GMC Yukon XL 2500

The GMC Yukon XL 2500 is a three-quarter-ton, full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured by General Motors under the GMC division. It is part of the extremely popular GMC and Chevrolet Suburban SUV series, which has been in production since 1937 without an end in sight.

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GMC Yukon XL 2500 Origins

The Suburban was introduced as a vehicle with a station wagon body mounted on a commercial frame. However, the vehicle became a full-size SUV during the later generations in the late 1980s. The GMC Yukon XL 2500 and the Suburban are one of the largest SUVs ever produced. The Suburban has outlasted several of its competitors, including the Ford Excursion and Jeep Wagoneer.

The GMC Suburban has been used over the years as a police and fire chief vehicle, as well as an EMS emergency response vehicle. The U.S. Secret Service uses armored versions of this SUV for the President. GMC used the Suburban nameplate for just a little over 60 years, and it was dropped and renamed as the GMC Yukon XL 2500 for the three-quarter-ton SUV and as the GMC Yukon XL 1500 for the half-ton SUV. Chevrolet continues to sell the SUV with the Suburban nameplate.

About the GMC Yukon XL 2500

The GMC Yukon XL 2500 and 1500 comprise a part of one of the longest selling automobile models in the world. The Suburban has a reputation for being an extremely reliable car because of its station wagon body and truck-based frame underneath. It can be used commercially as well as for personal purposes, and the renamed GMC Yukon XL 2500 retains this reliability. The SUV provides one of the first choices for families that need the best cargo and passenger capacity among SUVs along with a good towing capacity.

The name has changed, but the GMC Yukon XL 2500 is unmistakably still a Suburban with its rigid underpinnings, comfortable ride, spacious seating, and strong performance. Other large SUVs in the segment offer better luxury features, but the GMC Yukon XL is the only full-size SUV that still sells in light- and heavy-duty versions.

GMC Yukon XL 2500 Features

The 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500 comes with a comfortable and fresh interior that carries forward from a recent redesign. The exterior looks sleek and more aerodynamic than the previous generation Yukon XL. Nevertheless, the frame of the vehicle remains strong and rigid in keeping with its SUV heritage.

As a heavy-duty version, the GMC Yukon XL 2500 can comfortably seat a maximum of nine passengers. The vehicle comes in two-wheel and four-wheel drive. The former can tow a maximum of 9,600 pounds while the latter can tow 9,300 pounds.

The 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500 offers two trim levels: SLE and SLT. Both variants contain a 6.0-liter V-8 engine under the hood that delivers 352 hp at 5400 rpm. The engine is compatible with E85 fuel, and couples with a six-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

Both SLE and SLT models of the GMC Yukon XL 2500 have certain standard safety features, such as side curtain airbags, dual-stage front and seat mounted airbags, a StabiliTrak stability control system, dynamic rear proportioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, an OnStar security system, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

GMC Yukon XL 2500 Evolution

The GMC Suburban was renamed the Yukon XL in late 1999, and the name change came into effect in the 2000 model year. However, the half-ton 1500 and three-quarter-ton 2500 versions remain. The GMC Yukon XL 2500 and 1500 come in Base LS and LT trim levels, with either two-wheel drive or pushbutton four-wheel drive, which includes a low-range transfer case. The vehicle comes with a relatively inexpensive tow hitch and trailer wiring option that proves quite popular for the Suburban.

The previous generation Suburban models featured the very popular 5.7-liter and 7.4-liter V-8 engines. However, a new 6.0-liter V-8 comes on the newly renamed GMC Yukon XL 2500 and 1500. Other new features found in this SUV include puddle lamps in the side mirrors of the LT and LS models, spare tires beneath the vehicle instead of inside the cargo space, and four-wheel disc brakes. The LT models have climate control and load-leveling Autoride suspension, while the LS model offers a self-leveling Premium Ride suspension.

The V-8 engines received a power boost of 20 hp in 2001, and the GMC Yukon XL 2500 also received an optional 8.1-liter V-8 engine. In 2005, GMC discontinued the longtime standard barn door style and replaced it with the liftgate style.

The 2007 GMC Yukon XL 2500 was introduced at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The previous generation Yukon XL used a box-like GMT800 platform, but the new GMC Yukon XL 2500 builds on the more modern and sleeker GMT900 platform. Dealerships began to sell the eleventh generation Suburban in April 2006.

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