The new GMC Yukon is coming soon to fight the Ford Expedition.
Last week, the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe broke cover alongside the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, which means it's only a matter of time before the covers come off the all-new version of the Tahoe's corporate sibling, the GMC Yukon. The current Yukon has been on sale since 2015 and a leaked photo has confirmed an all-new model is coming soon to fight the Ford Expedition.
On February 4, GM will present the all-new Cadillac Escalade at an event in Beverley Hills, California, and now we know when the new Yukon will debut. General Motors has confirmed the all-new 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL will be revealed at a media event on January 14 in Vail, Colorado.
The new full-size SUV is expected to boast a slew of exterior and interior upgrades and ride on a new platform. Leaked photos have shown the Yukon's design language will share cues with the GMC Sierra, including a significantly larger grille and headlights, while the SUV's larger size will allow for more space for passengers and cargo.
Unlike the live rear axle used on the current model, the new Yukon is expected to have an independent rear suspension to improve the ride and handling on bumpy terrain.
Powertrain options haven't been confirmed, but the current GMC Yukon is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 that develops 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and a 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
A new AT4 off-road trim is also expected to be introduced with similar upgrades to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Z71 trims such as a unique front fascia that improves the approach angle, a front skid plate, red tow hooks and 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires. An optional Air Ride Adaptive Suspension also features automatic load-leveling and allows the height to be adjusted by four inches. These features should carry over to the GMC Yukon AT4, but we'll know more when the full-size SUV debuts next month.