Big updates are coming for the 2025 GMC Yukon, as the brand’s flagship SUV is getting a mid-cycle refresh. The current generation has been for a while and even though it still looks very good, there is still room for improvement. Therefore, the next year’s model is coming with changes in different aspects. Naturally, one of the key things to change will be the styling, which will get novelties on both ends of the vehicle. Furthermore, interior updates are expected too and the latest reports suggest pretty massive improvement in this aspect.
Most things under the hood are probably to remain the same. Still, there are sources that suggest updates for the diesel version, which could get more power and torque. Other than that, the powertrain lineup will remain the same, consisting of two familiar gasoline units. Finally, some sources speculate about the possibility of seeing a more rugged off-road version, with the AT4X badge.
We expect to see the 2025 GMC Yukon sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2025 GMC Yukon Design
As mentioned, the full-size SUV is about to get a mid-cycle refresh and from what we can see, the updates could be quite comprehensive. First of all, there is the matter of styling. The test mule has been spotted and it wears a lot of camouflage. We presume that the updated model is about to get the same or very similar treatment to the recently updated Sierra. That would mean a completely new front-end design, with new headlights, redesigned grille, bumper and many more. Of course, changes on the rear end would follow the same design philosophy.
We also mentioned the possibility of seeing a more rugged off-road version. The current model is available in the AT4 trim, with unique styling details, standard four-wheel drive, skid plates, a two-speed transfer case, hill-descent control etc. The upgraded version, called the AT4X would bring further upgrades, including adjustable air suspension, locking differentials, better tires and similar things.
Big changes are expected on the inside as well. At this point, we are still waiting for details but the test mule clearly shows a covered dashboard. We presume that the dash could be redesigned completely. The current one doesn’t look bad but it would certainly use a more upscale appearance. For that reason, many expect to see it completely new, just like the center console, with the same design as the recently updated Sierra, which now looks very elegant and pretty luxurious from the inside.
Of course, the overall cabin layout would remain unchanged, and that also includes the seating configuration. This is one of the largest vehicles in the class. There are three very spacious rows of seats and one of the most impressive cargo areas in the segment.
2025 GMC Yukon Engines
We’ve just mentioned that there are some reports about powertrain upgrades. According to them, we would see a new version of the turbodiesel engine. Instead of 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the new engine would feature a max output of 305 horsepower and 495 pound-feet of the max twist.
The rest of the lineup would probably continue in the same way. So, base models would continue with a familiar 5.3-liter V8 that puts out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The good-old 6.2-liter V8 will continue to sit at the top of the offer, with a max output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
All engines would come coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
There’s no doubt that this mid-cycle refresh is about to bring notable changes in terms of standard and available equipment, but we are pretty sure that the trim-level organization is about to remain similar. In other words, base models would probably continue with a familiar SLE badge, which already comes with lots of standard equipment, including LED headlights, digital instrument cluster, smartphone integration and a good portion of safety systems.
The SLT would continue as the first upgrade, with additional convenience features. The next one should be the AT4, which has exclusive styling details and some off-road upgrades. Of course, Denali and Denali Ultimate models would continue to sit at the top of the offer, with exclusive aesthetics and full loads of standard equipment.
Finally, let’s not forget the aforementioned AT4X trim. This would become one of the most expensive variants of the SUV, thanks to a long list of off-road upgrades. Various optional packages and standalone features will be on offer too.
2025 GMC Yukon Release Date and Price
According to GM Authority, the production of the 2025 GMC Yukon will start in November. So, we presume that the sales will start soon after. A slight price increase is expected, compared to the current model which starts at around 57.400 dollars. Of course, the competition remains unchanged, in the form of models like the Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition, Jeep Wagoneer etc.