If you’re looking for impressive towing capacity in a near-luxury truck-based SUV, the new 2017 GMC Yukon deserves a consideration. However, if you want better cargo capacity and practical passenger space, other large crossovers may be better options. Its strengths include an impressive interior quality, extremely hush highway ride, a strong V8 power, an available nine-passenger seating configuration, and an impressive interior refinement. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.
There are lots of family vehicles choices in dealerships nowadays that are suitable for everyday usability like for hauling and towing purposes. But what if you want to kick it old school? Well, one of the remaining survivor of the truck-based mechanical underpinnings happens to be the vehicle under review – the 2017 GMC Yukon.
This large juggernaut offers an intricate balance between V8 power and body-on-frame construction. Therefore, it offers a higher level of solidity and burliness, while delivering a substantially more towing capacity than crossovers. Folks! We are talking of a vehicle that provides a seating configuration for nine people, how cooler can it get? Even a minivan has got substantial reasons to be shy in its presence.
Nevertheless, there are various reasons why you should rethink owning it. For example, its suspension sends occasional truck-like shiver and shake to its occupants on a bump, its cargo capacity is disappointing, passenger space in the back benches is mediocre, and its refinement in overall, seems dated.
Trim Options – 2017 GMC Yukon
Three trims – SLE, Denali, and SLT – are offered for the nine-passenger 2017 GMC Yukon. However, opting for the second-row captain’s chairs drops the seating capacity to seven. Both the 2017 GMC Yukon XL Denali and XL SLT reviews are covered separately.
Interior Redesign, Exterior Photos
Some of the standard accessories and features offered for the Yukon SLE include a rearview camera, a rear privacy glass, front and rear parking sensors, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automated headlights, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rails, power front seats, a driver integrated blind-spot monitor, side assist steps, automatic tri-zone climate control, and second-row folding 60/40-split seats.
Inside, you get a CD player, HD and satellite radio, voice controls, a 110-V household style power outlet, OnStar connectivity, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, five USB ports, eight-inch IntelliLink touchscreen interface, and Apple Carplay capability.
The Yukon SLT builds upon what the base Yukon SLE provides plus a hands-free power liftgate, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, wireless phone charging, ambient interior lighting, perforated leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts, driver and passenger memory settings, keyless ignition and entry, power-folding mirrors, and fold-and-tumble 60/40-split seats.
The Yukon Denali adds a navigation system, a trailer-brake controller, 20” alloy wheels, a more powerful V8 engine, a unique grille, power and heated fold-and-tumble chairs, active noise cancellation, a reconfigurable digital instrument panel, a magnetically controlled suspension system, and an upgraded 10-speaker Bose sound system.
Of course, packages and standalone options will also be offered on the 2017 GMC Yukon, but unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until its release date to know their contents.
2017 GMC Yukon Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Motivation for the 2017 GMC Yukon is offered by a 355-hp- and 383 lbs. ft. of torque – generating 5.3L V8 engine, which comes matched to a six-speed automatic transmission system. More mojo is offered by the 6.2L V8 behemoth that churns out 420 horsepower and 460 pounds-ft. of torque.
When the V8 is properly equipped, GMC says it can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 8,400 lbs. and 8,500 lbs. for the two-wheel drive Yukon SLT or SLE.
When it comes to fuel economy ratings, expect the 5.3L V8 to return 16/23/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 15/22/17 mpg with the two-wheel drive 6.2L V8. Zipping from 0-60 mph with the all-wheel drive Yukon only takes 7.3 seconds.
2017 GMC Yukon Release Date & Price
The base Yukon SUV price starts from a base MSRP of $48,165, and $68,045 for the Denali all-wheel drive SUV. The Yukon should go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017.