Not long after the official release of pics and info of the 2007 Chevy Tahoe, GM has followed up with news of the Yukon, a GMC stablemate of the Tahoe. They were officially unveiled about 15 minutes ago on the West Coast.
The Yukon, considered a step up from the Tahoe, will be sold as an SLE, SLT or Denali, depending on how upscale you want to go. The SLT and Denali both come in leather, and the Denali is outfitted with a new grille and a 6.2L V8 with 380 horses. While the base engine will be a 4.8L V8 with 290 hp, the only one available right off the bat will be a 5.3L V8 with GM's version of cylinder deactivation, "displacement-on-demand."
More pics and GMC's full press release after the jump (The Yukon's the gray one and the black one's a Denali)...
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All-New 2007 Yukon Lineup: Refined, Efficient and Powerful
ANAHEIM, Calif. - GMC unveiled the all-new 2007 Yukon and Yukon Denali full-size SUVs Oct. 5. They are based on GM's
all-new full-size SUV family, which features distinctive styling, spacious and refined interiors, exceptional driving
characteristics and enhanced safety features.
The new Yukon family is distinguished with sleek, expressive styling that announces a new look for GMC vehicles -
styling that conveys GMC's professional grade qualities and a distinct design from other GM vehicles. The vehicles
offer more power and better fuel economy than the vehicles they replace, enhancing GMC's "more than expected"
"The all-new 2007 Yukon and Yukon Denali bring GMC's professional grade philosophy to a new level - we're aiming to
provide customers more than they expect in all respects," said John Larson, GMC general manager. "Yukon Denali is our
flagship and delivers the performance and features of a luxury SUV, along with the full capability demanded in a
Yukon and Yukon Denali are available early in the first quarter of 2006. Yukon is available in SLE (cloth trim) and
SLT trim (leather appointments), as well as 2WD and 4WD configurations. Yukon Denali is a distinct model, with
differentiated, exclusive features that elevate its performance and style to an unprecedented level - including an
exclusive 6.2L all-aluminum small-block V-8 engine with variable valve timing and a new six-speed automatic
Yukon and Yukon Denali have a sleeker, taut form. Wraparound front and rear fascias, styled mirrors and integrated
running boards provide a seamless, contemporary appearance. Craftsmanship is found in elements such as tight
tolerances between exterior components and a tuned, wheels-to-the-corners proportion. The wheels are aligned on the
same plane as the outer edges of the fenders, giving the vehicle a confident, broad-shouldered stance.
The toned look on all models is created with faster windshield angle of 57 degrees, which flows gracefully into the
roofline. This also improves aerodynamic performance to a segment-best 0.363 cd, which helps improve fuel economy and
reduce wind noise.
Jewel-look lighting elements, wraparound fascias and doors that extend over the rockers accent the vehicles' precise
and refined design elements. The headlamps are larger, using bright halogen bulbs that deliver improved lighting
spread. Rear-end styling also is distinct, with unique treatments above the beltline and around the glass, including
taillamps and integrated license plate pockets.
Yukon Denali is distinguished with exterior appointments that take its exclusive appearance to a higher, more
differentiated level. In addition to its iconic chrome grille, the '07 Yukon Denali also features enhanced exterior
bright work, unique and premium-look headlamps, taillamps and rear fascia treatment, as well as unique 18-inch
standard wheels - 20-inch wheels are available. The headlamps and taillamps further the jeweled look of Yukon models
with detailed lighting elements and clear lenses - with etched GMC logos on the headlamp bezels - that provide a
crystalline appearance and distinctive lighting patterns.
All models offer features such as articulated running boards (available mid-year) and a power liftgate. Vehicles not
equipped with the power liftgate feature an easy-to-operate liftgate that is specially designed with a micro-switch
that assists the operator by using the mass of the tailgate to almost open or close itself once the liftgate is past
the halfway-open position. An ergonomically designed, recessed cup with pull handle makes closing the liftgate an
easy, one-handed operation.
