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Redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon is refined, loaded with tech, off-road capable

The GMC Yukon has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of GMC

On the heels of a banner sales year for GMC, a division of General Motors, the GMC Yukon has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. While the model's exterior takes definite design notes from the 2020 GMC Sierra, the interior is a refined, tech-filled example of balancing quality with durability.

"GMC Yukon is the full-size premium SUV that's made to be used," said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. "The new Yukon delivers what customers value most – premium features, purposeful technology and all-terrain capability."

2020 GMC Yukon Denali The Denali trim level includes chrome accents. Photo courtesy of GMC

That starts at the front where the new Yukon has an even more commanding presence than before. Show first in the Denali trim, the 2021 GMC Yukon has plenty of chrome accents to win over the luxury market. Its headlights feature LED daytime running lights and vertically orientated fog lamps that ride low with chrome accents surrounding them.

The redesigned Yukon has a longer wheelbase than the 2020 model and a new chassis. This likely translates to a more comfortable ride and less body lean around corners. Fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control will also help keep the Yukon stable on the road. It also means that cargo capacity is up 30 percent in the new model.

2020 GMC Yukon The Yukon XL holds size big duffle bags across its load floor. Photo courtesy of GMC

For 2021, the Yukon will be available with an Active Response 4WD System, which combines different types of technology to allow the vehicle's suspension to continuously adjust to changing terrain in an effort to deliver the best ride possible for its occupants. The system includes an electronic limited slip differential.

2020 GMC Yukon GMC will once again offer the Yukon in an extended wheelbase format. Photo courtesy of GMC

The Yukon Denali is driven by a standard, new 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. That's the same power output of the 2019 model. Other models come standard with a 5.3-liter V8 or an available 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel engine. All engines are paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission.

GMC will sell the Yukon with an adaptive air suspension that allows for four inches of vertical height adjustment, the ability to lower the vehicle at speed to achieve better fuel economy, and a self-leveling feature.

2020 GMC Yukon The interior of the Yukon takes after the GMC Sierra and Sierra HD. Photo courtesy of GMC

The interior of the 2021 Yukon's cabin follows suit with what was in the 2020 GMC Sierra and Sierra HD. Likely, it's going to be a controversial decision to install a new type of shifter in the model, on the dashboard, next to the wheel and infotainment system. The pull-push button and lever system is one that needs tested to see if it works better than the button-centric woefully executed system GM installed in the Chevrolet Traverse.

Additional technology highlights include a high definition surround view camera, 15-inch multicolor head-up display and rear pedestrian alert.

2020 GMC Yukon A 15-inch head-up display is available. Photo courtesy of GMC

The Denali model gets a unique cabin, filled with the most premium appointments in the GMC lineup. It's also exclusive to the Denali brand, not just unique accents as in the past. Four color themes will be available and consist of real wood finishes, leather surfaces, and hand stitched patterns.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali grades have hand stitched surfaces.Photo courtesy of GMC

It has new sliding second row seats. The Yukon is also home to a power-sliding center console between the driver and front passenger seat that can move forward and backward up to 10 inches. With the console moved back, passengers have access to an underneath storage bin that is big enough to hold a purse.

2020 GMC Yukon The center console moves up to 10 inches forward and backward. Photo courtesy of GMC

GMC will be offering the Yukon for the first time in an AT4 trim level. The model features off-road ready equipment like in other AT4 grade models in the GMC lineup.

The all-new 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL go on sale this summer at General Motors' Arlington, Texas assembly facility. Pricing and additional specs will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date.

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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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The new Grand Cherokee L is on its way to dealers now.

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The all-new three-row Grand Cherokee L was unveiled earlier this year, and features an ultra-premium interior, a load of new tech, and sharp styling that shouts back to Jeep models of the past. Just a few weeks ago, we learned pricing and feature details for the new model, and now Jeep says the vehicle is on its way to dealerships across the country.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L The L is the first three-row Grand Cherokee.Stellantis


In terms of styling, the L's shape has been reworked from previous Grand Cherokee models to be more reminiscent of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The automaker says that the grille has been tilted forward and is now wider for better air flow and a more dramatic appearance. The idea was to make the Grand Cherokee L look rugged, but keep it sleek and technical in the process.

The stretched Grand Cherokee retains the engines that powered its predecessors. That means a 3.6-liter V6 is standard, which delivers 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter V6 is optional, and makes 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or al-wheel drive. Either powertrain option will provide decent towing capability, but the V8 is unsurprisingly more powerful. With a V6 on board, the Grand Cherokee L can tow 6,200 pounds, while V8-powered models can pull 7,200 pounds.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L The L's styling is modern but nostalgic.Stellantis


Inside, Jeep says the L can be equipped with the latest tech and entertainment features. Running the latest Uconnect infotainment software, the Grand Cherokee L will be capable of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can be had with a head-up display, a rear-seat monitoring camera system, and a 950-watt 19-speaker McIntosh audio system. At the top end of the lineup, the Summit Reserve model gets Palermo quilted leather, open-pore waxed walnut wood, and 21-inch wheels.

Pricing for the L starts at $38,690 after destination, which buys the base Laredo trim. The range-topping Summit Reserve model starts at $61,690 after destination. Dealer deliveries are underway now, supported by almost 5,000 employees at Stellantis' Detroit Assembly Complex.

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