The GMC Yukon XL has been completely redesigned for 2007. It is built on a stronger chassis for improved ride and handling, flaunts a new exterior with wraparound fascias and a more raked windshield for improved aerodynamics, boasts a more spacious and refined interior, and is powered by a new family of Gen.-IV small-block V-8 engines.
GMC has been building trucks for a century, and the truck-based Yukon XL has been in the line since 2000, although its roots stem back to the 1930s. The 9-passenger Yukon XL is the largest sport utility vehicle (SUV) GMC offers. It is very similar to the Chevrolet Suburban, which has also undergone a complete redesign for 2007. Compared with the regular-length Yukon, the XL (extra length) model is about 14 inches longer in wheelbase, 20 inches longer in overall length, and offers a maximum of 137.4 cubic feet of cargo room. It is available in SLE and up-level SLT trim. An amenity-laden Denali model is also available. Two- and 4-wheel-drive configurations are offered.
The new Yukon XL has sleeker styling and closer panel tolerances than its predecessor. Other changes include the addition of rack-and-pinion steering in lieu of the old recirculating-ball setup, and a new full-size SUV platform that features a fully boxed frame with coil-over-shock front suspension. The frame supports a 3-inch wider front track and a 1-inch wider rear track for somewhat better stability. Larger, 4-wheel, vented disc brakes and an all-new Bosch ABS system improve braking performance. The ABS system employs StabiliTrak-GM's electronic stability control system. And for the first time, StabiliTrak incorporates rollover mitigation software. Side-curtain air bags that protect all three rows of seats are now offered on the XL.
A new family of Gen.-IV small-block V-8 engines powers the Yukon XL, delivering more horsepower and better fuel economy than previous models. Topping the list is an all-new 6.2-liter, all-aluminum engine with variable valve timing and a new 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6.2-liter is rated at 380 hp. Other engine choices range from 4.8 liters to 6.0 liters, some featuring fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology and E85 capability-engines that can run on ethanol and/or gasoline. For 2007, GMC backs its powertrains with a 5-year/100,000-mile warranty.
The GMC Yukon XL competes in the Large Utility segment, which consists of eight models. Buyers in this segment look for comfort, performance, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study. SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevy Tahoe (161,491 units sold), Ford Expedition (78,953), and Chevrolet Suburban (77,211). The GMC Yukon XL sold 45,413 units in 2006, a decrease of 15.4 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Utility segment include the GMC Yukon, Toyota Sequoia, and Nissan Armada. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Ford Expedition EL.
|SLE w/3SA||4 speed automatic||$37,805||320-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl||15/21|
|Commercial Fleet (Fleet or Gov Only)||4 speed automatic||$37,805||320-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl||15/21|
|SLT||4 speed automatic||$38,590||320-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl||15/21|
|Denali||6 speed automatic||$50,305||380-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl||13/19|