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2019 GMC Yukon: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - June 18, 2018
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Model Preview

Since its redesign in 2015, the GMC Yukon has received only a handful of changes here and there. In 2019, we expect this to remain the same, except for the release of two new Graphite Edition models.

Visually, the 2019 GMC Yukon will be identical to the current model, making this design language five-model-years old. In the large-SUV class the Yukon plays in, there are limited rivals and little change, so these looks are still fresh. The lack of change will continue in its cavernous interior.

What will change stylistically, though, is GMC introducing two new Graphite Edition packages for the Yukon and Yukon XL. The Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages are similar, but the latter packs a bigger wallop and a few extra features.

Visually, this package changes up the 2019 GMC Yukon by adding 22-inch wheels — machined with Carbon Flash Metallic inserts on the Graphite Edition and gloss-black on the Performance Edition — black assist steps with gloss-black accents, premium black-chrome fog light surrounds and grille mesh insert, a body-color grille surround, black roof rails, gloss-black beltline moldings, and other black trimming.

On the Graphite Performance Edition, you will find a few extra interior goodies like Bose active noise cancellation, a multi-color head-up display, a 9-inch configurable driver info center, and an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation.

2019 GMC Yukon

We expect the 5.3-liter V8 engine with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque to power most of the 2019 GMC Yukon lineup, including the longer XL model. We expect the Denali model will continue to work with a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. We also expect no changes to the transmissions, which would mean all 5.3-liter-equipped models will continue to use the six-speed automatic, while the 6.2-liter V8-powered Denali will retain its 10-speed unit.

We mentioned earlier the 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition will have a healthy power boost, and that will come in the form of the same 6.2-liter V8 the Denali model uses. It will also share the Denali’s 10-speed automatic transmission. Other performance updates to the 2019 Yukon Graphite Performance Edition will include magnetic ride control, an active two-speed transfer case on four-wheel-drive models, 3.23-to-1 axle ratio, a 170-amp alternator, a high-capacity air cleaner, and more.

The IIHS is not interested in throwing big, expensive SUVs into walls, so there are no IIHS safety ratings for it. In NHTSA government testing, though, the 2018 GMC Yukon received a four-star overall rating. It received five-star ratings in both front and side crash-safety tests, but its three-star rollover rating dragged its overall score down.

With its basic suite airbags and other required safety bits combined with its optional low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beams, the 2018 Yukon may have qualified as an IIHS Top Safety Pick. We expect all the safety equipment and ratings to remain unchanged in 2019.

Pricing & Release Date

GMC plans to have the 2019 Yukon Graphite Editions in showrooms in the summer of 2018, and we expect the rest of the lineup to arrive about the same time.

Pricing remains uncertain, but with minimal changes, we do not expect a big price hike relative to the 2018 Yukon lineup. For reference, the 2018 Yukon’s MSRP ranges from $50,395 to $70,495 (destination fees included). The 2018 Yukon XL’s prices range from $53,095 to $73,195 (destination fees included).

The 2019 GMC Yukon will compete with the Toyota Sequoia, Chevrolet Suburban, and the Ford Expedition.

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Pictured: 2019 Yukon

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