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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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This 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer was custom built for hip hop star Future.

Photo courtesy of Ringbrothers

Future has gotten a new vintage car. The hip-hop star from Atlanta, Georgia has received delivery of a 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer that was fully customized by Ringbrothers.

Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LS3 engine that is paired with a 4L80-E transmission. The crate engine was standard in the fifth-generation Camaro SS and C6 Corvette and is now sold as an aftermarket part by Chevy. It delivers 430 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a heavy-duty offering from General Motors, the parent company of Chevrolet, that has been used in everything from the Suburban to a Bentley Continental.

1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 

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Ringbrothers, a shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin, gave the Blazer a custom BASF British Racing Green paint scheme after restoring the body of the Blazer with 3M products. It rides on gold 18-inch HRE wheels.

"We first started building Blazers a few years back, and they've really taken off in popularity since then," said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. "There is no assembly line at our shop, as each build is completed by hand, bespoke to the owner's request. There is no other Blazer in the world like this one."

Future's K5 Blazer also has a custom tan interior designed by Upholstery Unlimited and an exhaust provided by Flowmaster.

"We're humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this," said Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring. "We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It's an honor we don't take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We're glad Future appreciates that."

In addition to K5 builds, Ringbrothers has released several K5-specific products, including a glove box door, hood hinges, and a dash gauge bezel. Future's Blazer features those parts, along with a custom carbon fiber hood and custom tailgate with integrated seating. The musician's Blazer also has a JL Audio sound system.

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Photo courtesy of Ferrari

The Ferrari Omologata comes from a strong family tree filled with performance and Italian beauty. It's a one-off model that takes its DNA from seven decades of Ferrari GT tradition. The model has been crafted by a European client.

It's taken two years to complete the model since the presentation of the initial sketches. It's a model that took its inspiration from a variety of sources: racing heritage, sci-fi, and modern architecture.

A Ferrari 812 Superfast is the underlying package of the car, but the designers kept just the windscreen and headlights from the body. They set forth to create a model with smooth volume and undulating reflections. The car's front end is tapered and faced by a flattened oval grille. At the back, the car takes a more muscular stance, has deeply set taillights, and is finished off with a prominent spoiler.

Ferrari Omologata

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Dressed in a triple layer of Ferrari's Rosso Magma paint and a racing livery the car combines track day prowess with daily drivability.

Inside, the car sports electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with four-point racing harnesses. The rest of the interior is finished in black.

Unlike modern vehicles, the Omologata does not have a screen in the center of the vehicle, giving the model. a historic tinge. Metal parts on the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s as well as with Ferrari's engine cam covers. A hammered paint effect so often used in cars such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO finds its way on details such as the inner door handles and on the Ferrari F1 bridge.

The mid-engine car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, harvested from the 812 Superfast. In that car is generates 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari isn't divulging the price of the Omologata.

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