2018 GMC Yukon – a big luxurious yacht

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The 2018 GMC Yukon is a full size SUV, the style is rather boxy and square; it really does look quite ordinary, but for some reason, has been a good seller for GMC since its first production cycle.

Don’t expect too many changes for the 2018 model, but GMC have done just enough to update it and justify the extra $1,000 or so to the asking price.

It comes in a number of trim levels, but the Denali is the flagship model.

2018 GMC Yukon Release date

Working on the usual production times and cycles, we think that the new 2018 GMC Yukon will hit the showrooms in the middle part of 2017, the Denali will be made available a little after that.

2018 GMC Yukon release date: mid-2017

2018 GMC Yukon Price

GMC are keeping the prices relatively constant, but adding into inflation and minor upgrades, it’s expected that GMC will tag a further $1,000 to the price of the base model, expect to see them starting in the region of $70,000.

Compare it with the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser MSRP

2018 GMC Yukon Redesign and changes

Not much is expected to change for the 2018 model. GMC will take the easy route and update the bumpers (both front and rear), headlamps and front grille; small changes like this can change the overall look of any vehicle, it’s a simple trick that many manufacturers use – it gives the new model almost a fresh new look for very little effort. Aside from some new paintwork choices, that’s about it for the exterior.

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2018 GMC Yukon Interior

Inside the cabin, we think that GMC will upgrade the amount of equipment and tech fitted along with actually upgrading the systems themselves. Expect to see: anti collision systems, rear view camera, navigation, Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth, curtain airbags and stability control.

It has also been rumoured that the materials used for the cabin will be upgraded; expect to see higher quality trims, lots of chrome accents and luxury wood inserts because GMC are looking to take the new Yukon to the next level in luxury.

Compare it with the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe configurations

2018 GMC Yukon Specs

Powertrain wise, the Yukon will keep the same motors as before – the 5.3 liter V8 (355 BHP) in the base model and the Denali will have the 6.2 liter V8 which produces 420 BHP and 460 lb/ft of torque, both featuring direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation systems to help with economy and efficiency.

Power will be sent to the rear wheels (standard) or all four wheels as an option via a brand new 8-speed auto transmission which replaces the older 6-speed.

Also read about the 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

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Summary

The new Yukon will receive only minor changes, more like a mild facelift. The SUV will receive the new transmission.

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