The first spy photos are here. However, heavy camo is dividing opinions among experts. While some say that the new 2021 GMC Yukon is being tested, GM Authority claims the rendered image is not showing the big rig. Still, the redesign is what we expect of the SUV.
Even the new generation is possible. Its GM twins, Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, will launch a new series in 2021. These models are closely linked, and we will see a lot of similarities. One of them could be a twin-turbo V8 engine. So far, we know more details about its siblings, than for the Yukon.
There are some certain things about the upcoming SUV. For example, the top of the lineup is reserved for the Denali model. That is the premium version for most GMC vehicles. Also, Yukon XL will be an extended version (Suburban is long Tahoe).
Besides these expectations, there are some interesting rumors. We mentioned a new petrol engine. But, it is more intriguing to see if the 2021 GMC Yukon Diesel is making the appearance. A Duramax unit is available for the Chevy Silverado truck, and it seems the next destination for a turbodiesel drivetrain is engine rooms of GM’s full-size SUVs.
New V8 Engine is Almost Ready
Recently, we could hear that GM is preparing the new unit. It is a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 drivetrain. The company announced this 18 months ago as a part of the Cadillac lineup. CTS and CTS V are vehicles that should get it first. However, it didn’t take too long to find a connection with the full-size SUV lineup.
According to early estimations, the 4.2-liter V8 will be capable to produce 550 hp and 627 lb-ft. Still, experts are sure that lighted configuration with 500 hp will be under the bonnet of the new Yukon. The company could use this drivetrain for the Denali trim.
2021 GMC Yukon Diesel Specs
The total overhaul of the engine room will be complete if the company gives the green light for a diesel unit. A 3.0-liter V6 turbo engine is already available for the Silverado 1500 pickup truck. Compared to the fiercest rivals, Ford and FCA, the Duramax mill is the most potent. The turbodiesel mill can produce 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the current petrol lineup, that is the same level of twist, but the diesel unit returns a better fuel economy.
Which Models of the 2021 GMC Yukon Are The Best?
Definitely, there will be a lot of choices for buyers of the 2021 GMC Yukon. The company will keep at least one (if not both) drivetrains from the current edition. Of course, there is also a selection between 2WD and 4WD. There will be a kind of 2021 GMC Yukon for everyone.
If you are looking for a full-size SUV at a reasonable price, then the entry-level model is the best option. It is spacious, the interior is comfortable, and the exterior is aggressive and big enough to make a statement. But, if you are looking for particular upgrades, then you can choose luxury or utility.
If you are after premium upgrades, we recommend the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali version. It is going to be full of advanced features. For example, the current package is offering unique grille and wheels. Interior highlights are an 8-inch screen for infotainment, which also comes with premium audio (by Bose) and navigation. Active Noise Cancellation, Head-Up Display, and unique colors for the leather upholstery are taking the luxury to another level. And the price too.
AT4 is a package specialized for an off-road drive. Currently available only for the GMC Sierra 1500 truck, the company is ready to make its SUV an all-terrain model. If this happens, the 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 is going to be lifted with the special suspension setup. Both interior and exterior will get unique treatment. When the diesel engine debuts, it will be for this model for sure.
2021 GMC Yukon XL
We still don’t know if the new Yukon is going to be larger after the redesign. But, if the base model is not big enough, then the 2021 GMC Yukon XL version adds extra space. The current model is 14 inches longer. Speaking in storage space, that is good for 27 cu.ft more than for the standard edition (122 cubic feet total). The seating capacity for both versions is eight, and the XL model also offers the Denali package. It is a perfect craft of utility and luxury.
Release Date of the 2021 GMC Yukon
The 2021 GMC Yukon is bringing a lot of changes. The company will have to test new engines, and it takes a while. In the second half, we could see a debut. Still, new units could arrive later as a part of the update. The base price will remain around $50k, while the most expensive combination of Denali and XL packages will add a half of this value.