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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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GMC Hummer EV deliveries to start soon

Hummer EV deliveries will start in December.

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This year has turned out to be as difficult for automakers as 2020 was, if not much more so. The pandemic is still a major factor, and to make matters worse there's a global microchip shortage that heavily impacts automakers' ability to build tech-heavy vehicles. GMC has a big launch left to handle in 2021, and according to a recent call with journalists, it's proceeding as planned. On a recent call with reporters, GMC exec Duncan Aldred noted that Hummer EV pickup deliveries are on track to begin in December. He also elaborated on the truck's EPA range numbers.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The trucks will deliver up to 329 miles on a charge. GMC

The Hummer's EPA range lands at 329, not far from the 350 miles General Motors targeted for the vehicle. Those are the estimates for the limited Hummer Edition 1, which carries a six-figure price tag and gobs of bells and whistles. Aldred said that other models coming later on will offer longer range estimates when they hit the roads sometime in 2023.

A staggering 80 percent of reservations GMC has gathered so far are for the Edition 1 model. Almost half of the 125,000 people who have inquired about the Hummer EV have placed the refundable $100 deposit and the SUV's first year of production is completely sold out.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The Hummer EV's first year of production is sold out. GMC

When it hits the streets later this year, the Hummer EV will be just in time to face off against a growing crop of EV trucks and SUVs. Rivian recently began delivering the R1T electric pickup truck and will continue with the R1S SUV next year. The Ford F-150 Lightning is coming in 2022, and General Motors itself has a Cadillac EV rollout to handle in 2022. Chevy and GMC will show off electric versions of the Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks on January 5 and GMC will push the Hummer SUV EV in 2023.

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VinFast will soon launch in the United States.

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The automotive business is a tough place to cut your teeth as a company. So many have tried and failed to break through with new vehicles, both in the U.S. and elsewhere. Electric vehicles seem to present a perfect opportunity for companies of all types to jump in with a new product. Such is the case with VinFast, a Vietnamese automaker. The company launched two new crossovers at the LA Auto Show yesterday, both of which are heading to the United States.

VinFast EVs Two models will debut at first, but the company plans on expanding here.VinFast

The VinFast VF e35 features up to 301 miles of range on a charge, while the full-size three-row VF e36 can travel up to 422 miles on a charge. Both vehicles come with a ten-year/100,000-mile warranty. VinFast says that its launch strategy in the United States wraps in charging stations, as the company realizes that they are a necessary part of EV adoption. In Vietnam, VinFast is in the process of building 40,000 charging stations to bolster adoption.

VinFast EVs VinFast will eventually build a factory in the United States.VinFast

Here, the automaker will build dozens of company-branded stores to sell its vehicles, similar to the approach taken by Tesla. VinFast's plan is to position itself as an exclusive product in the EV space, and to help it expand in the U.S., the company plans to build a factory in 2024. Part of its launch will also involve several special events across the country to introduce the brand and its vehicles.

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