Among family haulers, the Yukon has always been standing out for cavernous interior and strong performance. The new generation is no exception, but it also brings a couple of further enhancements, especially when it comes to comfort and convenience. It’s been around for a while and it still looks pretty fresh in every aspect. That’s why we expect that the 2023 GMC Yukon, which will represent the third production year, will come without more important updates.
Of course, there’s always room for new features and color options, but most of the things are about to remain the same. Therefore, you may count on familiar Yukon qualities. As we already mentioned, this is one of the most spacious SUVs around, whether it’s about passenger or cargo room. Furthermore, this SUV offers a comfortable ride, capable engines and a fairly capable AT4 model, which comes with a couple of off-road upgrades.
As no bigger changes are about to come, we presume that the 2023 GMC Yukon will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 GMC Yukon Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 GMC Yukon will represent the third production year of the current generation. That’s why we don’t expect to see more important changes. The next year’s model should carry on in the same way, with familiar design characteristics and features. The mechanical aspect definitely won’t change, while we don’t expect visual updates either.
The same thing goes for models like AT4 and Denali. These are the most exclusive versions of the SUV – the AT4 comes with exclusive styling details, as well as with a couple of mechanical upgrades, such as hill descent control, a two-speed transfer case, a heavy-duty air filter, a front skid plate. The Denali trim is all about luxury and it brings more features, more exclusive features, styling upgrades and similar things.
Although we usually talk about passenger and cargo space, this cabin also looks great and offers great build quality. Of course, the 2023 GMC Yukon will continue in the same way, featuring an attractive dashboard design, wrapped with quality materials and equipped with lots of tech features. We should also mention the Denali model, which comes with a different dash design, which looks even more upscale than the standard one.
When it comes to the passenger space, this SUV comes with three rows of seats and all three accommodate adults with ease. Even the third row is very generous with space and offers a comfortable ride. The cargo area is a special story, as the Yukon beats all of its rivals. It offers around 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 72.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 122.9 of the total cargo volume. If that doesn’t impress you, check the long-wheelbase version called the Yukon XL, which is good for about 41.5 cubic feet behind the third row, 93.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 144.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
A couple of additions to the list of standard equipment are always possible but we presume that the 2023 Yukon will remain largely the same in this aspect. Therefore, base models should come with a 10.2-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, six USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, push-button start, remote start, keyless entry, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Higher trim levels will offer upgrades like a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, a Bose stereo with nine or 14 speakers, panoramic sunroof etc.
When it comes to safety features, all models should come standard with things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rearview camera, parking sensors etc.
2023 GMC Yukon Engines
We count on familiar engine options for the 2023 GMC Yukon. Base versions should continue with a 5.3-liter V8, which puts out around 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. For those how are looking for something more capable, there is also a well-known 6.2-liter V8, which is good for about 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is the diesel version, equipped with a 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out around 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
All engines come coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The base V8 returns around 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, while the 6.2-liter unit is slightly thirstier. The diesel model is far more efficient, as it returns around 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2023 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 GMC Yukon will hit the market in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 53.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.