The current generation of GMC’s full-size SUV has been around since 2021 and after the minor update for the second production year, which has brought a new infotainment system and standard digital instrument cluster, we expect that the 2023 GMC Yukon will come without bigger changes. It will represent the third production year of the generation, so we could say it’s still early for a mid-cycle refresh. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see things like new standard features and similar things.
The overall layout will remain the same. We are about to see an SUV that has a lot of good things to offer, starting from a spacious and well-designed cabin. The number of standard features is also pretty respectable, while the ride is smooth and relaxed. Of course, there is a wide powertrain offer, which includes a diesel version, while the AT4 model also offers decent off-road capability.
As there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 GMC Yukon will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 GMC Yukon Design
This will be the third production year of the current generation and therefore, we don’t expect to see more important changes. The current model still looks really good, thanks to the muscular aesthetical approach, the same as in the Sierra pickup truck. The current generation is based on the T1 platform, while the suspension setup ensures a smooth and relaxed ride. All models come standard with the independent rear suspension, which doesn’t just improve the ride quality, but also positively affects the cargo volume.
This is primarily a family hauler. However, versions like the AT4 also offer strong off-road performance. This version comes with off-road features like standard four-wheel drive, hill descent control, a two-speed transfer case, a heavy-duty air filter, a front skid plate etc.
Changes on the inside won’t happen either. We are about to see the familiar layout, which offers a lot of good things. First of all, tis SUV offers tremendous amounts of space. It comes with three rows of seats and all of them are generous with space. Even the third row accommodates adults passengers with ease. The front seats are massive and supportive, though a little bit firmer than you would probably expect.
The cargo volume is excellent. You may count on about 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 72.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 122.9 behind the first row. If that’s not enough for you, the long-wheelbase Yukon XL offers nearly 150 cubic feet of the total cargo volume
Besides plenty of space, this model also offers a nicely designed cab, with quality materials and very good build quality. The sound insulation is good.
The 2023 Yukon might come with a couple of novelties but most of the features will certainly remain the same. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like tri-zone climate control, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.2-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, six USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Additionally, you can get upgrades like a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, Bose stereo with nine or 14 speakers, panoramic sunroof etc.
The same thing is with safety features. All models should come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers etc. Things like reverse automatic emergency braking, lane change alert, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, head-up display and surround-view camera will be on the list of options.
2023 GMC Yukon Engines
We expect that the 2023 GMC Yukon will continue with three familiar powertrain options on the offer. Base models should carry on with a 5.3-liter V8, which is good for about 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Also, you may count on a bigger and more capable 6.2-liter unit, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
For those who care about fuel economy, there is a diesel version, equipped with GM’s familiar 3.0-liter inline-four, which puts out around 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the massive torque, this engine moves the Yukon with ease, while the average fuel economy is rated at a pretty impressive 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
All three engines come coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2023 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 GMC Yukon will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 53.000 dollars. The long-wheelbase Yukon XL should cost around $2700 more. When it comes to the competition, there are models like Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada etc.