First Drive: 2015 GMC Yukon / GMC Yukon XL / GMC Yukon Denali
Here’s a little secret that most people aren’t aware of: GMC sells more vehicles than any other division of General Motors other than Chevrolet. Helping to lead the charge – as it has for the past two decades, now – is the GMC Yukon, the truck-heavy brand’s full-size SUV, and the vehicle that launched one of the most successful stealth luxury names in the industry: Denali.
The 2015 GMC Yukon has been completely redesigned in the wake of a portfolio-wide do-over that includes fresh versions of the GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado pickups that the Yukon has long shared a platform with. Things change, however, and this is true for the Sierra / Yukon duality as well, with the new people mover slipping out of the long shadow cast by its truck roots and finally finding an identity all its own in terms of styling, on-road demeanor, and comfort. This nascent personality shift couldn’t have come at a better time for the GMC Yukon, which is well-positioned to reassert its dominance over the premium SUV segment with imposing gusto.