2022 GMC Yukon Preview: Denali, Release date, AT4, Changes, Colors

After the recent full redesign, it looks pretty obvious that the 2022 GMC Yukon, which will represent the second production year, will come without changes. Moreover, even minor updates don’t seem particularly likely, so the best we could expect to see are few novelties in terms of standard equipment. Other than that, this will be a typical carryover model.

In other words, you may count on the same design and features we saw in the 2021 model. This SUV is huge and offers tremendous amounts of passenger and cargo space. Furthermore, we like its long list of standard equipment and pretty luxurious feel. Some versions even offer solid off-road performance, such as the new AT4 trim. On the other hand, the Denali trim brings more luxury to the table.

The engine lineup will also remain the same, which means you may count on three familiar units, including a diesel. Since there are no bigger changes to come, we presume that the 2022 GMC Yukon will hit the market sometime late in the year.

2022 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2022 GMC Yukon Redesign

As there are no significant changes to come, the 2022 GMC Yukon will be largely the same as the 2021 model, which received a full redesign. The new generation is lighter and more efficient. Also, it rides much better than its predecessor, partly thanks to the standard independent rear suspension.

What we also like about the Yukon is that can choose a variety of different versions. Besides the standard model, GMC traditionally offers the Denali trim, which comes with more standard equipment, unique styling details and more. We also like the new AT4 model, which is equipped with some decent off-road hardware. You may count on goodies like standard 4WD, a two-speed transfer case, skid plates, and hill descent control.

Finally, there is the Yukon XL, a stretched version with a longer wheelbase, more passenger space and a significantly bigger cargo area.


Interior changes aren’t expected either. Therefore, the 2022 GMC Yukon will continue with two familiar dashboard layouts. Standard models are characterized by a tablet-like touchscreen, while the Denali comes with a modified dash that offers an integrated infotainment screen and generally looks more upscale. Still, we find both variants attractive enough, while base models already offer a decent level of quality, whether it’s about materials or build quality.

2022 GMC Yukon Interior

More importantly, this cabin is huge. You may count on three spacious rows of seats and all three accommodate adults with ease. Besides seating capacity for eight adults, this cabin also offers a tremendous amount of cargo space. You may count on about 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats. 72.6 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down and 122.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down.

The long-wheelbase Yukon XL is even more impressive and offers around 41.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 93.8 cubes with the third row folded, and 144.7 cubic feet in total. Those are class-leading numbers.


A couple of novelties are always possible in this aspect but we are pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same as in the 2021 models. Therefore, base models should come equipped with goodies like tri-zone climate control, remote start, a 10.2-inch touch screen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, six USB ports, and Bluetooth. The list of options should include goodies like a panoramic sunroof, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The same thing is with safety features. Base models will come equipped with a rearview camera, a rear-seat reminder, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, front and rear parking sensors. Additionally, there are upgrades like a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, a rear camera mirror, rear pedestrian alert, and a surround-view parking camera system.

2022 GMC Yukon AT4

2022 GMC Yukon Engines

Things under the hood definitely won’t change. Base models will continue with a familiar 5.3-liter V8, which features a max output of 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The base engine offers enough power for decent driving dynamics but you can also opt for a more powerful 6.2-liter V8. This one puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

If you’re looking to save some money on fuel, a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel may be a good choice. It’s not particularly fast but it’s great for towing. The max output goes around 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

All three engines come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

2022 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price

We expect to see the 2022 GMC Yukon sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 51.000 dollars. Some of the key competitors are models like Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia etc.

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