with improved efficiency. The 10-speed automatic transmission will also be the part of the deal and buyers will choose between two- and four-wheel drive.
The new Yukon could also employ a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 engine or even 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol.
2021 GMC Yukon: Release, Price
The redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon should reveal more details in the coming months. The mode will go on sale in late 2020. The price should again start in low-$50, 000 range. The Denali version will demand around $70, 000.