The fifth generation of the GMC’s full-size SUV is almost ready to hit the market and it will go on sale as the 2020 GMC Yukon. As before, the Yukon will be available as the standard and as the extended-length version named the XL model. Speaking of the exterior design, it is expected to be revised and we assume that the cabin will also be upgraded with some new features. Furthermore, the comfort and utility will also be raised to the higher level. The 2020 model year will be underpinned with the new platform too which will make it lighter than its forerunner.
2020 GMC Yukon powertrains and performances
Under the hood of the 2020 GMC Yukon will be placed two types of engines as before. The base engine is going to be a 5.3-liter V-8 which is able to deliver 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine will work with a 6-speed automatic transmission and will be available with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. The RWD model will get 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined. The all-wheel drive variant is rated at 16/22/18 mpg.
The next option is going to be a 6.2-liter V-8 unit which is able to produce 420 horses and the torque of 460 lb-ft. This engine will work with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. It will also come with a choice between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive layouts. Connected to rear wheels, it is rated at 14/23/17 mpg. The all-wheel drive model is estimated to be 14 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined.
Exterior and interior design
The 2020 GMC Yukon will represent the next generation model, so it will come with some important upgrades. First of all, it will ride on the new GM T1 architecture and this time it will be significantly lighter than its predecessor. Precisely, it is going to be lighter for around 300 pounds. This new platform will also underpin the new Chevy Suburban, Tahoe, and Cadillac Escalade. Furthermore, as before, the 2020 GMC Yukon will be available as the standard full-size SUV and as an extended-length version called the Yukon XL. As for the exterior styling, we also expect changes but for now, there is still no official information. Nevertheless, we anticipate a redesign of the front and rear fascias which will be seen on the grille, lights, and bumpers. As well, the independent rear suspension is also very likely to happen, or at least as an option.
The interior of the 2020 GMC Yukon will also undergo some noticeable changes. This time, it will get significantly improved space for the third-row passengers. Furthermore, the carmaker will also fit it with the new and next-generation GMC infotainment system. As well, we can expect more luxury and more comfort, so as the latest GM Super Cruise autonomous driving technology.
Release date and price
The 2020 GMC Yukon is set to go on sale in the fall of 2019. The price could get slightly higher than the current model which starts at around $49,500.