Spacious, refined interior
Interior space is roomier - including increased cargo capacity - and has a spacious, luxurious environment, thanks to
a premium two-tone color scheme and a lower-positioned instrument panel. New thinner, sculpted seat designs and
detailed trim affirm Yukon 's craftsmanship, which is bolstered by amenities such as heated seats for first- and
second-row passengers. Also, the front seats offer more fore/aft and recline travel, and the second-row seats have an
increased seatback recline angle for added comfort.
The two-tone interior appearance contributes to the vehicles' aura of a roomy, luxury sedan. The upscale styling is
complemented by new, softer and low-gloss materials for the instrument panel and other trim pieces. The harmonious
color and grain of the materials was carefully selected to provide a premium feel as well as durability.
Flush-mounted controls and radios, with almost imperceptible gaps, convey precision and integration. Chrome accents
are used on instrument surrounds, vents and other trim.
Craftsmanship also is revealed in unexpected areas: distinctive sill plates with no visible hardware greet occupants
when the doors are opened and there are no exposed fasteners or hardware on the pillars, seats or seat tracks. The
seats have "close-outs" that surround the seat bottoms and seat tracks, creating a more finished appearance.
Fasteners and hardware are covered, too, when the seats are folded.
As with the exterior, Yukon Denali is distinguished with exclusive, premium features, including luxurious nuance
leather seating surfaces, unique center console, enhanced interior bright work and detailed, highly finished embossed
sill plates that greet passengers when they open any of the Yukon Denali's doors. The unique center console has wood
trim that conceals the lid and cupholder pockets, creating a more finished and refined appearance.
The Yukon family also offers a new, industry-exclusive power fold-and-tumble second-row seat feature that eases
access to the third-row seat. The power fold-and-tumble second-row seats feature release buttons accessible by the
driver or on the interior C-pillar to provide an easy, immediate release of the seat to create an access path to the
third-row seat or cargo area.
Tri-Zone climate control is standard on all models. Automatic climate control is standard on Yukon Denali and Yukon
SLT; it is available on Yukon SLE. A remote start feature, standard on SLT/Denali models and available on SLE, allows
the climate system to heat or cool the vehicle's interior. An enhanced array of audio, infotainment and safety
options also is available and includes an available touch-screen navigation system, as well as a DVD system with
larger flip-down screen.
There is more space inside the SUVs, as well. More fore/aft front seat travel provides the segment's leading legroom
for front-seat passengers. Second-row seat legroom and knee room, and third-row seat headroom are increased over the
previous models. The second- and third-row seats also have more shoulder room - a feat accomplished while also
offering available roof-mounted head curtain side air bags. Cargo room has increased 4.2 cubic feet (118.9 liters)
behind the second row seats and 2.3 cubic feet (65.1 liters) behind the third row. The third-row seats fold flat and
are easily tumbled forward or removed for maximum cargo area. Also, the center console storage compartment, at 20.1
liters of capacity, is the segment's largest. The glove box offers 25 percent more storage space than previous models
and features damped opening operation that bolsters quietness and refinement.
Responsive driving experience
The '07 Yukon and Yukon Denali are built on GM's new full-size SUV platform, which incorporates features such as a
new, fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. The new frame offers 49
percent increased torsional stiffness and 35 percent improvement in beaming frequency, compared to previous models.
The frame supports wider front and rear tracks - approximately 3 inches (76.2 mm) wider in front and 1 inch (25.4 mm)
wider in the rear - that enhance stability and driving confidence through a more secure road feel and a lower center
The front suspension consists of an all-new coil-over-shock design that delivers linear, solid and unwavering ride
and handling characteristics on all road surfaces. Also new is a rack-and-pinion steering system that provides
precise and responsive control and enhanced on-center feel. A highly-refined five-link rear suspension provides
superior isolation and ride, with larger, firmer brackets that also contribute to the vehicles' precise driving
Larger, four-wheel disc brakes and an all-new ABS system ensure braking performance at the top of the segment. Larger
vented front and rear brake rotors, 50-percent stiffer dual-piston calipers, longer-life brake pads and a new, robust
tie-rod-type apply system contribute to enhanced pedal feel, reduced brake noise, predictable, linear brake response
and shorter braking distances. A new, Bosch 8.0 next-generation four-channel ABS system also is standard. The ABS
system works with the standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. In the new SUVs, StabiliTrak
incorporates the first-time GM application of roll-over mitigation, software algorithm technology that uses sensors
to proactively predict vehicle "tip-up" and applies appropriate brake forces to prevent such events.
