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2015 GMC Yukon Family is Designed for Comfort And Capability
NAPA, Calif. (Tuesday, February 25, 2014) –Although they’re based on the same architecture
and share styling elements, the all-new 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL – and Yukon Denali / Yukon
XL Denali – are engineered for the different needs of different SUV customers. All models
deliver more expressive designs, ergonomically enhanced interiors and greater infotainment
options.
Yukon offers great roominess, capability and maneuverability for customers on the go, while
Yukon XL delivers maximum passenger and cargo-hauling capability for those more likely to
transport passengers in the third-row seat. Yukon XL owners are also more likely to use their
vehicle for trailering.
Denali models are distinguished with unique exterior and interior elements, as well as exclusive
features not shared with other Yukon models, including active noise cancellation.
Dimensionally, the Yukon XL’s 3,302 mm (130-inch) wheelbase is 355 mm (14 inches) longer
than Yukon, and its 5,697 mm (224.3-inch) overall length is 500 mm (about 20 inches) longer
than Yukon. Inside, that means slightly more second-row legroom for Yukon XL passengers, but
nearly 10 inches more legroom for the third-row passengers – a primary purchase decision for
many Yukon XL customers.
Yukon and Yukon XL offer ample cargo room, but Yukon XL’s larger cargo area enables it to
haul more. Its maximum cargo volume of 3,439 litres (121.1 cubic feet) is 28 percent greater
than Yukon’s 2,681 litres (94.7-cubic-foot) maximum volume; and behind the third-row seats,
there is (433 litres) (15.3 cubic feet) of cargo room in the Yukon and 1,113 litres (39.3 cubic
feet) in the Yukon XL.
When it comes to trailering capability, Yukon and Yukon XL are engineered to make it easier,
with features including a tow/haul mode, trailer sway control, auto grade braking and hill-start
assist. The ratings between them are similar, but because of the gross vehicle weight rating
differences between the vehicles, the lighter Yukon carries a slightly higher maximum capacity:
2,855 kg (8,500 pounds) vs. the Yukon XL’s 3,765 kg (8,300-pound) rating (2WD models
compared).
The face of GMC
The 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL share design elements that make them more refined and
precisely sculpted, including all-new headlamps and grille designs. SLE and SLT models feature
chrome grille surrounds and standard projector-beam headlamps complemented by GMC’s
signature LED daytime running lamps within the headlamp housings (and LED turn signals).
Yukon and Yukon Denali models share a familial look of rugged refinement that is seen across
the brand’s lineup, from the Sierra to the Acadia and all-new Canyon midsize truck.
Denali models have a chrome grille that’s a traditional Denali styling cue and body-color fascias.
Standard HID headlamps are a Denali-exclusive feature, along with available power-retractable
chrome side-assist steps that incorporate LED light pipes. Denali models also feature a unique
20-inch wheel design, with 22-inch wheels available.
On all models, new inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the
body, significantly improving the quietness of the interior cabin and contributing to improved
aerodynamics – an attribute that helps the vehicles slip through the air on the highway with less
drag for greater efficiency. Lightweight aluminum hood and aluminum liftgate panels also
enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass.
A standard rear spoiler on the liftgate houses a relocated rear window wiper that is hidden when
not in use. The liftgate also features new worm screw-style arms that take up less interior space
than the previous gooseneck arms.
Additional exterior features include:
• The windshield angle is raked forward more than before and is flattened at the corners,
for better wiper performance
• Laminated windshield and front door glass that contributes to a quieter ride
• To accommodate radar-based safety technology, the lower front fascia no longer include
exposed tow hooks, delivering a more refined appearance
• The B-pillar is moved forward slightly and the C-pillar is a little straighter, making it
easier to get in and out of the vehicles – especially when climbing into the third row
• On Yukon, posts have been added to the rear windows, allowing them to drop fully into
the door
• Standard 18-inch wheels, with 20- and 22-inch wheels available.
Nine exterior color choices are available, including Bronze Alloy Metallic (late availability),
Champagne Silver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Iridium Metallic, Midnight Amethyst Metallic,
Onyx Black, Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White and White Diamond.
More-comfortable and more-refined cabins
The interiors of the new Yukon and Yukon XL have been refined to enhance functionality and
comfort, while delivering the technologies that are more important in the daily routines of
increasingly connected customers. Premium materials and enhanced ergonomics demonstrate
the SUVs’ blend of sophistication, craftsmanship and function.
Aluminum decorative trim is used on Yukon / Yukon XL models, while Denali models feature
aluminum trim with a unique, burnished and tinted appearance, along with authentic Java Burl
Poplar wood accents.
The instrument panel design for all models has a straightforward design featuring a large, easyto-view cluster. For Yukon SLE and SLT, it includes a 4.2-inch color driver information center
display in the center of the cluster, for vehicle and infotainment and other data. Denali models
feature an eight-inch, reconfigurable cluster display.
