The super-large SUV is about to come completely redesigned in the next year. Along with the standard-wheelbase models, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL will come completely new, with a new design and improvements in all aspects. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind with this model is size and interior space, but we are pretty sure that GMC engineers will focus on some other things in this case. The current generation is already one of the biggest and most spacious models in the class, so we doubt we will see some significant changes in terms of size.
On the other side, we count on a completely new design, which will include not just new aesthetics, but completely new mechanics as well. The 2021 GMC Yukon XL will adopt a new platform and there is a big chance to see new engine options in the offer as well. We presume the new model will hit the market sometime in the third quarter of next year.
2021 GMC Yukon XL Redesign
There is no doubt that the upcoming redesign will bring significant novelties. The first thing we should mention is a new platform. Just like the standard Yukon, this one will also ride on a new T1 platform. Improvements are expected in various aspects. First of all, we are about to see a notable weight reduction, as the new model is expected to save between 200 and 300 pounds.
This will definitely have a highly positive effect on efficiency, particularly in terms of fuel economy, though better handling is guaranteed as well. Of course, we count on many other technical improvements and one of the things that come to mind is suspension. An independent rear suspension is becoming a standard in this segment, so there is no doubt in will be offered in the 2021 GMC Yukon XL as well. Some reports even suggest it will be a part of standard equipment.
Of course, we also count on the new exterior design. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind about this model is the size. The current generation measures full 130 inches in wheelbase and it is one of the biggest models in the class. Therefore, we don’t expect any significant size increase with the new model. On the other side, we count on a completely new design.
Naturally, you may count on a familiar wagon-like body style, but the front face will be completely new. We presume it will have a lot in common with new Sierra trucks, light-duty models in particular. Of course, the range-topping Denali trim will once again come with loads of exclusive styling details, starting from a different grille, wheels, lots of chrome details etc.
You are pretty sure that GMC designers won’t make the same mistake they’ve made with the new Sierra 1500. We count on more significant updates compared to the outgoing model. New dashboard design is the first thing that comes to mind, but the while cabin should come not just with new aesthetics, but also with big improvements in terms of materials and overall build quality.
When it comes to interior space, we’ve already mentioned that the new model should come with more significant changes in terms of size. Therefore, we expect a similar amount of space, which is pretty generous in the current model. This refers both to the legroom and cargo area. For example, the current model features an impressive 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is the highest rating in the class. There’s no reason why 2021 GMC Yukon XL shouldn’t continue in the same way.
2021 GMC Yukon XL Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we presume that the current engines will carry one. Currently, lower trims are equipped with a familiar 5.3-liter V8 unit, which is good for about 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. On the other side, higher trims come with a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Some reports suggest that the 2021 GMC Yukon XL could expand the engine offer. One of the units that come to mind first is a 2.7-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. There is even a chance to see a diesel version. Of course, we count on a new 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six, which delivers around 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The same engine can be found under the hood of the new Sierra and Silverado trucks.
When it comes to transmission, all models should come with a new 10-speed gearbox.
2021 GMC Yukon XL Release Date and Price
We expect to see the new 2021 GMC Yukon XL sometime in the third quarter of the next year. The current model starts at around 52.500 dollars and we don’t expect that the new model will feature a significantly higher base price. The biggest rivals are Ford Expedition Max and the corporal sibling Chevy Suburban.