The GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV manufactured and marketed by General Motors since 1991. As early as 1991, GMC began rebranding the full-size Jimmy as the 'Yukon.' Although Chevrolet waited until 1994 before redesigning the mid-size S-10 Blazer as their new Blazer, they renamed the full-size Blazer the 'Tahoe.' Tahoe is a mountainous and beautiful region based in the western United States. The northern Canadian territory of Yukon is the source of the term 'Yukon.'
History of GMC Yukon
GMC Yukon First Generation (1992 - 1999)
To replace the 2nd generation Jimmy (K5), GMC unveiled the new Yukon in 1991 for the 1992 model year, while Chevrolet proceeded to market the 3rd generation of K5 Blazer until 1994. As a result, in 1995, the Blazer name was dropped from the car, and the Tahoe was relaunched as a Chevrolet Tahoe. They manufactured these with all-new, longer 4-door models produced for both brands all at once. In 1997, the public got its first look at what Denali might look like. The hood, fenders, grille and front and rear lights for the Yukon Denali display car were all custom-made for the event. The revamped center console and heated premium seats were only two of the many interior upgrades. Production of four-door Yukons and Tahoes began at Janesville Assembly on January 20, 1995.
GMC Yukon Second Generation (2000 - 2006)
Second-generation Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe were debuted in 1999 by GMC and provided significant upgrades. GMC pushed hard to outsell everyone else in the full-size SUV sector, and the Yukon/Tahoe siblings garnered a huge amount of attention. Even though GMC had already seized half of that market share, Ford and Chrysler were ready to enter the market. GMC introduced one exterior color and a curved exterior design with the second-generation Yukon, which marked the end of the two-tone paint job. Seating options for the front row were either bucket seats or a bench with a built-in center seat. Never one to rest on its accomplishments, Yukon has maintained its position as a design and technological pioneer, never one to rest on its achievements.
GMC Yukon Third Generation (2007 - 2014)
General Motors introduced a new GMT900 platform in late 2005 for GM's Tahoe and Yukon, redesigned for 2007. GM and Chrysler joined together in 2008 to provide a Tahoe/Yukon hybrid powered by their Advanced Hybrid System 2. The Tahoe and Yukon, built on the GMT900, sold better than expected, despite the general decline in demand for big SUVs. In addition, GMC added a new front fascia, new headlights, and a much more angular overall design to the vehicle's appearance. A unique Heritage Edition package was available for the Yukon in 2012, including floor mats, unique badging, 10-way memory leather seats, a power liftgate, and optional 20-inch wheels.
GMC Yukon Fourth Generation (2015 - 2020)
GMC Yukon's fourth generation debuted in 2015. The Yukon's appearance has once again been modified to meet the needs of its customers. The bolder front grille and bigger touch-screen display inside quickly drew attention. GM installed the latest 8L90E eight-speed automatic transmission in the Yukon's 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine to boost fuel economy. However, in 2018, the Yukon Denali was available with a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the basic Yukon underwent a redesign.
GMC Yukon Fifth Generation (2021)
Chevrolet debuted the fifth-generation Tahoe at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, on December 10, 2019. General Motors first introduced the Chevrolet full-size SUVs and followed it with the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade in the first quarter of 2020. The SUVs went into production at the Arlington facility on May 18, 2020, and were delivered to showrooms in June 2020, amid the industry closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. Special stitching and highlights, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and 20-inch all-terrain tires are just a few of the features of this high-performance SUV, which has a hill descent control, a Traction Select System, skid plates, and a two-speed transfer case.
GMC Yukon (2022)
GMC has redefined and maintained the meaning of commanding, bold, and first-class with the Yukon throughout the past three decades. Today, the Next Generation Yukon and Yukon XL are the most up-to-date and stylishly competent big SUVs. This new model has more distinction, sophisticated class-leading innovations, and a first-ever Yukon AT4 for true off-road adventures. As a result of GMC's unwavering commitment to technical excellence, the Yukon has undergone several reimaginings since its introduction in 1991. The latest developments in power and capabilities have been paired with features that define quality artistry in every subsequent stage.
General Motors sold the 2022 GMC Yukon with an MSRP of $54,095 for the base model. For this model year, they also offer different trim levels and prices:
- SLE - $54,095
- SLT - $60,695
- AT4 - $68,495
- Denali - $72,145
Interior Features of the GMC Yukon
SLE, Denali, and other trims provide space for up to seven people, but interested customers must order the famous second-row captain's seats to have the maximum number of passengers in your Yukon long-wheelbase Yukon XL. The SLT and AT4 variants include a unique power-sliding center console that lets the driver move the center console back and forth along a 10-inch track to create room for larger first-row baggage like a backpack and hide other smaller things in concealed compartments. The interior of Denali variants includes hand-stitched leather seating and a wood-trimmed dash. The XL model's maximum load area is 145 cubic feet with folded seats. You could store six carry-on luggage behind the third-row seats in the standard-length Yukon.
Exterior Features of the GMC Yukon
Exterior lights, roof rails, and LED fog lights are standard on all 2022 Yukon models. It is standard on lower trims, but power-retractable side steps are available for the AT4 and Denali. General Motors modified the front bumper of the AT4 to help with off-roading. Besides having all-terrain tires, this variant has a black grille as well. The grille on the Denali variant is very elaborate. The GMC Yukon Denali is an excellent trim level if you want a car with the sheer size and chrome highlights.
Standard features of the 2022 GMC Yukon are the following:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Rain-sensing wiper
- LED exterior lighting
- Head-curtain airbags
- Keyless entry/ignition
- Remote start
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Driver Information Center
- 3-zone automatic climate control
- Cloth upholstery
- Power-adjustable front seats
- Two 120-volt outlets
- Forward collision warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- Pedestrian detection
- Lane-keeping assistance
- Rear-seat reminder
- Trailer sway control
- Front/rear parking sensors
- Buckle to Drive
- Programmable Teen Driver key
- Automatic high beams
The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD engine delivers 420 hp (313 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) at 4,100 rpm of torque. The GMC Yukon accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 6.0 seconds with a top speed of 112 mph (180 kph) and a curb weight of 6,007 lbs (2,725 kg). General Motors sold the Yukon in two drivetrains: rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD).
- 5.3L V8
- 6.2L V8
- Duramax 3.0L turbocharged diesel inline-6
General Motors released the first-generation GMC Yukon in 1991 for the 1992 model year. Meanwhile, the company started the production of the 2022 GMC Yukon on October 6, 2022, at the GM Arlington Assembly plant in Texas.