After mercilessly botching the new Tahoe’s face, GM seems to have taken it easier on the all-new GMC Yukon. Good! In addition to making the jump for details on the full-size SUV, have a look at our picture gallery and lest us know what you think.
The new Yukon and the extended Yukon XL feature a more tasteful front fascia than their Chevy sibling. The headlight design, although simpler, does a good job at helping maintain overall design cohesiveness, as does the restyled chrome-accented grille (especially on the Denali model).
Although you probably can’t tell at first glance, the new sheetmetal is a tad bit bolder than the old one, featuring such things as an aluminum hood, a laminated windshield and a standard spoiler.
The interior has taken a huge leap over the previous one, thanks to the use of authentic materials and the availability of a long list of premium infotainment choices. The instrument panel, center console and door panels are all soft-touch, while ambient lighting in functional areas help brighten the mood at night. All models come standard with a Bose sound system, seats with dual-firmness foam and an ambient air vent. Denali models utilize active noise cancellation technology to make the interior even quieter than it already is.
For the first time ever, the second- and third-row seats fold flat, enhancing cargo capability and convenience.
Under the hood of the the Yukon and Yukon XL is a direct-injected, 5.3L V8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) of torque. Denali models come standard with a more powerful 6.2L engine rated at 420-horsepower and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm). Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Other mechanical enhancements include a new electric power steering system, a revised 9.5-inch rear axle and standard automatic locking rear differential, a wider track for a more planted feel, and a new four-wheel-disc brake system that offer up to double the service life. Denali models also get GM’s third-generation magnetic ride control.
2015 GMC Yukon Denali
2015 GMC Yukon XL
New GMC Sierra AT4 Gets Off-Road Performance Package With More Power
An engine modification adds an extra 15 horsepower and 9 lb-ft. of torque.
General Motors has announced a new Off-Road Performance Package for the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 that amps the truck’s 6.2-liter V8 with a performance air intake and upgraded cat-back exhaust system, boosting output to 435 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque from 420 hp and 460 pound-feet.
The package also includes 18-inch machined aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.
As a reminder, the Sierra AT4 is the most off-road ready version in the all-new Sierra lineup and is already fitted with a 2-inch lift; 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates; off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers; Hill Descent Control; a Traction Select System; and spiffy MultiPro tailgate.
In the United States, the Off-Road Performance Package adds $4,940 to the price of the Sierra AT4.
Is General Motors Making A New GMC Envoy SUV?
The SUV craze could see the return of the GMC’s midsize SUV.
Having revived the Chevy Blazer, General Motors is now hinting at a new GMC Envoy by .
The Envoy disappeared from GMC’s lineup in 2008, having been replaced by the Terrain and Acadia. However, with the Terrain now comfortably positioned in the compact SUV segment and the tweener Acadia straddling the midsize and full-size SUV segments, there might be room for several other SUVs in the lineup.
The first could be a new small crossover positioned below the Terrain and targeted at the likes of the Toyota CH-R, Honda CRV, and Jeep Renegade. The second SUV could be a proper midsize SUV that slots between the Terrain and Acadia — GMC’s version of the Chevy Blazer, so to speak. Finally, the Envoy name could be used for a proper three-row crossover that would be positioned above the Acadia.
We think the “Envoy’ name is too substantial for a small SUV, so the second or third option is the likely bet.
That’s to say, the Envoy could end up being GMC’s version of the Chevy Blazer, a model aimed at other midsize SUVs like the Nissan Murano, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot, or GMC’s version of the Traverse, a large, three-row crossover offering more room than the current Acadia.
What do you think GM will use the Envoy name for?
GM Now Offers Extended Bumper-To-Bumper Warranties
The optional warranties extend to five years or 60,000 miles for Chevrolet and GMC.
Rather than go through a third party to get extended warranty for their vehicles, car buyers can now do so directly with General Motors. The American automaker has released its very own extended warranty program for all Buick, Cadillac, Chevy and GMC vehicles.
GM’s extended bumper-to-bumper warranty extends the coverage to five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) on Chevy and GMC vehicles, while Buick and Cadillac vehicles get a longer six years or 70,000 miles coverage.
The standard factory bumper-to-bumper warranty is three years or 36,000 miles on Chevy and GMC vehicles, and four years or 50,000 miles on Buicks and Cadillacs.
Interestingly, the American automaker allows dealers to set the prices, though it expects the extended warranties to add $1,000 to $2,000 per vehicle.
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