According to our sources, GMC’s full-size Yukon is about to receive a mid-cycle update. The current SUV has been introduced in 2013, and since then it hasn’t receive any update, so we are pretty sure it’s coming facelifted sometime next year. Except to the cosmetic changes for the interior and exterior, the 2018 GMC Yukon will get one more option under the hood.
The refreshed model will likely continue to offer its thirsty 6.2-liter V8 that powers the Yukon Denali. However, instead of current 420 horsepower, the mill should produce up to 450 ponies. On the other hand, the 5.3-liter V-8 might be replaced with something more efficient. The most logical choice is the new 3.6-liter that is already introduced with the new generation GMC Acadia. It delivers around 310 horsepower, which is still less than 355 hp that produces the 5.3-liter mill, but it will definitely improve SUV’s fuel economy. Both engines will be paired with a six-speed auto transmission that’s going to power either standard rear or optional all wheels. Speaking of options, there might be a new eight-speed auto gearbox offered as well.
Usually, the flagship model first gets the new styling, but this time GMC done it totally otherwise. Because of that the 2018 Yukon will borrow the new styling cues from the 2017 Acadia. Yes, the refreshed full-size SUV will largely resemble the mid-sizer, which will be the most evident in the front. There will be the identical and bold grille, possibly blinged out in chrome. The new headlights will be less blocky and full LED, while the redesigned bumper might more pronounced. In the rear, the updated GMC Yukon will also sport some changes, likely new taillights and different exhaust system. Inside, the large SUV would feature an updated technologies and better quality materials, so it should look more upscale and premium.
The carmaker hasn’t said anything about the arrival of the 2018 GMC Yukon. Moreover, we haven’t seen any testing model, so we are pretty sure it will come either in late 2017, or in early 2018. In either way, don’t expect any big changes of the price, at least not for the base model.