New 2024 GMC Yukon Denali Models, Release Date, Price – There is a reason why customers gravitate toward the GMC Yukon rather than its corporate brethren, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade. The Yukon has long been General Motors’ ideal full-size SUV. The Tahoe may be too basic vanilla for others, while the Escalade may have too much sparkle. The Yukon strikes the optimal balance of elegance and premium stature without being excessive.
As with those two SUVs, the 2024 GMC Yukon is offered in an extended-length variant dubbed the Yukon XL, effectively a more costly Chevy Suburban and a less expensive Escalade ESV. Our week-long testing was a fully loaded 2024 Yukon 4WD AT4 standard length, complete with the optional 6.2-liter EcoTec V8 engine with 420 horsepower. This engine has the maximum output of the three available engines, including a 277-hp turbo-diesel and a 355-hp 5.3-liter V8. However AT4 vehicles lack the torquey diesel.
2024 GMC Yukon Redesign
For the 2024 model year, the 2024 GMC Yukon series will include a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. The interior technology has been improved, with a new Connected Infotainment System created in collaboration with Google. The luxury Denali now comes standard with the formerly optional power-sliding center console. The only difference on the exterior is the addition of Redwood Metallic to the color pallet. This year, the AT4 model gains a larger 6.2-liter V8 engine as an option. The entry-level model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels. The rest of the cars in the series have bigger 20-inch wheels.
Red recovery hooks and a performance front skid plate are standard on the tough AT4. The Denali comes standard with a panoramic power sunroof, which is also available on most other trim levels, including our AT4 tester. Additionally, the Denali has satin chrome bodyside moldings and a distinctive grille. The Yukon AT4, in particular, has an extremely appealing external design. When we drove the Satin Steel Metallic model ($495) with the $8,650 AT4 Premium Plus Package, we got power-retractable aid steps with cool LED perimeter lighting, a panoramic sunroof with two panes, and adaptive air suspension for the front and back seats.
GMC has worked diligently to elevate the new Yukon above not just its predecessor, but also its competitors, as is evident upon climbing into the cabin. It’s really large, and even grownups in the third row will feel at ease. While the materials are mainly satisfactory, it’s worth noting that the expensive Denali has been further distinguished from the rest of the lineup by a distinctive cabin design and an emphasis on premium materials. All 2024 versions now include a digital gauge cluster, which is rather impressive. It even comes with power-adjustable front seats and tri-zone automatic temperature control. The fully equipped Denali has a power-adjustable steering column, a 15-inch color head up display, and a 14-speaker Bose sound system, while the base Yukon comes with those features.
The Jet Black leather seats contrast nicely with the Satin Steel exterior. Rear-seat passengers benefited from a media system comprised of two rear-mounted 12.6-inch color LCD touchscreens fastened to the driver and front passenger seats as part of our AT4’s costly Premium Plus Package. This is something that will come in handy on road trips, amusing both children and adults. The GMC’s cabin is large in general, although not every row is equal. For an extra $370, you can get heated bucket seats in the second row that can be folded down at the touch of a button. The heated bucket seats in the second row are very popular with our passengers.
Rather than downsizing and forcing induction, GMC chose natural aspiration and pure displacement for the pair of V8 engines. These engine are well-known as they are also used in the Chevrolet Tahoe. The smaller 5.3-liter V8 generates 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, but only at 4,100 rpm. The 6.2-liter V8 produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, giving it a distinct advantage off the line and while overtaking at higher speeds. The 3.0-liter turbocharged Duramax inline-six engine produces just 277 horsepower, but it is all about the 460 lb-ft of torque produced at just 1,500 rpm.
Regardless of engine selection, every Yukon comes standard with a ten-speed automatic transmission that is both smooth and decisive. In comparison to the six-speeder utilized in the previous generation Yukon, this gearbox makes far better use of the smaller V8’s lower outputs. Unfortunately, the AT4 cannot be fitted with the oil burner, which is arguably the best engine for this trim due to the torque being available early in the rpm range.
2024 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
The GMC Yukon starts at $52,100 for the SLE model with the 5.3-liter V8 engine and 2WD. The SLT is priced at $58,900 when equipped with the same powertrain and transmission. Adding the Duramax diesel engine to either of those adds $845 to the SLT and $895 to the SLE. Add $3,000 to the cost of 4WD.
The AT4 begins at $66,600 with standard four-wheel drive and a 5.3-liter V8 engine. The 6.2-liter engine adds $2,440 to the price. The top-of-the-line Denali with 2WD starts at $70,000, and adding 4WD adds another $3,000. The manufacturer makes no distinction in pricing between the different engines for the fully-loaded variant.