Crossovers may dominate the market, but full-size body-on-frame SUVs are still a competitive segment as well. Moreover, these flagship models are a matter of prestige for many manufacturers are still developing these models, even there is a significant decrease in sales numbers. Fortunately for GM, the Yukon doesn’t have such problems, so the redesign process is going in the way it should be. According to the latest reports, the 2021 GMC Yukon release date will be scheduled for the next year.
We are about to see a lot of novelties compared to the outgoing generation. Of course, the new model will come with new styling, but we also count on completely new styling, major weight reduction and loads of new technologies. Of course, a stretched XL version will also come, as a direct rival to Ford Expedition XL. The new model will hit the market in the next year.
2021 GMC Yukon Redesign
There is no doubt that the 2021 GMC Yukon redesign is going to bring a lot of novelties. Despite that the testing model still wears a camouflage, we already know many things about the new model. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the platform. There’s no doubt that the new model will ride on GM’s new T1 platform, which debuted in new Silverado and Sierra models. Judging from the new truck, we could expect a significant weight reduction.
According to the latest reports, the new model should be for about 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. Of course, the new architecture brings notable improvements in terms of comfort and overall ride quality, while improved efficiency is another thing we expect to see. In terms of size, we don’t expect significant changes, though a wheelbase could gain a couple of inches. Another important mechanical novelty we should mention is that the new model should feature an independent rear suspension, which would definitely have a highly positive impact on comfort and overall driving experience.
Of course, the most notable redesign changes are those that come outside the vehicle. Naturally, this model won’t be an exception and will feature a completely new styling. It is hard to say anything more specific at the moment, considering that the testing model still wears a complete camouflage. Still, we may presume it will adopt many styling solutions from other models in the brand’s lineup. This includes a new C-shaped taillight design as well. We presume that the front end will be quite similar to the new Sierra.
Of course, we are counting on the new 2021 GMC Yukon Denali as well. This trim level has always been characterized by lots of distinctive styling details, including different wheels, lots of chrome details as well.
Given all the criticism that recent GM models received recently, we have no doubt that the company will put special attention to the interior design. We count on a lot of improvements compared to the previous generation. The first thing that comes to mind is interior space. As you probably know, the current generation isn’t particularly generous in terms of legroom in the third row. We expect that this issue will be solved.
Besides the new cabin look, we expect to see lots of new features as well. The current model stands pretty well in the aspect of tech goodies. On the other side, the list of standard safety features is very short. Practically, a rearview camera is the only standard safety feature. On the other side, options are numerous and we could say that all the essentials are included. For this redesign, we presume that most of these systems will become standard features, while a couple of new things are expected as well, including GM’s new semi-autonomous driving system.
2021 GMC Yukon Engines
Big novelties are about to come under the hood as well. We expect two new engine options. Base models will probably feature a new 2.7-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Also, the latest reports are suggesting that a diesel version could arrive, of course, with the same inline-six that powers the new Silverado and Sierra.
The two well-known V8 units will carry on without more important changes. The smaller 5.3-liter unit is good for about 355 horsepower and delivers 383 pound-feet of torque. The bigger 6.2-liter V8 will remain reserved for range-topping models. It delivers around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
2021 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
The new model will probably hit the market sometime in the third quarter of the next year, though we could see its premiere a little bit earlier. When it comes to the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali release date, it should be scheduled for the same time. Base models should go around 50.000 dollars.