- this is our first look at the 2021 gmc yukon full-size suv.
- the yukon and yukon xl will be redesigned just like their chevy siblings, the recently revealed tahoe and suburban.
- gmc will differentiate its trucks with different styling and possibly some additional features.
we've seen the chevrolets, we've seen the cadillac, and now we're getting our chance to see gmc's version of general motors' new generation of full-size suvs. this thinly camouflaged 2021 gmc yukon prototype shows how gmc will differentiate its trucks' styling from the recently revealed tahoe and suburban.
the model here appears to be the short-wheelbase yukon, which is equivalent to the tahoe; a long-wheelbase yukon xl will be the analog to the suburban. its blocky front-end design appears to have similar squared-off headlights and an imposing front grille like the gmc sierra pickup. but most of the styling differentiation is up front, as the yukon's rear end is mostly indistinguishable from the chevy suvs.
the gmcs will be indistinguishable underneath as well, as they will share the tahoe and suburban's new platform that incorporates a new independent rear suspension. this setup pays huge dividends inside, as both rear-seat space and cargo space will increase dramatically. expect the same engines lineup, too, which will consist of a base 5.3-liter v-8, an optional 6.2-liter v-8, and a newly optional turbodiesel 3.0-liter inline-six.
gmc will likely tout a few features as exclusive to the yukon and yukon xl to put additional space between these models and the chevys. but the biggest difference will be price, as gmc will charge extra for the yukons and is sure to bring back the chrome-laden, fully loaded denali trim levels that will sit at the top of the lineup. an off-road-oriented at4 trim level will also be part of the lineup and will be roughly equivalent to the chevys' z71 trims.
expect to see the 2021 gmc yukon and yukon xl debut early in 2020 before going on sale later in the year.