Enhanced driving control and ride smoothness is offered with the available Autoride real-time damping system
(standard on Yukon Denali), which uses electronically controlled shock absorbers to make nearly instantaneous damping
adjustments. The system "reads" the road and anticipates the best damping rates.
Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on Yukon, with 18-inch wheels standard on Yukon Denali. Twenty-inch wheels are
available on Yukon and Yukon Denali. The wheels are designed with premium-appearance faces, including available
chrome or polished finish. Yukon Denali wheels are exclusive. New tires are tailored to the vehicles to provide
excellent balance of handling, quietness and safety.
A new Gen IV small-block V-8 family powers the Yukon family and offers more power than comparable powertrains in
previous models. A 5.3L small-block V-8 is standard at start of production in Yukon and is rated at 320 horsepower
(238 kw)* and 340 lb.-ft. of torque (470 Nm),* an 8 percent horsepower increase compared to the previous 5.3L engine.
A Flex-Fuel E85 version, which is capable of running on E85 ethanol fuel or a mixture of E85 and gasoline, is
standard on 4WD models and available on 2WD models. E85 is comprised of 85 percent ethanol, which is a renewable
resource fuel produced in the United States. A 4.8L V-8 engine, rated at 290 horsepower (216 kw)* will become the
standard engine of Yukon 2WD models later in the '06 model year.
The 5.3L engine's Displacement On Demand technology enables better fuel economy. When combined with other
vehicle-wide features, including improved aerodynamics, the small-block V-8 helps provide the segment's best fuel
economy. The 6.2L engine of the Yukon Denali is all-new, with advanced technologies and lightweight materials -
including variable valve timing and an aluminum cylinder block - contributing to the vehicle's uncompromising
performance. It produces 380 horsepower (283 kw)* and 415 lb.-ft. of torque (564 Nm).*
The engines are backed by proven Hydra-Matic electronically controlled automatic transmissions, including a new 6L80
six-speed that is matched with the 6.2L engine.
The six-speed automatic has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio - including two overdrive gears - that helps deliver an
excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. Also, the 6L80 has a "tap up/tap down" capability that allows the
driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with a button on the column shifter.
Safety and security
As with all vehicles built on GM's new full-size SUV platform, the '07 Yukon family features a 360-degree safety
system designed around the pillars of occupant protection, driver control and personal safety.
New features, including exclusive safety belt pretensioners linked to sensors for rear-end crashes, are integrated
into a stronger vehicle structure that is also designed for improved compatibility with other vehicles - helping
Yukon protect those inside and outside of the vehicle before, during and after a crash. The exclusive rear
pretensioner sensors can trigger the front seat pretensioners during a rear-end collision, holding the occupants
firmly in place and helping to prevent whiplash injuries
Also, new roof-mounted head curtain air bags with tethers are available for all seating rows (standard on Yukon
Denali). The roof-mounted air bags' tether system keeps the bags in place longer to further protect and contain
occupants. The bags stay inflated for several seconds longer to provide optimum protection in the case of a rollover
or crash with secondary impacts. Sensors located at the front and rear of the vehicles, as well as the side doors
provide increased and more immediate crash detection.
The myriad of crash sensors are complemented by increased roll-over detection from the standard StabiliTrak stability
control system with new rollover mitigation technology. The electronically controlled system continuously measures
the side angle of the vehicle and, if a rollover appears imminent, it can deploy the side-curtain air bags before the
crash occurs. The 360 degrees of detection capability allows the electronically controlled safety systems to deploy
in a greater variety of situations.
