2015 GMC Yukon | New Car Review
* Spacious and comfortable interior that is filled with tech and safety features.
* Although the GMC Yukon is more powerful than the Lincoln Navigator, it is unable to tow as much.
Taking a leaf out of Cadillac’s book, the 2015 GMC Yukon bears greater resemblance to the Cadillac Escalade than it does to its not-so-classy cousin, the Chevy Tahoe. With vertical headlamps that creep into the fenders and a colossal chrome grille up front, the Yukon proudly showcases its muscular form which has made it synonymous with football players, rappers and quite possibly, the mafia.
Identical to that of the Chevrolet Tahoe, the interior is a union of leather, soft touch materials and wood trim which runs along the dashboard, centre console and door panels. While there is no shortage of space, the Denali is definitely the pick of the bunch as it features a larger customisable display in the instrument cluster and active noise cancellation, to offer a supremely quieter ride.
In terms of safety, GMC has really gone to town with the 2015 Yukon. While forward collision alert, front and rear parking assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert are available, so is adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic braking and a Head’s Up Display unit.
What’s on offer?
For 2015, the Yukon family is more powerful than ever before. While the Yukon and Yukon XL are fitted with a 5.3 litre ECOTEC3 V8, which churns out 355 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 519 Nm of torque at 4,100 RPM, the Denali receives a significantly brawnier 6.2 litre unit which produces 420 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 624 Nm of torque at 4,100 RPM. Mated to a six speed automatic transmission, both engines feature fuel saving technologies such as electronic throttle control, cylinder deactivation and adaptive exhaust systems, which allow them to operate in four-cylinder mode for longer periods of time.
While the Lincoln Navigator is a tad more practical with its 4,082 kg towing capacity, (as opposed to the Yukon’s at 3,855 kg) it is also significantly more expensive. For the money, there really isn’t a lot that can come close to the 2015 GMC Yukon, but before you go out and buy one, remember, that Chevrolet Tahoe driver in the next car is essentially driving the very same vehicle, just with a different badge…
|Specifications||2015 GMC Yukon 5.3L||2015 GMC Yukon 6.2L|
|Engine/ Cylinders||5.3 litre V8||6.2 litre V8|
|Max Power |
|355 hp @ 5,600 RPM||420 hp @ 5,600 RPM|
|519 Nm @ 4,100 RPM||624 Nm @ 4,100 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||9.5 secs||8.5 secs|
|Top speed||170 km/h||170 km/h|
|Price||AED 199,000 - 250,000||AED 272,000 - 290,000|