We could hear big announcements about the all-new Chevy Suburban and Tahoe. Of course, the story won’t be complete without its GMC twin, Yukon. All these full-size SUVs were on the way to the new generation, but the company had some problems and these will come with delay. Meanwhile, we could spot the first 2021 GMC Yukon test mules in the US outskirts. Although the company tried to hide it from fans, enthusiasts recognized their favorite model pretty easily. Well, all the things we could read about the next-gen model for 2020 are actual for the following year, since the 2020 Yukon is coming unchanged.
So, what is new for the 2021 GMC Yukon? Independent rear suspension is definitely the upgrade the entire industry is talking about. General Motors is finally taking on Ford and its IRS after so many years. Besides that, the new Yukon could bring the performance-oriented edition. Quad exhaust tips are showing something serious is going on. Of course, Denali is a premium version in the lineup, with the price close to Cadillac Escalade. More options are coming with the Yukon XL and its extended body for more cargo space. Total towing capacity will remain 8,500 lbs.
Changes for the 2021 GMC Yukon
Let’s start with what we saw. The new 2021 GMC Yukon was caught testing with the heavy camo wrapping the entire body. But, the company could not hide a quad exhaust system that increases the suspicion that full-size SUV could get a high-performance trim level after it hits the new generation. Large wheels suggest this is probably the build based on the Denali model. The rest of the body is well hidden. Shapes of the front fascia seem to be new, but we cannot judge it yet.
Furthermore, we can check out the closest siblings to see what is new there. There is a high possibility that the 2021 GMC Yukon will share a lot of things with Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. It was the case earlier, so there is no doubt the big rigs will be similar. That means the Yukon is getting an independent rear suspension instead of a solid axle. Advantages are better handling and off-road capabilities, while the overall towing capacity is going to offer decreased numbers. Well, the GMC is testing the SUV with trailers. Be sure that the company is not delivering the new model without insurance it can meet your towing needs.
2021 GMC Yukon V8 Specs
The one and only engine solution for the 2021 GMC Yukon is a 6.2-liter V8 engine. General Motors is using it for all its main models, including Silverado truck, Suburban SUV, and premium Cadillac Escalade. The engine can produce 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission improves a poor fuel economy. This is the latest upgrade GM is adding to most of its lineup. The new generation of the big rig will drop a 5.3-liter V8 unit. This one offered a lower price and better gas mileage, but the worse specs as well.
Yukon Denali Gets More Muscles
Top of the line model, the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is a premium SUV. The technology it presents can match the offer of luxurious Cadillac Escalade. On the other hand, it costs slightly cheaper. The most advanced technology is available, as well as premium features. You will find ventilated and heated seats, navigation and Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features, and many more upgrades. Exterior styling is also eye-catching. Test mule we saw with the quad exhaust is very probably Denali version. That makes us thinking of performance-oriented luxury SUV. Not impossible, but still not easy to pull off, mostly because of the questionable sales potential. Competition is tough with Range Rover and Mercedes hybrids out, and there are no too many buyers willing to spend over $100k for a ride.
Extended XL Model With More Cargo Space
The standard model will offer plenty of space. After the redesign, the interior can gain more than the current 95 cubic feet. Behind the third row, there will be at least 16 cubic feet. If this is not enough, then the 2021 GMC Yukon XL comes with more space. Currently, this edition adds 20 inches overall, and 14 inches on the wheelbase compared to the standard model. It results with 27 cubic feet more for putting your items inside the cabin with all seats folded down.
2021 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
With all the changes on the way, we can’t wait to see the new 2021 GMC Yukon. Well, we will have to wait, since it is still early to see the premiere. However, test mules give us hopes that first previews could happen late this year, or in the first quarter of 2020. The price of the new SUV will be modified, especially having in mind these quad exhaust tips. The base model will get a small update.