GM has quite a number of SUV models in its lineup and the 2018 GMC Yukon is one of the popular ones. The full sized SUV as GM calls it is aimed at mid to large sized families who want an SUV with more focus on utility factor than sheer sporty ride. Over the years it has received few revamps and GM gives it another makeover for 2018 model year.
2018 GMC Yukon – Unique Feature
Design changes to 2018 Yukon may not be obvious at first glance. However, by looking at it closely you can spot small changes in bumpers, grille and side body profile. The Projector beam headlamps and Led lights make it look enticing. The SUV is sold in 3 trims- SLE, SLT, and Denali. Overall, the boxy look is there but the corners are a bit rounded. The exterior hues include Onyx black, summit white, quicksilver metallic etc. In Denali trim, you get bigger wheels and distinctive grille. Wheel sizes vary from 18 to 22 inch, based on which trim you pick.
The cabin of 2018 Yukon looks quite sophisticated and laden with amenities you may not expect in this class usually, as it is. The standard seating setup can accommodate 9 persons. The third row of seats is not exactly suited for big sized adult passengers. The 2nd and 3rd row of seats is foldable. You will find the cabin quite car like and material quality is not cheap by any means. GM deploys plenty of noise insulating materials and technologies to cut out wind, engine and road noise. The result is an impressively quiet cabin. In-cabin storage options are aplenty. Cargo storage volume at default setup is 15.3 cubic feet. The cabin has enough soft-touch materials, Automatic Climate Control, Contrast stitching on console and aluminum trim.
2018 GMC Yukon – Powertrain
The 2018 GMC Yukon has two engine choices for buyers. The 5.3-liter V-8 engine makes an output of 355 horsepower while Denali trim gets a powerful 6.2-liter V-8 engine generating 5420 HP. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission while the other engine gets clubbed with a 6-speed automatic transmission unit. The maximum towing capacity for Yukon is 8500 pounds- which is decent.
The 2018 GMC Yukon comes with enough amenities and safety features, as it is. Entry-level SLE trim gets cloth seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, 9 Speaker Bose sound system, tinted windows, automatic windshield wipers. Optional features are automatic dimming mirrors, trailer brake controller, and Enhanced Driver Alert Package.
In SLT trim, you get heated seats, ventilated front seats, proximity key, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel. Options include navigation, sunroof and back seat entertainment system. Denali trim comes with all bells and whistles, as expected. It gets a Bose Centerpoint surround sound setup, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and active noise cancellation tech.
GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system is excellent and it is compatible with Smartphone. It supports USB and Bluetooth too. You can opt for embedded 4G WiFi Hotspots. An 8-inch touch display unit is there to control the infotainment system. You can also use MyGMC mobile app to control certain features of the vehicle remotely. The cabin also has an 110-volt power outlet along with several USB ports.
As for safety, all trims get a rear view camera, airbags, and traction control. SLT and Denali get features like Forwarding Collision Alert, Lane Change Alert, Low-Speed Automatic Braking, and Side Blind Zone Alert. Adaptive Cruise Control is available. GM’s Onstar service is available for free for three months and it comes with a plethora of features like Automatic Crash Response, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics. GM’s newly introduced Teen Driver mode is also there. The enhanced security package brings in Glass breakage sensors, an inclination sensor, and Ultrasonic motion detectors.
2018 GMC Yukon – Price and Release Date
The expected base price of 2018 GMC Yukon is $49,000. It is going to be unveiled in late 2017.
The 2018 GMC Yukon is a well designed and feature rich large SUV that offers good performance too. The design changes are few and engine choices are commendable. But the Yukon’s base trim lacks most safety features and Denali, when properly equipped can be pretty costly. Even then, the 2018 Yukon offers a lot for the price tag.