The 2022 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV that makes no apology for its size or capability, and why should it? Unibody crossover SUVs are great, but sometimes only a proper, truck-based, full-size SUV is up to the job. There are very few jobs you might want to do in Yellowknife and the surrounding area that the Yukon can’t handle, and if you need even more space than the Yukon has available, there’s also a long-wheelbase Yukon XL ready and waiting to step in.
There are either two or four trim levels in the 2022 GMC Yukon lineup, and how many you have to choose from depends on whether you want a rear or four-wheel-drive version. If you want a rear-drive version of the Yukon, the available trim levels are the entry-level SLE and the SLT that sits just above it in the current lineup. Those are still the first two trim levels of four-wheel-drive variants, but that extra capability also allows to select the off-road-focused AT4 and the wonderfully opulent, range-topping Denali version of the Yukon.
There may only be four trim levels for customers to choose from, but that hasn’t stopped GMC from offering three fantastic powertrains for the Yukon. The standard engine is a robust 5.3-litre V-8 that provides the Yukon with 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, which goes to the rear or all four wheels through a standard 10-speed automatic transmission. The 5.3 is the standard unit for all versions of the 2022 GMC Yukon apart from the top-of-the-range Denali.
The alternative gasoline engine is a mighty 6.2-litre V-8 that develops 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. This one is available with the AT4 trim and standard for the Denali. However, there is a third option for every 2022 Yukon configuration apart from the AT4; a 3.0-litre Duramax turbodiesel producing 277 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque that also comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. When properly configured, the 2022 GMC Tahoe can tow up to a maximum of 3,810 kg (8,400 pounds), which sets a ladder-frame construction vehicle like this apart from crossover rivals.
Apart from perhaps the most basic model available, you could find it difficult to believe that the Yukon doesn’t get classed as a bona fide luxury vehicle. All models come generously equipped with standard features and equipment, but the Denali appears to get everything apart from the kitchen sink. The AT4 is hard to resist for how it looks, but this is also an SUV for serious off-roaders because it walks the walk just as well as it talks the talk. As well as standard four-wheel drive, the AT4 also gets 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in off-road tires, hill descent control, recovery hooks, skid plates, a front fascia with a high-approach angle, and an Autotrac 2-speed transfer case.
The 2022 Yukon Denali appears to have it all with a standard premium 14-speaker sound system, adaptive suspension, heated second-row seats, genuine wood trim, a power-folding third-row seat, a surround-view camera system, and blind-spot monitors, but that’s not all. You can go even further by raiding an options list, however. That list includes 22-inch wheels, air suspension, a power sunroof, a rear camera mirror, a rear-seat entertainment system, an electronic limited-slip differential, adaptive cruise control, and a trailer-tow package incorporating trailer blind-spot monitors and a hitch-view camera.
Not so long ago, some were claiming that full-size SUVs like the 2022 GMC Yukon were reaching the end of their shelf-life and would give way to crossovers that deliver a more car-like driving experience. The Yukon, if anything, is going from strength to strength. You can see why for yourself with a test drive from Yellowknife Motors here at 360 Old Airport Road, Yellowknife, NWT, or you can call us at (867)-766-5000 right now for more information and to schedule a test drive for a time that’s convenient for you.