GMC Yukon Adding An Extra Rung to the Trim Ladder
No, there’s no Denali Light model in the works, but there will be a new choice for buyers seeking a low-end GMC Yukon or Yukon XL. General Motors’ truck-only division apparently has a mid-year addition planned for the body-on-frame SUV that effectively creates a one-up-from-base trim.
To bastardize an old Dodge slogan — if you can handle less content at a lower MSRP, you could be Yukon material.
The new trim level sits solidly in the middle of the $8,100 gap between the entry level SLE and mid-level SLT. According to CarsDirect, order guides show the SLT Standard Edition carries an after-delivery price of $55,695 — a healthy move up from the SLE’s $50,395 MSRP, but a marked decrease from the SLT’s $58,495 sticker. Interestingly, a long-wheelbase Yukon XL in this new trim rings in at $100 less than a regular-length Yukon SLT.
If you’re a buyer who ranks seating and size over standard content, this model could be your new daydream material.
Naturally, the SLT Standard Edition carries over the same 5.3-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission seen in both the SLE and SLT, but certain creature comforts stage a disappearing act to warrant the lower price. Among those vanished goodies are a proximity key and push-button ignition, heated steering wheel and rear seats, folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators, front-seat ventilation, four-way lumbar adjustment (two-way becomes the standard), and a hands-free power liftgate.
One missing safety feature — which some buyers wouldn’t go without — is blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. As well, adaptive cruise control is no longer an option.
CarsDirect notes that the most obvious market for the new Yukon trim is would-be Chevrolet Tahoe LT buyers. While moving up to a Yukon SLT Standard Edition from the lesser Chevy sets you back an extra $1,800, you’ll still gain added features in the process.
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- FreedMike Needs a few more HP to really spice things up...
- Oberkanone Absolute insanity on our public roads! A danger to society. Bravo Dodge!
- Lou_BC Cool car but 35k USD?
- Lou_BC I've owned and ridden many litre class sport bikes. Those bikes render anything on 4 wheels boring. This is cool but even if I had the cash, it would be a hard pass.
- Jeff S Some of us don't care either way we are not into this type of car. Most of these will be stored in garages waiting for their value to go up. As someone above noted this is an old body style which is retro 70s Challenger which after researching it came out in the 2008 MY which means a long run for a model that is in its 16th year. I have always liked these but if I bought one I would not spend this kind of money on one probably get the V-6 version and use it as a family car but then I am not into drag racing or muscle cars. For the type of car it is it has a decent rear seat and not too bad of a trunk. Most of us are not going to spend 100k for any vehicle at least currently so its not something most of us will buy and stick in a garage waiting for its value to increase. I am glad that these editions came out for those who can afford them and it keeps a little more color into what has become a very dull vehicle market but then with age I pick the dull appliance like reliable vehicle because that's what I need. Impressive car but not for me.
This is pathetic, it's the same thing Pontiac was doing or trying to do. GMC is fine where it is trying to f#$k with Chevy will not end well for GMC. besides i'll take a suburban any day.