The 2023 GMC Yukon will represent the third production year of the current generation and while that seems early for a mid-cycle update, it’s good to know that some important novelties are still coming. This particularly refers to the new off-road version called the AT4X, which will bring a couple of upgrades over the standard AT4 model. Other than that, we don’t believe that the next year’s model could bring more important novelties, though there is always room for minor updates on the list of standard equipment, new color options and similar things.
The overall layout will remain the same. Therefore, we expect to see familiar pros and cons of this SUV. What we really like about is the cavernous cabin, which offers plenty of passenger and cargo room. Furthermore, we like the wide powertrain offer, as well as the long list of standard equipment. On the other hand, the biggest complaint goes to the front seats, which seem too firm.
Despite the potential novelties, we don’t believe that the 2023 GMC Yukon could arrive before the last quarter of the year.
2023 GMC Yukon Design
Design-wise, the 2023 GMC Yukon will certainly continue in the same way. This will be the third production year of the generation that’s based on the T1 platform, which is significantly lighter compared to the previous model. Furthermore, we also like the fact that independent rear suspension comes standard, which has a big impact on comfort and overall ride quality. Furthermore, we really like the SUV’s muscular and bold styling, heavily inspired by the Sierra pickup.
The biggest novelty for the next year should be the new AT4X model, which will be the most capable off-roader in the lineup. Just like the standard AT4, it will come standard with four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, skid plates etc. Additionally, it will bring suspension upgrades, with springs that provide more suspension travel. Also, it will come with front and rear electronically locking differentials, as well as with additional skid plates. Finally, count on new 18-inc mud-terrain tires for improved traction. Naturally, we also expect to see a couple of exclusive styling details, which will accentuate the model’s off-road nature.
On the other hand, we don’t expect changes on the inside. The 2023 GMC Yukon interior will continue in the same way, with a combination of nice materials and good build quality. Also, the flagship Denali trim will continue with a uniquely designed dashboard, which looks more upscale compared to the one that can be found in other Yukon models.
Still, we have no doubt that interior space will remain Yukon’s main thing. This SUV offers tremendous amounts of space, starting from three generous rows of seats, which can accommodate up to 8 adult passengers with ease. However, while the amount of passenger space is impressive, we would like a little bit better front seats, with more comfort and better support.
The cargo area is as impressive. It offers around 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 72.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 122.9 behind the first row, which are spectacular numbers for the class. If that’s not enough for you, there is also a long-wheelbase version, which offers 41.5 cubic feet behind the third row, 93.8 cubic feet behind the second and 144.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
We don’t expect bigger changes in this aspect. So, all models should come standard with goodies like tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, remote start, 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.2-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, six USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The list of available features should include goodies like a panoramic sunroof, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, and a Bose stereo with nine or 14 speakers.
2023 GMC Yukon Engines
The powertrain lineup definitely won’t change. So, base versions will continue with a 5.3-liter V8, which puts out around 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. While that’s plenty enough for a convenient ride, you can also opt for a more capable 6.2-liter V8, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Considering that gas prices are going up these days, you may also consider the diesel version of this SUV. It features a familiar 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out 277 horsepower and a pretty impressive 460 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, you may count on class-leading fuel economy, which goes around 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
All three engines come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2023 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 GMC Yukon sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 53.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada.