2016 GMC Yukon XL Release Date, Specs, Engine, Review, Interior – The current GMC Yukon vehicle is a young brand as it has only been available on the market for only a year. The next one is already being offered as a 2016 model and is coming out next year. The newest lineup of the 2016 GMC vehicles are going to receive a significant update compared to the previous version of the car which comes with a Driver Alert Package, new exterior colors and some new features on the inside as well as for the outside.

The Yukon is going to rival such cars as the Lincoln Navigator, which is perhaps its closest rival currently, which was updated significantly for the upcoming year. In order to meet the standards and compete in this field the car receives a quick updated. It will carry most of the feature from before as they are still not outdated and will be using the XL and the Denali trims as well The updated that the recent SUV cars from GMC received was nicely done despite carrying over much of the design, if they manage to do the same thing here Yukon is going to be a vehicle to watch out for.

2016 GMC Yukon XL
2016 GMC Yukon XL

With the upgraded powertrain options, a rise in the space on the inside and enabling a higher cargo load area with the option of removing the back row of seats, the GM’s latest EcoTec3 technologies, an upscale look and many things more that we are going to mention in our review is what are the tools that the Yukon is coming with. Read on to find out more and keep an eye for the pictures at the same time so you compare the specs.

2016 GMC Yukon XL exterior

There isn’t much difference between the present and the upcoming Yukon car as the style for the 2016 GMC Yukon has been passed here. But there are more electronics added to the car, actually all trim levels have been given a certain kind of an update that comes with the new car. For example, the SLT comes with a hands-free liftgate, so you can easily open the liftgate by placing your foot under the bumper and just pulling upwards. The addition is also a standard on the Denali trims of the newest Yukon. The wheels have also grown a bit which means that the biggest available option is going to be the 22-inch one. The SLT has 20-inch wheels as standard, while the Denali and XL use the 20-inch one and the 22-inch one as well.

2016 GMC Yukon XL front
2016 GMC Yukon XL front

Perhaps a minor one but an equally important change for the exterior of the car is the inclusion of some new color patters. New for the 2016 year exterior is the Crimson Red Tintcoat, available for all vehicles, while the White Frost Tricoat is only used for the Denali and SLT one. The Driver Alert Package is also another addition to the Yukon vehicles which is actually placed inside but faces the outside. This is a great safety package given for the car that makes it an overall better but a much safer vehicle. It is useful and something many cars should also consider using.

2016 GMC Yukon XL back
2016 GMC Yukon XL back

Interior

The inside has not been reshaped that much as well but it does hold a much welcoming inside for the 2016 model year. The placement and the design of the car has been mostly carried over and features a lot of similarities from before but there was a whole bunch of new gadgets and appropriate technical appliances added to the car as well. The second and third row of seats can be folded flat and make additional space available. With power folding ability the car can be transformed quickly from an inside for hauling people to an interior which can hold a big cargo and take it anywhere you may need it. The liftgate can now be appropriately used to pack the cargo inside as there are many programmable settings added to help you achieve that.

2016 GMC Yukon XL interior
2016 GMC Yukon XL interior

The people at the back are eligible to enjoy the use of a dual screen Blu-ray/DVD system matted within the Yukon XL trims, as you can use the wireless headphones as well to watch a movie and make your trip shorter. The passenger has all the tools at its disposal to make a better drive and provide the safety and enjoyment to its passengers. An eight-inch infotainment screen running GMC’s IntelliLink software is a standard on all vehicles. Don’t forget the 4G LTE Wi-Fi services and the SiriusXM satellite radio which help a lot in various kinds of situations. This services comes for free in the first three months of use while you may choose to extend it after that if you wish. Navigation is optional while the Denali trim comes with its own upgraded instrument cluster with a second eight-inch display as help.

Engine

As featured in many previous SUVs and trucks produced by GMC, the Yukon will also use the EcoTec3 version based on the LS small block V-8. Thus the 2016 GMC Yukon uses a 5.3-liter V-8 engine as standard and produces 55 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the Denali trim uses the 6.2-liter V-8 as a standard engine option which is able to produce 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and is a similar type of an engine added to the Corvette Stingray vehicle.

Both of the mentioned engines have the EcoTec3 technology which adds Variable Valve Timing, Active Fuel Management and Direct Fuel Injection. These additions actually enable the engines to produce better and higher while saving fuel at the same time. Additionally, the Yukon comes with a 4WD and 2WD as well.

Price and release date

An interesting thing is there are perhaps not going to be any pricing difference between the previously released Yukon and the new 2016 GMC Yukon. The prices are completely the same with only a couple of hundred dollars difference. This means that the base version is available for $47,740, base MSRP, while the Yukon XL Denali trim is offered for up to $80,000. The release date scheduled for the upcoming period of next year when the car is offered for purchase.