NEW FOR 2013:

- Powertrain grade braking in normal transmission mode (excluding Hybrid models).
- Paint changes: Champagne Silver Metallic added.

For 2013, the GMC Yukon continues on relatively unchanged, the only enhancements being powertrain braking in normal transmission mode and a new shade of paint.

Also sold as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the Yukon comes as the regular-wheelbase Yukon and long-wheelbase Yukon XL (covered in a separate entry). The regular-wheelbase Yukon also comes as a Hybrid.

Trim levels are the SLE, SLT 1SC and 1SD in the Yukon, in two- or four-wheel drive. The Hybrid also comes in two- or four-wheel drive. There are also two top trim lines, the Denali and Denali Hybrid, which are full-time four-wheel drive only.

Regular-wheelbase Yukon models use a 5.3-litre V8 with a 6.2-litre V8 that is the sole choice in the Denali. All conventional models use a six-speed automatic transmission. The Hybrid uses a 6.0-litre V8 with Auto Stop capability and a two-mode continuous ratio electric transmission with four fixed gears. The system can launch and drive up to 48 km/h on electricity alone, and keep the 6.0-litre in its Active Fuel Management mode, running on four cylinders, for longer periods of time for improved fuel economy.

Features on the SLE include 17-inch alloy wheels (16-inch on 2500), tri-zone manual climate control, black assist steps, privacy glass, heated mirrors, black roof rack side rails, variable intermittent wipers, fixed-delay rear wiper, cruise control, rear auxiliary heater, driver information centre, tire pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, power windows with driver’s express-down, cloth 40/20/40 split-bench seat with six-way driver’s power adjustment, 60/40 split-folding second-row bench, CD/MP3 stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, locking rear differential, trailer package, remote vehicle starter, automatic headlamps, keyless entry, OnStar, and anti-theft alarm. The Yukon XL includes a removable 50/50 split-bench third-row seat that is optional on the regular-wheelbase Yukon.

The SLT 1SC adds tri-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, roof rack crossbars, centre floor console, power-adjustable pedals, garage door opener, six-way leather bucket seats, six-CD/MP3 stereo, Bose premium sound system with subwoofer, second-row audio controls and headphone jacks, rear parking assist, and OnStar with Directions & Connections Plan.

The SLT 1SD adds heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-release fold-and-tumble heated second-row seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and power-folding exterior mirrors.

The Hybrid is similarly equipped to the conventional SLT 1SC, but adds 18-inch low-mass aluminum wheels, unique fascias, third-row seating, aluminum liftgate with fixed rear window, power-folding heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, integrated turn signals, reverse tilt and puddle lamps, rearview camera system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 115-volt auxiliary outlet, heated seats, navigation radio, and electric power steering.

The Denali builds on the conventional SLT 1SC and adds 20-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, colour-keyed assist steps, Denali-specific full chrome grille, power liftgate, power-folding heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming integrated turn signals, reverse tilt and puddle lamps, chrome roof rack side rails, power sunroof, heated washer fluid system, cargo compartment mat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated leather-wrapped and wood steering wheel, heated and cooled 12-way perforated leather seats, heated second-row reclining bucket seats with power-release fold and tumble, Bose luxury sound system with AudioPilot noise reduction, road-sensing suspension with rear air auto-level system, and heavy-duty cooling package.

The Hybrid Denali builds on the Hybrid and adds 22-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, magnetic ride control, Denali-specific full chrome grille, power liftgate, power sunroof, colour-keyed assist steps with chrome inserts, chrome roof rack side rails with black end caps, heated and cooled 12-way perforated seats, wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Bose ten-speaker Centre Channel sound system with subwoofer.

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