2015 GMC Yukon Hybrid is finally available…After dismal sales in 2013 which saw GMC Yukon and its siblings Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalase sold around 1,700 units combined, hybrid models were canceled. Conventional models also received a facelift later on and hybrids never found their place back in the lineup, especially thanks to the fuel efficiency of new models which now return the numbers that hybrid models used to.
2015 GMC Yukon Hybrid Engine range
2015 year models are already presented and as of now, hybrids still don’t feature. However, there’s a possibility that later on, or deep in the next year, GMC Yukon might return with a new powertrain option which should greatly increase its fuel efficiency. Older V8 engine doesn’t make any sence (nor it did before for that matter) in a hybrid vehicle and we can safely expect 3.5L V6 or even turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Electric motors will also be updated and hybrid Yukon might be offered as standard and premium Denali model in both RWD and 4WD.
Redesign – Interior and Exterior
As all new Yukon models, new hybrids would be completely redesigned and would get the sinister heavy grille in black or chrome and angular headlights on top of the high hood. Rear end would have roof pillars at the back door which would increase rear visibility, while tail-lights would have kept their vertical layout.
Inside, hybrid version wouldn’t be any different than its conventional siblings, instead in the gauge department. This luxurious SUV with three rows of seats offers leather seat upholstery and wood grain and chrome accents. Heavy dashboard has a wide instrument panel and center stack with lots of storage space. 8-inch color touch screen can be pulled up in order to reveal an USB port and storage compartment behind it. Second row has an optional Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system with premium Bose surround sound system. Safety features are plenty and include a rearview camera, StabiliTrak – electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, safety alert seat, side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision alert.
2015 GMC Yukon Hybrid Price and Fuel Efficiency
Fuel economy ratings should see a considerable increase and, depending on a powertrain chosen, might rise to low-to-mid thirties miles per galon combined. This rather pricey vehicle used to be expensive from the get-go, and this shouldn’t change. Expect base Yukon hybrids to cost around $55,000 and Denali models to have a price tag of $65,000.
2015 GMC Yukon might not arrive untill the second part of 2015, or not even then. There are mixed views on its discontinuation, but the sales numbers have had the last word and now, there’s no way back, only forward. And new, more efficient Yukon hybrid would have been a huge step forward.