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The 2021 GMC Yukon debuts with a gobs of engineering novelties

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist January 16, 2020 at 10:14 AM
GMC on Tuesday revealed its Yukon and Yukon XL with a complete redesign. You get an off-road focussed AT-4 model and an optional Duramax straight-six diesel engine. General Motors will also introduce an air-ride suspension later while the Denali specific interior is disclosed.

The 2021 GMC Yukon looks more imposing than before, and its new grille is just the tip of the iceberg. For the model year 2021, the Yukon gets its first-ever AT4 trim. Besides that, its Denali variant has also been given new attributes. So the 2021 GMC Yukon is not only more capable but also more premium than before. Everything about the beloved Yukon has been pushed to new heights quite literally.

GMC Yukon At4 and Yukon XL

The 2021 Yukon is taller than before while its wheelbase has also been stretched by four inches. Its massive hood and redesigned grille further highlight the strength of this hulking SUV. Below the sculpted hood, and at the sides of the new grille, updated C-shaped LED lights will make you want to look what lies beyond. When you do, you will be taken aback by the sophisticated roofline proudly underscoring the Yukon’s stature and refined artistry. Its Denali variant further elevates that unmistakable craftsmanship.

GMC Yukon AT4

To begin with, the Denali-specific grille of the 2021 Yukon includes more than 10,000 different surfaces. Even though no two pieces are the same, they come together to showcase a tasteful design. Other premium finishes that enhance the Yukon Denali’s imposing appearance feature bright roof rails, chrome-finished door handles and body claddings, 22-inch polished machined aluminium wheels with accents and dual stainless-steel exhaust tips.

GMC Yukon AT4

Also, as the Yukon is GMC’s first vehicle to introduce the Denali trim, its Denali-specific cabin has been further fortified with additional driver-oriented features. They include chrome-accented buttons and controls, a Denali-exclusive instrument panel also in chrome, first and second-row perforated leather seats with Fractal stitching, bright door sills and logically placed Denali logos across the cabin. Nevertheless, the 2021 Yukon’s interior is lined with eye-catching design, modern necessities and the levels of driving comfort this GMC is known for.

GMC Yukon Denali

It now features the class-leading power centre console, which slides vertically by as much as 10-inches when you press and hold a switch. At the same time, a storage unit under the centre console locks itself up when the car is in valet mode for enhanced security of contents. Furthermore, a lowered frame, which results from an independent rear suspension design, pushes third-row legroom by as much as 40%. This also allows for best-in-class cargo volume, making the 2021 Yukon even more practical than before. While the rear liftgate now opens at a lower angle to make loading and unloading of cargo that much easier, a first-ever four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension amplifies the experience of floaty comfort.

GMC Yukon Interior

The air ride adaptive suspension automatically adjusts the level of dampness with the help of variable-rate air springs to deliver exceptional heights of indulgence no matter where you take this Yukon regardless of the weight it carries. This system also adjusts the Yukon’s ride-height in situations when you need to load or unload cargo or even when you want to enter or exit it. In addition to this air ride adaptive suspension system, the Yukon Denali also gets the Magnetic Ride Control feature for smoother driving pleasure. Other pieces of equipment aboard the 2021 Yukon include 10.2-inch touchscreen, a head-up display, 12.6-inch LCD touchscreen for the rear seats, which are the largest in the segment, and several other nitty-gritty.

GMC Yukon  rear infotainment system

The Yukon’s all-new AT4 variant’s unique front end substantiates a 32-degree first approach for climbing steep inclines. It also gets 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires for better traction during off-roading. Additionally, the all-new Active Response 4WD system integrated into the Yukon AT4 seamlessly channels torque sent to the wheels for enhanced grip. The horizontal torch-red recovery hooks up front further improve functionality. So the first-ever 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 exhibits an arsenal of robust capabilities to comfortably take on sharp gradients and broken terrains without compromising cabin refinement.

GMC Yukon Denali Interior

A 5.3-litre EcoTec V8 is offering 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. Torque will power the Yukon AT4 alongside its SLE and SLT variants. On the other hand, the Yukon Denali will make use of a 6.2-litre EcoTec V8 engine producing 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. Torque. GMC has also introduced an all-new Duramax 3.0-litre TurboDiesel inline six-cylinder powertrain for those looking for an expansive driving range and extended capability. This engine will be available for the SLE, SLT and Denali models exclusively. Regardless of the choice of what powers your Yukon, a 10-speed automatic transmission will manipulate power and torque from the engine to the wheels.

GMC Yukon Denali

All models of the 2021 GMC Yukon will be available at dealerships from the summer of 2020, prices of which will also be announced during the same.

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