Expect the GMC to split the difference between the Chevy and Cadillac versions in more ways than one.
Automakers have taken different approaches to placing the infotainment screens in the dashboards of their vehicles. Some mount it protruding from the top of the dash, like on the new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. Others integrate it into the dashboard's layout, like we're expecting to see on the new Cadillac Escalade. But what about the GMC Yukon?
According to GM Authority, some versions of the Yukon will place the screen in the same position as we've seen on the new Chevy sport-utes, while others will mount it flush like on the Caddy.
Like the outgoing and other previous versions, the new full-size GMC SUV will be offered in both standard Yukon and extended Yukon XL body-styles, similar to the Tahoe and Suburban, respectively. But the body length is not where we'll see the difference in dashboard layout. Instead the difference will be seen between the base versions and the luxed-up Denali models – the former positioned closer to the Chevrolets, and the latter closer to the Cadillacs.
We can expect other adjustments to the interior to be made from one brand's version of the big truck to the next. But as always, they'll share much of their underpinnings.
The new Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, and Escalade are all built atop GM's new T1 platform that also underpins the new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, replacing the old K2 architecture and integrating a new independent rear suspension. The Tahoe/Suburban is being made available with a 5.3-liter V8, 6.2-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel straight-six – all mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission and driving either the rear wheels or all four. We wouldn't expect the diesel to appear in the Yukon (given that it isn't in the current model), but we should be seeing the two gasoline V8s to be part of the picture when GMC unveils the new models in Colorado in a couple of weeks.