Crash avoidance is bolstered through enhanced driver control dynamics, driven by the standard StabiliTrak stability
control system. It is supported by dynamics such as wider front and rear tracks, as well as more responsive
suspensions. The vehicles' stronger and stiffer, fully-boxed frame is designed for improved crash energy management.
The front frame section, for example, has improved crush dynamics that provides the equivalent of 17.7 inches (450
mm) of additional crush space - in vehicles that are only approximately 3 inches (76.2 mm) longer than their
predecessors. The frame also is designed for improved vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility in the event of a frontal
impact with a smaller vehicle.
Additional safety and security features include:
Standard dual-stage driver's front air bag
Standard dual-stage outboard-front passenger air bag with passenger occupant detection system
5-star frontal impact ratings anticipated
Standard tire pressure monitoring system
Available rain-sensing wiper system
Available Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist that can detect people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle and
send an audible warning sound
Available rear-view camera system that can visually detect people or object in the rearward path of the vehicle
Standard pull-up/push-down power window switches
All models come with the Generation 6 OnStar system (with a one-year Safe and Sound service plan), which provides the
personal protection component of Yukon 's safety pillars. The system includes the General Motors Advanced Automatic
Crash Notification (AACN) system, making crash data available to emergency services to potentially dispatch the
appropriate life-saving personnel and equipment to crash scenes faster. If the vehicle is in a crash that activates
an airbag, the OnStar system automatically notifies an OnStar Advisor who will check on the occupants or summon
emergency help if necessary. OnStar also can assist authorities in locating a vehicle if it is reported stolen
(ability to locate stolen vehicles varies with conditions).
The iconic Yukon Denali delves deeper into the luxury SUV realm with enhanced features and craftsmanship that
distinguish it from other models. It is a comprehensive package of performance, amenities and style that delivers a
powerful, understated elegance that is unique to GMC.
Yukon Denali remains instantly identifiable, with its Denali-specific chrome grille. In addition to the grille, the
'07 model includes chrome-accented side molding, roof rack trim and other bright work treatments. Additionally, the
headlamps and taillamps are unique and feature a premium, crystalline appearance and distinctive lighting
The new Yukon Denali is powered by an exclusive, 380-horsepower (283 kw) 6.2L V-8 engine, six-speed automatic
transmission with tap-up/tap-down shifting and automatic all-wheel drive - a powertrain not shared with any other
Yukon model. Eighteen-inch polished aluminum wheels are standard and unique 20-inch factory installed chrome-finish
aluminum wheels are available - the wheel designs are not shared with other Yukon models.
Yukon Denali also offers a unique combination of interior style and luxury, including standard nuance leather-covered
seating with heated first- and second-row seats, as well as leather trim throughout - including a Denali-exclusive
leather-wrapped steering wheel, which also features real wood accents and a host of auxiliary controls. Yukon Denali
also is the only model in the Yukon family to offer an available heated steering wheel.
Other standard features include power liftgate, power release 2 nd row fold-and-tumble seat, roof-mounted
side-curtain air bags, power-adjustable pedals, electrochromic (auto-dimming) inside mirror, RainSense automatic
windshield wipers, remote start and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist. From an entertainment standpoint, Yukon Denali
comes standard with an AM/FM MP3-capable radio with a six-disc in-dash CD changer, Bose premium nine-speaker sound
system and XM Satellite Radio.
Like other Yukon models, the Yukon Denali offers several helpful and convenient options, including a navigation radio
system, rear-view camera system, power sunroof, power-retractable assist steps (available mid-year) and a rear-seat,
DVD-based entertainment system.
*Preliminary, pending certification. A new voluntary power and torque certification procedure developed by the SAE
Engine Test Code committee was approved March 31, 2005. This procedure (J2723) ensures fair, accurate ratings for
horsepower and torque by allowing manufacturers to certify their engines through third-party witness testing. GM was
the first auto manufacturer to begin using the procedure and expects to use it for all newly rated engines in the