New 22-inch wheels and an optional 6.2-liter V8 beef up the Yukon a bit.
The GMC Yukon has a new look – or at least a new looks package. For 2019, the full-size SUV now features a Graphite Edition upgrade, available in either a standard trim, or with an added Performance option. The new visual package tacks on a handful of new elements, things like new wheels, running boards, and badges, with the latter Performance option adding even more oomph the already-powerful Yukon.
On the standard Yukon Graphite Edition, the 22-inch wheels are finished in bright silver with Carbon Flash Metallic inserts. Black assist steps with gloss black accents, premium black chrome grille mesh insert and fog lamp surrounds, body-color grille surround, black roof rails, and gloss black beltline moldings further enhance the look.
Opt for the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition, meanwhile, and gone is the standard 5.3-liter V8. That same exterior package now adds on the 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower (313 kilowatts) and 460 pound-feet (623 Newton-meters) of torque found on the Yukon Denali, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control. A set of 22-inch gloss black wheels, and an eight-inch Color Touch Screen Navigation with GMC Infotainment System, also come standard.
"The Yukon continues to lead the full-size SUV segment with premium features and an instantly recognizable and well-respected identity," said Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC. "The all-new Graphite Edition builds on the commanding road presence and inherent capabilities of the Yukon and affords customers the opportunity to project a unique, yet distinctly GMC style."
Both the Yukon Graphite Edition and the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition come available in either rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, as well as standard and XL configurations. The Graphite Edition package will also come in three colors exclusively: Onyx Black, White Frost Tricoat, and Dark Sky Metallic. No word on pricing yet, but the looks package will be available in the U.S. later this summer.
GMC is expanding its premium Yukon line with the addition of two 2019 Graphite Editions. The all-new Yukon Graphite Edition offers a darkened exterior appearance, while the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition adds vehicle performance upgrades. The Graphite Editions are exclusively available on SLT trim vehicles and can be ordered on either Yukon or Yukon XL in both 2WD and 4WD configurations.
“The Yukon continues to lead the full-size SUV segment with premium features and an instantly recognizable and well-respected identity,” said Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs. “The all-new Graphite Edition builds on the commanding road presence and inherent capabilities of the Yukon and affords customers the opportunity to project a unique, yet distinctly GMC style.”
The Yukon Graphite Edition includes 22-inch bright machined wheels with Carbon Flash Metallic pockets, black assist steps with gloss black accents, premium black chrome grille mesh insert and fog lamp surrounds, body-color grille surround, black roof rails, gloss black beltline moldings and additional black trim.
The Graphite Performance Edition requires the Graphite Edition and further adds:
- 6.2L V-8 engine.
- 10-speed automatic transmission.
- Magnetic Ride Control.
- 22-inch six-spoke Gloss black wheels.
- Active two-speed transfer case (4WD models only).
- Trailer brake controller.
- 170-amp alternator.
- 3.23 axle ratio.
- High capacity air cleaner.
- Bose Active Noise Cancellation.
- Multi-color Head-up Display.
- 8-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Center.
- 8-inch Color Touch Screen Navigation with GMC Infotainment System.
The 6.2L V-8 included with the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition features direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing for increased efficiency while providing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission that further improves efficiency by reducing engine revolutions at highway speeds. These powertrain enhancements are complemented by Magnetic Ride Control, which uses sensors to “read” the road and can alter the damping rate of the shocks almost instantly. The combined power and torque, greater efficiency and composed ride provide a smooth and confident driving experience.
The 2019 Yukon and Yukon XL Graphite Editions will be available this summer in the United States. Package pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. Graphite Editions are offered in three exterior colors: Onyx Black, White Frost Tricoat and Dark Sky Metallic.