The new generation of GMC’s largest SUV is on the way. The entire fleet was spied recently. Yukon, Chevy Tahoe, and Suburban were expected in 2020 as new models, but the company delayed the premiere. New styling and independent rear suspension are certain. However, we will see if the new 2021 GMC Yukon is getting a V8 twin-turbo engine instead of existing units.
The SUV is pretty versatile. The new engine is going to add another option. We can count on the extended XL model with more space inside, and Denali version with premium equipment and the most advanced features. The AT4 all-terrain model is not confirmed yet.
With so many changes and options, we expect a lot from the 2021 GMC Yukon and the entire GM’s fleet. The carmaker is going strong to the new season with the intention to overtake the market from Ford and Japanese companies.
2021 GMC Yukon Specs
Under the hood of the 2021 GMC Yukon will be a powerful unit. At this moment, that is a pair of V8 engines. The smaller one is a 5.3-liter displacement with the capability to produce 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. For the Denali model, there is a 6.2-liter V8 which bursts 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of twisting power.
Either V8 delivers enough power, but the full-size SUV is not the most fuel-friendly vehicle you will find on the market. However, these models make it up with extra storage and towing capacity. The standard potential to pull is 6,500 pounds. If you add the Trailering package it jumps to 8,500 pounds.
What’s New? (Engine, Suspension)
It’s been nearly two years since the first Chevy Suburban was spied with independent rear suspension. That meant all its siblings will get the same setup in the future. However, we expected them in 2020, but the new generation of General Motors SUVs is arriving with a delay. Still, the 2021 GMC Yukon will be worth of waiting for. The IRS will boost the overall driving impression, especially off the road. Ford is using it for a while on its Expedition.
The independent rear suspension was the biggest novelty we expect for the new Yukon. Meanwhile, new rumors are saying there are even bigger things on the way. According to trusted sources, the company is considering downsizing the engine range. Cadillac’s twin-turbo V8 can produce up to 550 hp. The so-called Blackwing engine is a 4.2-liter displacement and currently, it is available only for the CT6-V car.
2021 GMC Yukon Redesign
The new look of the 2021 GMC Yukon will bring a larger grille and a new set of wheels. Designers have a lot of work up front. At least we can guess it by the level of camo on the fascia. Details are not available yet. The test mule seems to be larger than its predecessor. The outgoing generation is 204 inches long.
Extra size means more space inside the cabin. Yukon is a three-row SUV with seating capacity for seven persons. If you need an extra seat, the XL version is an 8-seater. Captain’s chairs are optional and the cargo space is not generous behind the third row. Still, with all seats folded, the capacity will jump significantly (over 120 cubic feet).
Favorite Models [Denali, XL] are Becoming Better
The new SUV will start the offer with the SLE trim. Besides this one, you can pick an SLT or Denali version. The late one is top of the class package for most GMC vehicles. The company packs it with the most powerful engine (6.2-liter V8). If the new Blackwing unit steps into the drivetrain room, it will be for the Denali model. You are also getting premium features, such as Bose audio, navigation, noise cancellation system, and a huge 8-inch infotainment screen. The price shows you that 2021 GMC Yukon Denali belongs to the luxury segment (it will start above $70,000).
If you need more space inside the cabin, then the XL model is a choice. It adds more than 20 inches behind the rear row. With all seats down, you are getting a maximum cargo volume. Downsides of this model are reduced towing capacity to 8,000 pounds and increased fuel consumption. At top of that, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL will cost more than the base version. So, only true fans will go after this model.
2021 GMC Yukon New Generation Release Date and Price
We are listening carefully news about any novelty from the GM. The entire fleet is new and spy photos confirm that Yukon, Tahoe, Suburban, and Escalade are bringing a lot of changes for the new season. The debut could happen at NAIAS. However, Chevrolet’s twins are a priority and the 2021 GMC Yukon debut could wait for a bit more after General Motors preview Tahoe and Suburban. The correction of the price will increase the starting cost of the new model. Currently, the SLE version starts at $52,000 (2WD), and you have to add $3,000 for the 4WD model.