The premium truck brand of Detroit’s General Motors Co., GMC, has unveiled its next-generation 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs, as well as announced that it is making its AT4 off-road package available across its entire retail lineup in 2020.
The all-new 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL, which will be built at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly facility, go on sale this summer. Pricing will be released closer to the start of production. AT4 availability on the automaker’s various models will roll out throughout 2020.
The 2021 Yukon lineup is headlined by an all-new and more upscale Denali and the first-ever Yukon AT4, taking Yukon into the premium off-road space. GMC officials say Yukon reaches a higher level of precise craftsmanship and premium accommodations through a combination of advanced features and class-leading technologies.
“GMC Yukon is the full-size premium SUV that’s made to be used,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of global Buick and GMC. “The new Yukon delivers what customers value most – premium features, purposeful technology, and all-terrain capability.”
Among Yukon’s features are:
- All-new interior design across the Yukon lineup, highlighted by a Denali-exclusive interior and a new power sliding center console.
- Optional four-corner air ride adaptive suspension for additional off-road ground clearance.
- Optional nine-camera views including high-definition surround vision, rear camera mirror and GMC’s ProGrade trailering system.
- Available 15-inch-diagonal multicolor head-up display that projects speed, navigation, safety features, and information.
- The standard engine is the all-new 5.3-liter V-8. Optional powerplants include the all-new 6.2-liter V-8 with dynamic fuel management (standard on Denali) that delivers an estimated 420 horsepower, and the new 3-liter inline-six turbo-diesel.
- All three engines are paired with a standard 10-speed transmission.
- All-new optional active response 4WDTM system combines technologies including an electronic limited slip differential, to continuously monitor road conditions and react to improve traction, handling and overall control.
The 2021 Yukon Denali for the first time now have an exclusive interior – a completely new instrument panel, unique seats, and a choice among four unique color themes – outfitted with premium and authentic materials.
“Yukon was the model in which Denali originated in 1999, and now more than 20 years later, we’re introducing the quintessential Denali,” says Helen Emsley, executive director of global design for Buick and GMC. “It delivers a first-class experience with an all-new, exclusive interior and a bolder, more distinctive exterior design.”
The 2021 Yukon, like every GMC model, will be available with the AT4 premium off-road package.
Introduced on the 2019 Sierra, AT4 was created to give drivers serious off-road capability while still providing premium everyday comforts. AT4 variants combine off-road capability, technology, and design, along with GMC’s premium refinement. Core AT4 design includes rugged exterior details, black chrome grille, fog light surrounds, and rear appliques, as well as unique authentic aluminum interior decor and premium fabric colors.
“AT4 continues GMC’s bold entrance into the premium, off-road and adventure-oriented truck and SUV space,” says Phil Brook, vice president of marketing for GMC Marketing. “For each of the AT4 variants, we listened to our customers and made sure the vehicles met their active lifestyle needs.”