The full-size GMC Yukon is closing to the end of its fourth generation. Actually, the 2019 GMC Yukon should be the last model year of the current generation and it will receive few changes. Buyers should expect a few new exterior color options while some will also be discontinued. The new model year will also bring new equipment packages, as per the latest reports.
On the other hand, the closely related Chevy Suburban was spotted while testing the new generation design and the twined Chevy Tahoe will also come as the all-new 2020 Tahoe. All, of course, follow the redesign of GM’s light-light duty trucks the Silverado and Sierra. So, the new-gen Yukon will arrive for the 2020 model year with the changes mimicking those on the GMC Sierra and brand’s latest SUVs.
2019 GMC Yukon: Design
The 2019 GMC Yukon follows some minor changes on the exterior look and the introduction of the standard 10-speed automatic transmission for the 2018 model year. The upcoming version won’t, of course, change structurally or visually as that is on the schedule for the new-generation version for the 2020 model. Then, the model will switch to the new platform which will actually be the evolution of the current K2XX architecture. The model will also adopt styling cues from the recently redesigned GMC Sierra and brand’s SUVs.
For the 2019 model year, three new exterior colors should be in the offer and two will disappear from the list. The new options should be Smokey Quartz Metallic, dark Sky Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic.
Reports also indicate two new package options. Both should include 22-inch wheels with unique designs. One will get black chrome mesh inserts in the grille and body-colored grille surround.
The cabin of the upcoming Yukon will return unchanged. The model has very quiet interior and allows easy access and exit. The space in two first rows is also very good while the last row delivers reduced leg room. The Yukon also provides the maximum of 95 cubes of the cargo space while the extended-wheelbase version improves to 121 cubes.
The Yukon will return in the same trim options but the new packages should be added to the SLT trim.
All versions of the full-size SUV will include an 8-inch display-based infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto features. The base SLE will also come with the 18-inch wheels, tri-zone climate control, side steps, keyless entry and ignition, bucket front etas, etc. The safety systems such as the forward collision warning, low-speed braking, lane departure warning and intervention, etc. will likely be available in this trim as the package option.
The SLT version will upgrade power mirrors, blind spot monitoring, head and ventilated front seats, heated middle row, wireless charging, etc. Two new package options should be added for this trim with 22-inch wheels, unique interior and exterior accents.
The top-tier Denali version will have adaptive dampers, premium leather upholstery and textures, a head-up display, navigation system, premium sound system, etc.
2019 GMC Yukon: Powertrains, MPG
The 2019 GMC Yukon won’t change its power units. The base engine remains a 5.3-liter V-8. This unit provides 355 hp and torque of 383 lb-ft. The rear wheel drive can be switched with the four-wheel drive with either single or two-speed transfer case with low range gearing.
The 6.2-liter V-8 should become available in the SLT trim in the new package while the Denali version has it under the hood by default. This engine pumps 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The 10-speed auto gearbox is also in the combination.
The Yukon can carry a number of passengers but also allows up to 8, 500 pounds of towing capacity and that with the short-wheelbase version. The big mass needs more fuel and the Yukon will return around 19 mpg combined with the smaller engine. The more powerful Yukon should be around 17 mpg combined.
2019 GMC Yukon: Arrival, Price
The arrival of the 2019 GMC Yukon will be in the second half of the year. The base version will again start below $50k and climb over $65k for the Denali versions.