All functions for the Denali cluster are controlled via the steering wheel and are integrated with
the vehicle’s center stack so drivers can access audio, phone and navigation functions in the
cluster. The unique cluster also includes Tow/Haul mode information, such as brake settings,
gain/output and connection data – a first for Denali.
On all Yukon and Denali models, there is also an eight-inch-diagonal colour touch screen radio
in the centre of the instrument panel, which incorporates a secured storage bin behind the
motorized screen.
The floor-mounted console has map pockets along the side, multiple USB ports and a new 110volt outlet. Plus, there’s a spot designed specifically for cell phone storage. There is also a new
overhead console sunglasses holder that features a conversation mirror, and the rear-seat
cupholders have been relocated from the back of the floor console to the rear doors, creating a
new storage area for rear-seat passengers.
Ambient lighting highlights all functional areas, including footwells and door handles. Another lit
area is the centre floor console (on vehicles with bucket seats), which features two bins that
provide combined storage of more than 35 litres (1.2 cubic feet), including provisions for
hanging files or a laptop.
Designers also worked with ergonomics experts on the placement and size of controls, resulting
in more intuitive locations for many features. The available integrated trailer brake controller, for
example, has been moved higher on the left side of the steering column, where drivers will more
naturally reach for it.
Additional interior features include:
• Keyless entry and push-button start is standard on Yukon SLT and Denali models
• Electric telescoping/tiling steering column is standard on SLT and Denali; a manualadjustable column is standard on SLE
• Heated steering wheel is standard on SLT and Denali
• Sliding cover on the console cupholders
• Fold-flat second- and third-row seats.
Yukon and Yukon XL interiors are available in Jet Black or Cocoa/Dune color combinations.
Denali models are offered in Jet Black, Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere and Cocoa/Shale
combinations.
Enhanced seating
All of the Yukon and Yukon XL’s seats are designed for greater durability, with a new seat
structure that incorporates more durable foam. It not only contributes to greater comfort, but
helps the seats hold their shape better over time.
A new high-wear cloth seat material is standard on SLE, and the second-row bench seat now
reclines. Additional seating features include:
• SLE – Standard front cloth seats, 10-way power-adjustable front bucket driver seat,
including two-way lumbar; and six-way power-adjustable front bucket passenger seat,
including two-way lumber; or optional cloth bench seat; available Safety Alert Seat;
manual folding second- and third-row seats.
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SLT – Standard heated and cooled, perforated leather-appointed, 12-way poweradjustable front bucket seats, including four-way lumbar, Safety Alert Seat; heated,
power release second-row bench seat and power-folding third-row bench seats
standard. Heated, power-folding second-row bucket seats available.
Denali – Standard heated/cooled, perforated leather-appointed, 12-way power bucket
front seats, including four-way lumbar, Safety Alert Seat, heated, power-release folding
second-row bucket seats and power-folding third-row bench seat. Heated, power-folding
second-row bench seat available.
To give owners the added functionality of going from passenger space to cargo usage, the third
and second row seats now fold flat to the floor. For easy access to the third row, there are
power-release second-row switches on the pillar behind the rear door. And to make loading long
and bulky items easy, there are power switches for both the second- and third-row seats just
inside the rear cargo area on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Infotainment and connectivity
The 2015 GMC Yukon’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system is better connected and
offers passengers more choices. It provides easy, intuitive operation of basic functions, yet it is
also highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices such as smartphones, tablets
and MP3 players, giving customers more ways of staying connected – all controlled via a
standard eight-inch color touch screen.
Additional standard and available features include:
• Eight-inch-diagonal colour touch screen and multiple USB ports
• OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (late availability)
• OnStar and IntelliLink with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
• Available navigation.
Yukon models are offered with radio systems that deliver comprehensive connectivity options.
Standard on SLE and SLT is a system featuring:
• AM/FM/HD/XM (with three-month trial)
• Eight-inch color touch screen with audible feedback
• Five USB ports (with front bucket seats), SD card slot, auxiliary jack for MP3 devices
• Voice recognition for mobile device and music
• Full Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio streaming
• Gestures capability with tablet-style functionality
• Time Shift, which allows pausing and rewind of the radio.
Standard on Denali models and available on SLT is a navigation radio that includes all of the
features above, plus embedded navigation, flash memory navigation map capability and map
updates via USB drive.
A rear-seat entertainment system is available across the lineup and features an integrated nineinch-diagonal screen, Blu-ray/DVD player and two wireless headsets. Yukon and Yukon Denali
systems feature a single fold-down screen and Yukon XL / Yukon XL Denali have dual screens.
Please see the separate Yukon Infotainment and Connectivity release for more details on
IntelliLink, OnStar 4G LTE and Text-to-Voice features.
About GMC in Canada
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands.
Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to
offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia
crossover. The 2015 Sierra half-ton pickup boasts all-new powertrains and design, and the
Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks ever built by GMC. Every
retail GMC model, including Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs, is now available in Denali
luxury trim. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.gm.ca, on Twitter at
@GMCCanada or at http://www.facebook.com/gmccanada.
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