The 2023 GMC Yukon and its long-wheelbase twin Yukon XL come to represent the third production year of the current generation. Therefore, it’s no wonder that most things have remained the same, as it is still early for a mid-cycle update. Still, this full-size SUV doesn’t come without novelties, as the company is introducing a new range-topping version, which will debut soon as the 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Unlimited. It will bring a few upgrades over the standard Denali, both in terms of aesthetics and interior features. The rest of the lineup will remain the same.
Therefore, you may count on familiar pros and cons, despite the updates. This is one of the most interesting full-size SUVs on the market, with a well-rounded design. We like its super-spacious interior, as well as the long list of standard equipment. Furthermore, the powertrain lineup is wide and offers both capable and very economical variants.
We expect to see the 2023 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL on sale this fall.
2023 GMC Yukon Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 GMC Yukon will represent the third production year of the current generation. So, the overall design will remain the same. On the other hand, a big novelty comes in the form of the new range-topping Denali Ultimate trim, which will come with a couple of recognizable styling details. Just like the standard Denali, it comes with lots of exclusive chrome details but in this case, it’s about darkened chrome. Also, it comes with exclusive wheels design.
On the other hand, the rest of the lineup will continue in the same way. We are about to see the same overall design and that refers to the Yukon XL, which features additional 13.1 inches in the wheelbase, providing additional third-row passenger room and additional cargo space.
The new 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate will bring a couple of exclusive interior features as well. Some of the highlights will be things like Alpine Umber leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim and additional convenience features. On the other hand, the rest of the lineup will continue without changes. Once again, most models will feature a dashboard design with a tablet-like infotainment screen, while the Denali will come with a more exclusive design, which comes with an integrated touchscreen and a more upscale overall look.
Of course, you may count on the same amount of interior space. The standard Yukon already comes with three adult-friendly rows of seat, whereas the third row offers around 35 inches of legroom. The cargo area offers around 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 72.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 122.9 behind the front seats.
The Yukon XL features 134 inches in wheelbase and therefore, it offers more space in the third row and more cargo volume. You may count on nearly two more inches in the third-row legroom, while the cargo area offers around 41.5 cubic feet behind the third row, 94 cubic feet behind the second row and nearly 145 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. Those are class-leading numbers.
The new Denali Ultimate will bring a couple of additional features, such as 16-way power-adjustable front seats with massage, open-pore wood trim, and an 18-speaker Bose stereo system. The rest of the lineup should feature bigger changes. Therefore, base models should come standard with goodies like a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, 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, push-button start, remote start, keyless entry, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Among optional features, expect to find goodies like a panoramic sunroof, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, and a Bose stereo with nine or 14 speakers.
2023 GMC Yukon Engines
The 2023 GMC Yukon will continue with three engine options on the offer. Base models will continue with a 5.3-liter V8, which puts out around 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for decent driving dynamics. For those who look for something more, there is the well-known 6.2-liter V8, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, offering much better driving dynamics.
Finally, there is a version with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel, which puts out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. If offers decent performance but more importantly, you may count on excellent fuel economy, which goes around 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
All three engines come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2023 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL Release Date and Price
We expect that the next year’s model will arrive this fall, with a starting price of around 57.000 dollars. The long-wheelbase Yukon XL should go around 59.500 dollars. Key competitors are models like Ford Expedition, Jeep Wagoneer, Toyota Sequoia etc.