GMC Yukon XL
GMC Yukon XL continues to come with one of GM’s best engines, a 6.2-liter V8 with variable valve timing, direct gasoline injection and Active Fuel Management. The big engine is tuned to produce 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, a big step up from the Yukon SLE’s 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 (355 hp/383 lb-ft of torque).
Those who predicted that the full-size SUV was on its way out didn’t expect such a long run of low fuel prices. They also may have underestimated how much buyers love driving big, luxurious vehicles. GM has never lost faith in the big SUV, and has applied continuous upgrades to its body-on-frame models, including the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon.
Inside of GMC Yukon, a new wood trim treatment features real Mastique Ash wood with a satin finish. The new finish replaces a gloss finish from past years, and allows the grain of the wood to show through. There’s an effort to display authenticity in the cabin of GMC Yukon. If something looks like metal, it probably is metal or aluminum, not coated plastic. If it looks like stitched leather, it is stitched leather. And leather surfaces have a new, more durable finish that will keep them looking good longer. For buyers who connote luxury with quality, that’s a happy convergence.
GMC Yukon is a body-on-frame SUV, a style of construction that is truck-based, as opposed to car-based crossover vehicles that are built as a unibody, without a frame. Luxury buyers don’t seek out a trucklike ride, though, so GMC’s engineers work hard to give Denali a smooth ride with independent coil-over front suspension and a solid rear axle with 5-link location and coil springs. Magnetic Ride Control, a technology that debuted on the Corvette, provides continuous damping adjustment through magic. Okay, maybe they use magnetic fluid that can be instantly thickened or thinned in response to road conditions. Seems like magic to me. The result is a smooth ride, reduced body roll and a very serene ride. A choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is offered for the Denali.
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