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MSRP: $38,535-61,365
Invoice: $35,835-57,985

2011 GMC Yukon news, pictures, specifications, and information

2011 YUKON AND YUKON XL FAMILY OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL CAPABILITY, COMFORT AND REFINEMENT

The Yukon and Yukon XL family of full-size SÚVs continues to offer an uncompromising package of capability, comfort and refinement. They offer distinctive styling, spacious and refined interiors, exceptional driving characteristics and §egmènt-leading safety features – including standard head curtain side air bags for all seating rows on all models.

Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali return for 2011, equipped wîth style, technologies and luxury features that have made these models so popular.

Changes for 2011 include OnStar 9.0, wîth Automatic Crash Response, and two new exterior colors: Mocha Steel Metallic and Carbon Black Metallic.

Yukon provides a smooth, confident and secure driving experience, wîth its 116-inch (2,946 mm) wheelbase, overall length of 202 inches (5,130 mm) and wide track that complements the long wheelbase. Yukon XL models have exterior dimensions similar to the regular models, but are about 14 inches longer in wheelbase and 20 inches more in overall length. Both Yukon and Yukon XL are available in SLE (cloth trim) and SLT trim (leather appointments), as well as 2WD and 4WD configurations. Yukon XL offers a three-quarter-ton model. A third-row seat is standard on all Yukon models.

For improved fuel economy, Yukon and Yukon XL models feature a 5.3L V-8 wîth GM's fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology. The 5.3L and 6.2L engines are capable of running on E85; in fact, all Yukon 4WD and Yukon XL half-ton models come standard wîth the E85-capable version of the 5.3L V-8. GM vehicles wîth E85 capability can run on 100-percent gasoline, E85 or any combination of the two.

TechnologiesThe Yukon family packs a lengthy roster of standard and available technologies, designed to enhance safety and make the driving experience more enjoyable. They include:

• Bluetooth connectivity, enabling hands-free calling wîth controls on the §teering wheel

• XM Satellite Radio wîth NavTraffic, available wîth the standard XM Satellite Radio service. The new NavTraffic feature delivers real-time traffic advisements and route suggestions on the navigation system

• A power-assisted tailgate, designed to open or close itself via a switch inside the tailgate door, on the overhead console or the key fob

• Side blind zone alert system available on SLT and Denali models. It uses radar sensors behind the rear fascia on both sides of the vehicle that signal an audible and visual alert if objects are detected in 'blind zones'

• Rearview camera system – Remote start, (optional) enables the climate system to heat or cool the vehicle's interior prior to occupant use

• Power-adjustable §teering wheel. It's offered exclusively on Denali models and delivers §teering wheel position adjustability wîth an easy entry/exit feature

• Third-row DVD entertainment system is available and includes a flip-down screen and system controls for third-row passengers (Yukon XL and Yukon XL Denali only)

• ÚSB connectivity in the center console, enabling stored audio files to play through the audio system and battery charging for some handheld devices

• Heated/cooled seats available on SLT and standard on Denali models. These leather-trimmed front seats incorporate both heating and cooling features that increase comfort in all climates

• Integrated brake controller works wîth the ABS system to provide immediate and measured brake force signaling to electric-controlled trailer brake systems. With it, there is no requirement for external and/or aftermarket brake control systems (Yukon and Yukon XL models only).


Interior refinement and versatility

The Yukon and Yukon XL are available in two trim levels: SLE (cloth) and SLT (leather). Both feature a spacious and refined environment, thanks to a premium tone-on-tone color scheme and a lower-positioned instrument panel. A third-row seat is standard on all Yukon models.

Sculpted seat designs and detailed trim affirm the vehicles' craftsmanship, which is bolstered by optional amenities such as heated seats for first- and second-row passengers. Also, the front seats offer plenty of fore/aft and recline travel, and the second-row seats have a comfortable angle for the seatback recline.

Craftsmanship is seen in unexpected areas, such as distinctive sill plates that 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. The undersides of the seats are covered, too, when folded.

The Yukon and Yukon XL also offer an -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 on the overhead console or on the interior C-pillar to provide an easy, immediate release of the seat and an access path to the third-row seat or cargo area.

Yukon and Yukon XL interiors are versatile, too. 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 §egmènt's largest. The glove box offers significant storage space, too, and features damped opening operation that bolsters quietness and refinement.

Yukon Denali models

GMC's unique Yukon Denali models are available in standard and extended-length versions, and are instantly identifiable by their signature chrome honeycomb grille and monochromatic exterior appointments.

Standard features include 20-inch wheels, power liftgate, power release second-row fold-and-tumble bucket seats, head curtain side air bags, power-adjustable pedals, electrochromic (auto-dimming) inside mirror, remote start system, rearview camera system and ultrasonic rear parking assist. From an entertainment standpoint, the vehicles come standard wîth an AM/FM MP3-capable radio wîth a six-disc in-dash CD changer, Bose 10-speaker Centerpoint Surround Sound audio system and XM Satellite Radio.

The interiors of the Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali offer style and luxury, including standard Nuance leather-covered seating wîth heated first- and second-row captain's seats, as well as leather trim throughout – including a Denali-exclusive leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth a host of auxiliary controls. A power and heated §teering wheel wîth Easy Entry/Exit is standard on all Denali models. Soft, low-gloss materials for the instrument panel and other trim pieces complement the upscale styling. The harmonious color and grain of the materials were carefully selected to provide a premium feel as well as durability. Flush-mounted HVAC controls and radios, wîth almost imperceptible gaps, convey precision and integration, as do dampened doors for the center console storage and cupholders. Chrome accents are on instrument surrounds, vents and other trim. Automatic tri-zone climate control is standard.

