2015 GMC Yukon | New Car Review

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by
2015 GMC Yukon
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AEDAED 199,000 - 290,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

Back in 1992, the was proposed as a full-size offering from the American brand and was built on the GMT400 platform, the very same one that underpinned the Chevrolet Tahoe. Over the years, the similarities between the Yukon and Tahoe have grown exponentially, with only aesthetics setting them apart.

Pros

* Spacious and comfortable interior that is filled with tech and safety features.

Cons

* Although the GMC Yukon is more powerful than the Lincoln Navigator, it is unable to tow as much.

Looks

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.

2015 GMC Yukon front

Feels

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.

2015 GMC Yukon interior

Engineering

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.

2015 GMC Yukon side

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.

2015 GMC Yukon interior

Summing it…

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…

2015 GMC Yukon side

Specifications

Specifications2015 GMC Yukon 5.3L2015 GMC Yukon 6.2L
Engine/ Cylinders5.3 litre V86.2 litre V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
355 hp @ 5,600 RPM420 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
519 Nm @ 4,100 RPM624 Nm @ 4,100 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h9.5 secs8.5 secs
Top speed170 km/h170 km/h
PriceAED 199,000 - 250,000AED 272,000 - 290,000

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