Expected to be the last or second last of the current generation model, the 2019 GMC Yukon is set to receive a few minor updates and changes for the 2019 model year. It is the fourth generation model and is expected to pave way for the new-gen Yukon/Yukon XL during the 2020/2021 model year.
In spite of lack of much details online, our expectations for the 2019 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL include additional exterior colors, minor equipment/ group structure, additional interior color combos, and an upgraded infotainment system. What we shouldn’t see change much lies beneath the hood. All trim models/levels should still continue using the current crop of powertrains. There’re rumors however that a new transmission system – GM 10-speed automatic transmission – might replace the old one.
Shared with the Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe is the GMT K2 platform. Additionally, the same platform is still used by GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado. The GMT K2 platform is GM’s build architecture that was engineered for reliability, durability, and strength.
Some of the benefits the architecture promises include improved safety, weight savings, and chassis strength. The use of high strength steel allows the vehicle withstand the rigors of off-road operation, hauling, and towing.
The 2019 GMC Yukon, just like all iterations before it, is a truck based vehicle capable of tackling off-road trails and towing heavy loads. This truck makes towing your boat as easy as hauling your family, which makes it a versatile truck that no only impresses as a workhorse but also as an everyday family hauler.
On the flipside however, the 2019 GMC Yukon will still continue to use the truck based platform. Unlike trucks based on the modern, car-based platform, the truck-based platform outperforms in terms of off-road performance, towing and hauling, but rather disappoints in terms of comfort, driving dynamics, and fuel economy where the car-based ones thrive at.
Additionally, its maneuverability, comfort, and handling are all compromised. As such, we advise our audience to first check out what its competitors – especially those based on the car-based platform – are offering. Rivals in this space include Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and Nissan Armada. Also worth checking out is the Chevrolet Tahoe.
Also expected for 2019 will be the 2019 GMC Yukon Denali model that GM says is a professional grade aimed at adding even more value to its users. According to GM, much attention to detail and precision has been infused to help it stand apart from the rest of its peers in its class. The detailing can be seen on the model’s newly redesigned grille, HID projector-beam headlights, and 20-inch wheels.
Based on spy photos we’ve come across, the new 2019 GMC Yukon Denali features a sophisticated and more exciting design unseen before. Anything from capability to refinement has been factored in during its construction. Away from the design element, the Yukon Denali is set to get great capability and performance thanks to the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 that offers an output of around 420 horsepower and 460 pounds of torque.
Some of the features that it has gained for maximized capability include optimized efficiency thanks to Active Fuel Management and direct fuel injection variable valve timing.
2019 GMC Yukon Release Date & Price
Following General Motors rollover sequence, we should expect the new model to launch sometime in the 3rd quarter of 2018. Its price, on the other hand, should be around $49,000, which is almost similar to what the current model is retailing for as the vehicle isn’t expected to change much. The 2020/2021 model should however go for sale for much more given the number of updates that are expected.
2019 GMC Yukon Interior Changes & Exterior Colors
Up to this point, we don’t know what GM is going to offer inside save for the obvious ones like an updated infotainment system and additional color combinations. But judging from previous iterations, we expect the interior of the Yukon to continue being a class above the rest in terms of material quality and technologies.
Rumors have it that the new model’s exterior radiates a bold, refined exterior design highlighted by chrome-surround fog-lamps and detailed grille. The exterior should also feature confident lines and aerodynamic proportions.
Inside wise, just like the previous model before it, the new model should continue offering a perfect blend of authentic functionality, comfort, and craftsmanship. Some of the interior features that make it an appealing choice include an authentic aluminum trim, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, contrast stitching on doors and console, a tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a strikingly quiet cabin, heated and ventilated driver and front-passenger seats, and a large center console large enough to fit a laptop or hanging folders.
2019 GMC Yukon Engine Specs & Output
Although details of what lies beneath the hood of the Yukon are still scanty, we don’t expect GM to alter the previous powertrain that powered the previous model. Available beneath its hood should be a 5.3L V8 engine capable of cranking 355 horsepower and 383 lbs. ft. of torque. A 6-speed should then take the mandate of transferring the power to either the RWD or the AWD system.
The GMC Yukon Denali, on the other hand, should derive its power from a 6.2L V8 engine. This engine is capable of offering 420 horsepower and 460 pounds feet of torque. A properly equipped Denali XL should be able to tow 8,400 pounds.
In government crash tests, the GMC Yukon earned four out of five stars for overall performance. The same ratings aren’t expected to change for the 2019 model. Some of the driver-assistance and safety features offered for the previous model include stolen vehicle assistance, a rearview camera, stability control, front-seat side airbags, traction control, antilock disc brakes, remote door unlocking, teen-driver management system, and automatic crash notification.
More details will be updated as and when GM makes them public. So be sure to keep checking back for up-to-the minute updates.