The 2023 GMC Yukon will represent the third production year of the current generation and while that seems too early for bigger updates, it doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing updates. Some pretty important novelties will come and this particularly refers to off-roading. According to some sources, the next year’s model will get the AT4X version, which was recently introduced in the updated Sierra. Practically, this will be an improved version of AT4, with a couple of very important off-road upgrades.
Other than that, we expect that things are about to remain the same. The next year’s model will continue with familiar characteristics, starting with the same engine lineup. We also like the Yukon’s generous cargo area, as well as plenty of passenger room. Furthermore, we like the long list of standard and available equipment. On the other hand, we don’t like the seats, while transmission doesn’t impress either.
The 2023 GMC Yukon should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 GMC Yukon Design
As we already mentioned, it’s still early for bigger updates. The 2023 GMC Yukon will represent the third production year and therefore, you may count on a familiar design, which is based on the company’s familiar T1 platform. The SUV looks modern and very attractive, while there is also a set of new design features that makes the ride much better compared to the previous generation. This includes standard independent rear suspension as well.
On the other hand, a big novelty is expected to come in the form of the new 2023 GMC Yukon AT4X. The standard AT4 already comes with some nice off-road features, such as standard four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case, hill descent control etc. The AT4X should bring further upgrades, such as an upgraded suspension with Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers, front and rear locking differential, upgraded transfer case and similar things. With all these upgrades, Yukon will become one of the most capable off-roaders in the class.
On the other hand, we don’t expect to see bigger changes on the inside. The current cabin still looks nice, thanks to a good mix of quality materials and good overall build quality. Once again, the Denali trim will continue with a different dashboard design, which utilizes a more attractive shape and finer materials.
Of course, the amount of space will remain Yukon’s key quality, at least when it comes to the interior design. Thanks to the long wheelbase, the amount of legroom is generous in all three rows and even the third row accommodates adults pretty comfortably. The front seats are as spacious as they can be, though they may feel a little bit too firm to some.
The cargo area offers a tremendous amount of space. You may count on about 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.
We don’t believe that the next year’s model could bring more important updates in this aspect, though minor novelties are always possible. All in all, we expect that base models will come equipped with goodies like a 12.3-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, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, push-button start, remote start, keyless entry, and tri-zone automatic climate control. The list of options should include a sunroof, dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, and a Bose stereo with nine or 14 speakers.
The same thing is expected with safety features. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers and more.
2023 GMC Yukon Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 GMC Yukon will continue with three familiar powertrain options. Base models will continue with a 5.3-liter V8, which puts out around 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. For those who are looking for something more capable, there is also a well-known 6.2-liter V8 on the offer, which features a max output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, there is a diesel version, equipped with a 3.0-liter inline-six. It puts out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and besides plenty of torque, it also impresses with fuel economy. You may count on about 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is impressive for a vehicle of this size.
2023 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 GMC Yukon will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 53.000 dollars. Models like Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada will remain key competitors.