Crossovers might be selling like hotcakes, but GM is committed to full-size SUVs and there’s showing that resolve today by unveiling the all-new Yukon and Yukon XL.
Set to go on sale later this year, the Yukon is instantly recognizable as it’s front fascia closely echoes the Sierra. Just like the pickup, the Yukon features a prominent grille which is flanked by C-shaped headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. Further below, there’s LED fog lights and a more aerodynamic front bumper.
Moving further back, there’s an evolutionary body with more prominent character lines. The model also adopts a rakish C-pillar, sculpted doors and a relatively flat roof. The rear end also echoes the Tahoe and Suburban, but designers added L-shaped headlights for a bit of differentiation.
While the models look pretty familiar, they’ve grown in size. The standard Yukon is 6.7 inches (170 mm) longer and gains a 4.9 inch (124 mm) larger wheelbase. Thanks to this, the model has an additional 3 inches (76.2 mm) of second row legroom and a whopping 10.1 inches (257 mm) of extra third seat legroom. Furthermore, cargo capacity climbs 28.2 cubic feet (798 liters) to 122.9 cubic feet (3,480 liters) overall.
The Yukon XL is also larger than before, but the differences are smaller. Length climbs 1.3 inches (33 mm), while the wheelbase grows by 4.1 inches (104 mm). Second and third row legroom climbs by 2.3 and 2.2 inches (58 and 56mm) respectively, while there’s a massive cargo capacity of 144.7 cubic feet (4097 liters).
Moving into the cabin, drivers will find an improved design with higher quality materials. Highlights include a 10-inch infotainment system, an 8-inch digital display in the instrument cluster and a 15-inch head-up display. Customers can also get a panoramic glass sunroof and a rear seat entertainment system features two 12.6-inch touchscreen displays.
Under the hood, the Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 that produces 355 hp (265 kW / 360 PS) and 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) of torque. It features cylinder deactivation technology and is connected to a new ten-speed automatic transmission.
Upgrading to the luxurious Denali variants rewards buyers with a 6.2-liter V8 that develops 420 hp (313 kW / 426 PS) and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a newly available 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 277 hp (207 kW / 281 PS) and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque.
Sticking with the performance theme, the Yukon and Yukon XL feature an all-new independent multilink rear suspension that promises to dramatically improve comfort and driving dynamics. The ride can further be enhanced by an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control.
Like many modern vehicles, the Yukon can be equipped with a host of driver assistance systems. These include Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and Rear Pedestrian Alert. Other features include Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Front and Rear Park Assist.