GMC’s new 2015 Yukon family is more rugged, capable than ever before


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You’ve got tasks in mind for your sport-utility vehicle. So why not get them done better than ever before with a little style? The GMC 2015 Yukon, Yukon XL and flagship Yukon Denali are coming to Pittsburgh area GMC dealerships, showcasing improved capabilities, refinement, more power, new fold-flat rear seats and a quieter interior.

Greater capability in the Yukon line comes in the form of bold styling with advanced technologies, including new safety and security features. A more robust menu of standard features and enhanced infotainment options broaden this utility lineup’s broad appeal.

The new EcoTec3 engine family makes the 2015 Yukon line more powerful and efficient than before. A 5.3-liter V8 is standard in Yukon and Yukon XL models and an exclusive 6.2-liter engine is standard in Denali models.

The EcoTec3 engines feature state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions. More precisely controlled combustion enables the new engines to run with a higher compression ratio, which delivers muscle and optimal V8 fuel efficiency.

Hydraulic engine mounts, electronic throttle control, adaptive exhaust systems, improved aerodynamics and other technologies help the engines operate in four-cylinder mode for longer periods of time, with active fuel management further increasing efficiency. Both engines are matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.

While Yukon and Yukon XL share design, architectural and powertrain elements, they are different vehicles. The wheelbase of Yukon XL is approximately 14 inches longer, and the vehicle and is approximately 20 inches longer overall, providing greater legroom for third-row passengers and almost twice the cargo room behind the third-row seat.

When it comes to safety, the Yukon lineup incorporates new technologies to help protect the driver and passengers before, during and after a collision. They include a forward radar system and a front-seat center-mounted air bag (in models with bucket seats), which is engineered to provide additional protection to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.

Standard and available safety features, depending on the model, also include forward-collision alert, front park assist, lane-departure warning, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic braking, and GMC’s Safety Alert Seat, which offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats.

Looking at 2015 Yukon, bold styling cues include highly detailed, chrome-accented grilles matched with GMC’s signature C-shaped light-emitting diode-lighting motif, front and rear. Projector-beam headlamps are standard on Yukon and Yukon XL. The distinctive Denali models are identified by their signature chrome grille and unique exterior appointments, including high-intensity discharge headlamps.

In addition, new inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly reducing wind noise and contributing to improved aerodynamics. Laminated windshield and front-door glass enhance quietness. A standard rear spoiler on the liftgate houses a rear window wiper that is hidden when not in use. A family of 18-, 20- and 22-inch wheels is deployed, including standard 20-inch wheels on Denali.

A look inside 2015 Yukon shows crafted interior features with authentic materials and premium infotainment choices. Examples include a soft-touch instrument panel, console and door panel materials with live stitching and the use of ambient lighting in functional areas, including first- and second-row foot wells and the center console.

All models have a standard Bose sound system, seats with dual-firmness foam and an ambient air vent designed to enhance comfort for front-seat passengers. Denali models feature active noise cancelation technology to make the interior even quieter.

There are more storage options in the new Yukon lineup, including a compartmentalized center console that’s large enough to store a laptop or iPad and has provisions for hanging file folders and other organizational features, ideal for customers whose vehicle serves as a “rolling office.”

As a full-sized, upscale SUV, the Yukon lineup is not for everybody. It also takes a little getting used to for novice drivers, especially when it comes to sight lines and parking. However, if your work or family needs require a full-sized SUV with seating for up to nine and plenty of cargo capability, the new Yukon lineup is right up your alley. And because it’s a GMC, it features strong construction that is as rugged as its name. That makes it especially well-suited to the rough terrain of Western Pennsylvania.


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