In the world of full-size SUVs, practicality and functionality play almost everything. However, the new generation of buyers is also paying attention to things like interior quality, luxury, tech features etc. That may be one of the reasons why most of them are impressed with the new generation of Yukon. It arrived last year, with tons of novelties and represents a more upscale approach compared to Chevy Tahoe. Considering that the 2022 GMC Yukon will represent the second production of the current generation, we are pretty sure that GM won’t introduce any particular changes.
This means we may count on the same overall design that debuted last year. The new generation looks great and offers a pretty impressive interior design that is built well and offers plenty of features. Furthermore, there are three pretty capable engine options on the offer. Above all, the amount of passenger and cargo space is beyond impressive. We expect that the 2022 GMC Yukon will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 GMC Yukon Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the recent redesign has brought a lot of novelties. With all the changes that have come, the new model rides better and feels more upscale. One of the reasons is a new T1 platform, which brings a lower center of gravity, standard independent rear suspension and more similar things. As a result, the overall driving experience is pretty impressive. Also, keep in mind the new AT4 version, which adds some decent off-road hardware and represents a pretty good alternative to models like Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro.
Styling-wise, the new generation has brought a more mature appearance. We like the new bold approach, which takes a lot of inspiration from Sierra. Considering that the current generation is still very fresh, the best we could see on the 2022 GMC Yukon are new color options. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see some new appearance package in the offer.
Of course, models like Denali and AT4 will come with several exclusive styling details.
Once again, we don’t expect bigger changes. This is a fresh model and we really like how it looks from the inside. What’s more interesting is that there are two dashboard designs in the offer. Standard models come with a more mainstream design, and the biggest highlight is a tablet-like infotainment screen. On the other side, Sierra Denali doesn’t come with just a different steering wheel and finer materials anymore. There is now a completely new dash, with an integrated touchscreen, which looks more upscale compared to the standard one.
The cabin definitely looks great, in both cases, but the Yukon’s strongest point is definitely the amount of cabin space. All three rows are extremely generous and accommodate adults with ease. The cargo area is a special story. You get 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third-row, 72.6 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down and 122.9 cubes of the total cargo space. That’s way better compared to any competitor.
Like any other yearly update, this one will also bring a couple of novelties to the list of standard equipment. This particularly refers to tech and convenience features. Still, keep in mind that the current model stands pretty well in this aspect. It comes standard with goodies like tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, a 10.2-inch touch screen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, six USB ports and many more.
The potential additions are currently on the list of options. There, you can find things like a panoramic sunroof and a power-sliding center console, as well as navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.
2022 GMC Yukon Engines
Under the hood, the 2022 GMC Yukon will continue with three familiar engine options. Base models use a familiar 5.3-liter small-block V8, which is good for 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. These numbers seem quite appropriate for a vehicle of this size and weight, so driving dynamics are more than decent.
Still, we would rather pay extra for the optional L86 engine. We are talking about a 6.2-liter unit, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which delivers notably better driving dynamics and overall performance.
Finally, there is a diesel option. It uses a 3.0-liter V6, which is efficient but moves this large SUV with ease, thanks to the max output of 460 pound-feet. The max power goes around 277 horsepower.
All three engines come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which shifts smoothly and on time.
2022 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
As we are talking about the model that won’t bring any bigger novelty than a couple of new standard features, we believe it won’t hit the market before the last quarter of the year. Also, the price should remain the same as for the current model, which starts at around 52.000 dollars. Some of the competitors are models like Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada etc.