2021 GMC Yukon: More differentiation, unique interior for Denali

The 2021 GMC Yukon now has more differentiation between it and the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the big selling Denali has an even bigger change.

GMC says the range topping Denali makes up 60% of all Yukon sales, and has become an iconic trim line for the SUV. To make it a little bit more special, it has a unique dashboard, while other Yukon models share theirs with the Chevrolet range.

The Denali has real wood trim, HD surround vision cameras, 15″ color head up display, and Magnetic Ride Control. Options include 22″ wheels, panoramic sunroof, adaptive air suspension, and the Active Response 4WD system.

There’s also a new luxury AT4 offroad trim with standard adaptive air suspension for up to 2″ (51mm) more travel, 2-speed transfer case, 20″ Goodyear all terrain tires, hill descent control, traction select system, skid plates under the body, leather seats, jet black interior, heated steering wheel and heated front and second row seats.

Like the Chevrolet SUVs, the Yukon SWB has grown considerably to improve interior space, while the XL has grown a little bit, although it’s a little shorter overall than the Chevrolet equivalents.

There are three engines available, all with a 10-speed auto operated via push button selector panel:

  • 5.3L V8: 355hp (265kW) at 5,600rpm, 383 lb-ft (519Nm) at 4,100rpm
  • 6.2L V8: 420hp (313kW) at 5,600rpm, 460 lb-ft (623Nm) at 4,100rpm
  • 3L I6 turbo-diesel: 277hp (207kW) at 3,750rpm, 460 lb-ft (623Nm) at 1,500rpm

The Yukon goes on sale during the summer of 2020.

Yukon dimensions (vs fourth generation)

Length: 210″ (+6.1″) | 5,334mm (+155mm)
Wheelbase: 120.9″ (+4.9″) | 3,071mm (+124mm)

Yukon XL dimensions (vs fourth generation)

Length: 225.2″ (+0.9″) | 5,720mm (+23mm)
Wheelbase: 134.1″ (+4.1″) | 3,406mm (+104mm)