No, it’s not the moniker but the specs sheet of 2017 GMC Yukon that fascinates the most. This new SUV is perfect for heavy towing and hauling while being efficient on fuel consumption. Apart from this, there are just a few changes in the new Yukon which mark a generational presence.
Although this new GMC Yukon 2017 doesn’t share any underpinnings with the Sierra pickup truck, the two look like siblings in terms of overall styling. To reason further, GMC has used a ladder-type frame and triple-sealed door approach in both models.
The overall looks of this SUV are more than just intriguing. It has retained the company’s signature grille which dominates the entire front fascia. The headlights are robust as they sit upright on the front fenders. These headlights have met revision too and integrate C-shaped LED daytime running lights.
The hood and windshield’s aerodynamic approach is quite straight forward as they have a robust stance. Metallic highlights are featured in the window panels, door handles and body edges that add a striking appearance.
2017 GMC Yukon Interior
Inside, everything’s properly arranged with a clean layout (especially the control buttons). The dashboard is dynamic and integrates soft touch upholstery along with wooden embellishments (premium materials vary with trims though). The truck cues (as seen in its predecessor) are gone as GMC has featured a new center cabin.
As to entertainment, this cabin boasts of SiriusXM Satellite Radio that syncs with Bose Centerpoint surround sound. There’s even an 8-inch infotainment display that includes IntelliLink along with navigation.
Performance wise, this new 2017 GMC Yukon will suffice as it is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that comes standard along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Output figures for this engine go 355 HP at 5,600 RPM and 383 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 RPM. Likewise, fuel economy of this powerplant checks at 16 mpg in city, 23 mpg on highways and 19 mpg on a combined scale.
There’s another engine option which is the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 that churns out a brawny power of 420 HP and exhilarating torque of 460 lb-ft. This engine coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission system which includes tap up/tap down shifting and tow/haul mode.
One of the biggest highlights in this new GMC Yukon 2017 is its Autotrac 2-speed active transfer case. This ingenious drive system switches between 2WD and AWD automatically by sensing wheel slippage and terrain requirements as and when needed. There’s even a rotary control with which drivers can manually adjust drive configuration.
Another major factor that contributes to the overall performance of this 2017 GMC Yukon is its Magnetic Ride Control. This next-generation damping system enhances suspension by using a dual coil receptor to improve responsiveness. The most interesting part is that this system doesn’t integrate any moving valves and instead uses electro-magnetism to alter the properties of the damper fluid.
Competition and Price
To compete against vehicles like Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe and Lincoln Navigator, this new 2017 Yukon has an appealing price point. 2017 GMC Yukon price starts with SLE at $45,000, increases for SLT at $57,000 and reaches up to $68,000 for 2017 GMC Yukon Denali.