A Powerful Legacy of Success Prevails with the All-New, More-Capable 2015 Yukon Family
Doha – The all-new 2015 GMC Yukon,Yukon XL & Yukon Denali have been officially launched in Qatar.
This new Yukon has been one of the most anticipated new arrivals in Doha, with the first shipment of vehicles already reserved by customers and a waiting list forming subsequent shipments, according to Mannai Auto Group.
During the launch, Mr. Bader Al Houssami, Regional Manager, GM Middle East Operations said: “The All-New 2015 Yukon was engineered from the ground up, building on a strong legacy of capability to take them to the top of the segment with exceptional refinement and purposeful technology. And when it comes to the tasks people rely on a full-size SUV, they do it better than ever – and with more style.”
Mohammed Helmy, Group General Manager, Mannai Auto, added: “Over the years, customers’ preferences have changed and, with generational and technological changes, GMC has evolved its lineup to meet these demands. The all-new Yukon is an example of this attention to shifting trends and the need for families to have greater levels of comfort, convenience and technology to suit their changing lifestyles,”
The all-new Yukon sports a completely new design and advanced technology, including a new family of advanced EcoTec3 engines, expected to deliver the segment’s best V-8 performance and fuel economy. Combined with bold new styling and advanced technologies, the Yukon is one of the best all-new family SUVs in the market.
Technology advances include a raft of new safety and security technologies to support the Yukon’s greater capabilities, while a more comprehensive list of standard features and enhanced infotainment options broaden the appeal of one of the most-popular full-size SUV lineups.
Yukon and Yukon XL share design, architecture and powertrain elements, but Yukon XL has an approximately 14-inch (355.6 mm) longer wheelbase and is approximately 20 inches (508 mm) longer overall. This provides greater legroom for third-row passengers and almost twice the cargo room behind the third-row seat.
”Although they are based on a similar architecture, Yukon and Yukon XL are distinctive products that appeal to different customers,” said El Houssami. “Versatility and spaciousness are valued by customers for both vehicles, but the Yukon XL is the choice for families with more children and those with lifestyles that require its unique combination of passenger- and cargo-hauling capabilities. In fact, Yukon XL owners are more than twice as likely to transport passengers daily in the third-row seat.”
The Yukon lineup incorporates a forward radar system and the segment’s only front seat center-mounted air bag, engineered to provide additional protection to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes.
Standard and available safety features, depending on the model, also include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic braking, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat. It offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats.
Bold styling, enhanced refinement
The all-new exterior exteriors are sleeker and more aerodynamic, enhancing efficiency on the highway and contributing to the new Yukon’s quiet ride.
Styling cues include highly detailed, chrome-accented grilles matched with GMC’s signature C-shaped LED lighting motif. Projector-beam headlamps are standard on Yukon and Yukon XL.
The distinctive Denali models come with a signature chrome grille and unique exterior appointments, including exclusive high-intensity discharge headlamps.
Inside, the all-new 2015 Yukon’s precisely crafted interior features a quiet cabin, authentic materials and premium infotainment choices. Examples include soft-touch instrument panel, console and door panel materials with live stitching and smart ambient lighting in functional areas, including first- and second-row foot wells and the center console.
All models have a standard Bose sound system, seats with dual-firmness foam and an ambient air vent designed to enhance comfort for front-seat passengers. Denali models feature active noise cancelation technology to make the interior quieter.
There are more storage options in the new Yukon lineup, including a compartmentalized center console large enough to store a laptop or iPad and has provisions for hanging file folders and other organizational features, ideal for customers whose vehicles also serve as a rolling office.
Advanced engine technology
The all-new Yukon family is more powerful and efficient than before, thanks to the new EcoTec3 engine family, which debuted earlier this year in the all-new 2014 Sierra.
A 5.3L V-8 is standard in Yukon and Yukon XL models and an exclusive 6.2L engine is standard in Denali models, which delivers the segment’s best horsepower and torque – 420 horsepower and 624 Nm of torque.
The EcoTec3 engines feature state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions. More precisely controlled combustion enables the new engines to run with a higher compression ratio, which delivers greater power and efficiency.
Hydraulic engine mounts, electronic throttle control, adaptive exhaust systems, improved aerodynamics and other technologies help the engines operate in four-cylinder mode for longer periods of time with Active Fuel Management, further increasing efficiency.
Both engines are matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.