GMC Yukon

In 1992, GMC launched its latest full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV), the GMC Yukon. The Yukon is a rebadged version of the Jimmy, the brand's previous full-size SUV. The GMC Yukon shares many similarities with the Chevrolet Tahoe, which was re-badged in 1994 from the Chevrolet Blazer. Both versions come with either a standard or lengthened wheelbase. The extended GMC version is known as the GMC Yukon XL and the Chevrolet model as the Chevrolet Suburban.

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GMC Yukon Origins

The current GMC Yukon model line was introduced in 2007. General Motors redesigned both the GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe to be built on the GMT900 platform. This redevelopment of both full-size SUVs began in 2005 so that they would be available for sale for the 2007 model year. With the launch of the latest version, General Motors also redesigned the exterior of the vehicles. In the past, the Yukon and Tahoe were almost exactly the same.

About the GMC Yukon

The 2007 GMC Yukon has a different hood, lights, and front grille than the Chevrolet Tahoe. The GMC Yukon displays a metal grille with the GMC badge in the center, while the Chevrolet Tahoe grille is divided by a bar the same color as the body. The hood of the GMC Yukon is smooth while the Chevrolet Tahoe has a center bump. Both SUVs have an angular, upscale look. The interior design aims for the upscale market and includes real wood trim on the dashboard and chrome accents on the instrument controls.

The latest version of the GMC Yukon houses either a 4.8-liter V-8 or 5.3-liter V-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. General Motors launched a hybrid version of the GMC Yukon in 2008. A 6.2-liter V-8 engine comes with the Denali trim line. All 2009 models have a six-speed automatic transmission instead of the four-speed. The GMC Yukon underwent a refresh in 2010.

GMC Yukon Evolution

When GMC introduced the Yukon in 1992, it came only as a two-door version. This version utilizes the GMT400 platform, which the company also uses for its full-size pickup trucks. In 1994, a four-door version joined the line. Both two- and four-door versions come with either rear or four-wheel drive layouts. The two-door version of the GMC Yukon was discontinued in 1997. In 1998, the Denali trim line added to the GMC Yukon model lineup. This serves as an upscale version of the SUV and markets itself toward higher income families.

The 1992 includes a standard Chevrolet 5.7-liter V-8 engine. This remained the only engine option for the GMC Yukon until 1996 when a 5.7-liter or 7.4-liter Vortec V-8 engine became the standard and upgraded engine options. With the new engine, the power of the GMC Yukon increases from 200 horsepower to 255 horsepower, with the 5.7-liter Vortec engine. It also gets significantly better gas mileage.

The first generation of the GMC Yukon comes with either a four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual one. GMC produced it from 1992 to 1999, and throughout that time, General Motors made changes to the interior and the exterior of the GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe each year. The brand discontinued the line when the newest generations of the GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe were launched for the 2000 model year.

The redesign of the GMC Yukon for the 2000 model year uses the GMT800 platform instead of the GMT400. This new General Motors platform is used for all of its full-size pickup trucks. The new model comes as a four-door full-size SUV only, with a four-speed automatic transmission. The GMC Yukon underwent significant updates from the previous version, giving it softer lines to make it more aerodynamic and a new dashboard, seats, and door panels inside the SUV.

Two new engine options come with the 2000 GMC Yukon, replacing the larger 5.7-liter V-8. Consumers can choose between a 4.8-liter V-8 engine with a power rating of 275 horsepower and a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 285 horsepower. Although both engine options are noticeably smaller than the previous option, they both offer more power and better fuel economy. In 2003, StabiliTrak, the General Motors stability control system, was added to the GMC Yukon for the first time.

This generation of the GMC Yukon stayed in production until 2006. During that time, General Motors continued to update the look, comfort, and performance of the SUV. The addition of entertainment systems and their upgrades help market the GMC Yukon to the more upmarket population. Also, engine retuning in 2004 added 10 horsepower to each engine.

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