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GM's full-size ute rollout parade continues with reveal of '07 GMC Yukon

DALE JEWETT | Automotive News
Posted Date: 10/5/05

DETROIT -- The rollout parade of General Motors' redesigned full-sized SUVs continued Wednesday with the reveal of the GMC Yukon.

When it goes on sale early next year, the 2007 Yukon will be available in three trim levels -- SLE with cloth trim, SLT with leather trim and Denali.

The Yukon Denali gets a different grille design and a 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 380 horsepower and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The base engine for two-wheel-drive versions of the Yukon will be a 4.8-liter V-8 rated at 290 hp. But that engine won't be available at the start of production.

The new Yukon will launch with a 5.3-liter V-8 rated at 320 hp and equipped with cylinder deactivation technology to improve fuel economy. GMC expects a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 20.1 mpg for the four-wheel-drive Yukon and 20.5 mpg for the 2wd version.

A flex-fuel version of that engine, which can run on E85 ethanol fuel, will be standard on 4wd Yukons. It has the same horsepower and fuel economy ratings as the gasoline version of the 5.3-liter V-8.

Standard equipment will include anti-lock brakes, stability control and 17-inch wheels. The Denali has 18-inch wheels standard, with 20-inch wheels as an option for all Yukons.

Other options for the Yukon include a power liftgate, power running boards, power fold-and-tumble second row seats, navigation system and DVD system. Electronically controlled shock absorbers are also optional for regular Yukons and standard on the Denali.
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