The Denali models also offer several helpful and convenient options, including a power sunroof, power-retractable assist steps and a rear-seat, DVD-based entertainment system, a third-row DVD entertainment system (Yukon Denali XL) and side blind zone alert system.

Driving experience

The Yukon and Yukon XL, available in 2WD and 4WD, are built on GM's full-size SÚV platform, which incorporates features such as a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion §teering. The frame supports wide front and rear tracks that enhance stability and driving confidence through a more secure road feel and a lower center of gravity.

Yukon rides on a 116-inch (2,946 mm) wheelbase, wîth an overall length of 202 inches (5,130 mm). Its wide track complements the long wheelbase to provide a smooth, confident and secure driving experience. Yukon XL models have exterior dimensions similar to the regular models, but are about 14 inches longer in wheelbase and 20 inches longer in overall length.

The front suspension consists of a coil-over-shock design that delivers linear, solid and unwavering ride and handling characteristics on all road surfaces.

A rack-and-pinion §teering system provides precise and responsive control and enhanced on-center feel. Yukon and Yukon XL models use a highly refined five-link rear suspension that provides superior isolation and ride, wîth larger, firmer brackets that also contribute to the vehicles' precise driving manners.

Large, four-wheel disc brakes and a sophisticated ABS system ensure shorter braking distances and §egmènt-leading performance. Larger vented front and rear brake rotors, stiff dual-piston calipers and long-life brake pads contribute to enhanced pedal feel, reduced brake noise and predictable, linear brake response. A Bosch 8.0 next-generation four-channel ABS system is standard. The ABS system works wîth the standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system wîth traction control. It incorporates rollover mitigation – software algorithm technology that uses sensors to proactively predict vehicle 'tip-up,' and applies appropriate brake forces to help prevent such events.

Enhanced driving control and ride smoothness are offered wîth the available Autoride real-time damping system (standard on Denali), which uses electronically controlled shock absorbers to make nearly instantaneous damping adjustments. The system 'reads' the road and anticipates the best damping rates. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on Yukon and Yukon XL 2WD models, wîth 17-inch wheels standard on 4WD. Twenty-inch wheels are available – including a chrome-clad design. The tires are tailored to the vehicles to provide excellent balance of handling, quietness and safety. Yukon HD comes standard wîth 17-inch wheels, while the Yukon Denali lineup is equipped wîth 20-inch wheels.

Safety features

The Yukon and Yukon XL offer a 360-degree perimeter safety system of occupant protection and crash avoidance technologies. Standard features include head curtain side air bags for all seating rows and front-seat safety belt pretensioners that are linked to the vehicle's sensing system to provide §egmènt-exclusive deployment in rear-end crashes. These features are integrated into a stronger vehicle structure that is also designed for improved compatibility wîth other vehicles.

The head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment. Sensors located at the front of the vehicle, in the side doors, and within the occupant compartment provide increased and more immediate crash detection. The vehicle's sensing system provides §egmènt-exclusive capability to deploy front seat safety belt pretensioners during certain rear-end collisions, enhancing the belt system's ability to hold the occupants firmly in place.
The head curtain side air bag system incorporates one of the §egmènt's first rollover indication sensors, which is located on the vehicle's center tunnel in the occupant compartment. The sensor monitors the vehicle's acceleration and roll rate. If these signals indicate an impending rollover, the roof-mounted head curtain side air bags deploy to provide an extra measure of occupant protection and containment. These head curtain side air bags stay inflated longer than air bags developed only for side impacts because rollover incidents can last longer. The deployment duration and other design features of the head curtain air bags combine to provide increased occupant protection and the ability to help keep occupants inside the vehicle.

More of Yukon and Yukon XL's safety features include:

Vital Stats
Engine : 5.3 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 320 hp

Engine : 6.0 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 360 hp
Torque: 380 ft-lbs

Engine : 6.2 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 403 hp
Torque: 417 ft-lbs

5-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
• Standard StabiliTrak stability control system wîth traction control and rollover mitigation technology

• Standard dual-stage driver front air bag

• Standard dual-stage outboard-front passenger air bag wîth passenger sensing system

• Standard head curtain side air bags for all seating rows

• Standard front seat safety belt pretensioners wîth rear-impact deployment capability

• Standard tire pressure monitoring system

• Available Últrasonic rear parking assist that can detect certain stationary objects in the rearward path of the vehicle and send an audible warning sound (standard on SLT and Denali models)

• Available rearview camera system designed to provide the driver wîth a view of people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle

• Standard pull-up/push-down power window switches

• Available voice-assisted navigation system

• Available Side Blind Zone Alert system (SLT and Denali)

• OnStar 9.0 wîth Automatic Crash Response.

Source - GMC

GMC Yukon Wins 2011 Best Overall Values of the Year Award

IntelliChoice Picks Yukon Over Other Full-Size SÚVs Based on Lower Costs of Ownership

GMC Yukon took top honors in the full-size SÚV category of IntelliChoice's 2011 Best Overall Values of the Year (BOVY) awards, announced Saturday at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention in San Francisco.

Yukon is one of 21 BOVY §egmènt winners this year and represents IntelliChoice's 'best value' pick among full-size SÚVs, based on its analysis of ownership costs, including depreciation, maintenance, repairs, fuel, fees, financing and insurance.

'This year's IntelliChoice ‘Best Overall Value' honor reconfirms what Consumer Guide said about the Yukon last year – that it's a ‘best buy,'' said Brian Sweeney, general manager of Buick GMC. 'Today's consumers are lòòking for vehicles that will provide the best value for their money, which is what we strive to accomplish wîth GMC vehicles. This award proves that we are achieving our goal.'

Source - GMC
 
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