The chrome exterior accents give the big SUV more panache.
The flashy 2016 GMC Yukon SLT Premium Edition will arrive at dealers this summer to offer SUV customers more bling for less money than buying a Denali. If you’re willing to accept the standard model’s 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8, this version might not be a bad compromise.
The SLT Premium Edition aims to catch other drivers’ eye when rolling through the neighborhood or dropping the kids off at school. In addition to the SLT trim’s usual features, the SUV now rides on massive 22-inch chrome wheels, which fill the fenders nicely. For even more glitz, there’s a new chrome grille with multiple horizontal slats, and chrome trim runs down each side of the vehicle. A polished exhaust tip at the rear finishes off this Yukon’s shiny styling. The package is available on both the standard wheelbase and the larger Yukon XL.
GMC spokesperson Kelly Wysocki tells Motor1 the SLT Premium Edition "is approximately $3,000." That price suggests a standard wheelbase, rear-wheel drive Yukon with the package would be around $60,000 (plus the $1,195 for destination on all models). Considering that a two-wheel drive Yukon Denali starts at $65,325, the new offering lets customers split the difference between the trims. Buyers here don’t get the Denali’s 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 or interior amenities, but they can have a flashier exterior.
Gallery: 2016 GMC Yukon SLT Premium Edition
GMC Introduces Yukon SLT Premium Edition
Unique chrome accents, 22-inch wheels offer upscale style
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – GMC today announced the 2016 Yukon SLT Premium Edition – a chrome-trimmed special model offering a premium, personalized appearance on SLT models.
It goes on sale this summer, offered on Yukon and Yukon XL models. Features include:
- Unique design 22-inch chrome-wheels
- Unique design chrome grille
- Bright chrome body-side moldings
- Polished exhaust tip
“The new Yukon SLT Premium Edition adds distinction and personalized style to the already well-appointed Yukon SLT model,” said Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager, GMC Trucks & Full-size SUVs. “For discerning customers seeking uncompromising capability and unparalleled refinement in a full-size SUV, Yukon SLT Premium Edition delivers with the latest in technologies, amenities and a unique and premium style.”
Yukon and Yukon XL SLT models are powered by an advanced 5.3L V-8 engine that offers the segment’s best V-8 fuel economy: an EPA-estimated 23 highway mpg (2WD models).
Additional standard and available features on SLT models include:
- Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that enhance cargo capability and convenience, including an available power-folding feature
- Power rear liftgate with multiple programmable height settings and hands-free operation
- Wireless phone charging
- Standard 8-inch-diagonal color touch-screen radio with enhanced IntelliLink and available navigation
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection compatibility
- Keyless Open and Start
- 8,500-lb. max trailering for Yukon and 8,300-lb. max trailering for Yukon XL (2WD models)
The Yukon lineup also incorporates technologies that help protect the driver and passengers before, during and after a collision. They include a forward radar system and the segment’s only Front Center Air Bag (models with front bucket seats), which deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants in side impacts.
Phone projection technology
Through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Yukon’s IntelliLink infotainment system provides simple and intuitive use of smartphones in the vehicle. It integrates certain phone functions onto the 8-inch-diagonal color touch screen, allowing you to call up music, navigation apps and more.
Using either application is simple. A “Projection” icon on the IntelliLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected and changes to indicate CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected through a USB. Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later models.
OnStar 4G LTE and available Wi-Fi hotspot complement IntelliLink to enhance Yukon’s connectivity.
Fast Fact: Yukon and Yukon XL sales were up more than 11 percent for the first four months of 2016.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.