Test drive: 2021 GMC Yukon DieselThe 2021 GMC Yukon Diesel combines the pulling energy of a V8 with crossover gas financial system, however is already nearing the top of the street, in line with Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu.GMC’s latest SUV may be the final of its variety.The 2021 Yukon is now obtainable with a diesel engine. It’s the identical 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder provided within the Sierra pickup and an alternative choice to the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s which are additionally obtainable in each vans.The factor is, General Motors just lately introduced plans to change into an all-electric automaker by 2035, so it’s unlikely it is going to be including any new inner combustion engines to the lineup earlier than that occurs, not to mention diesels. How lengthy the present ones might be on sale hasn’t been clarified, however the first of the battery-powered truck brigade arrives late this 12 months within the type of the GMC HUMMER EV.So why even trouble with a Yukon diesel now? Well, the market has made it fairly clear that not everybody is prepared for the swap to electrical, particularly long-haulers, for which the sort of engine is especially well-suited. According to the Diesel Technology Forum, diesel SUV and pickup gross sales had been up 28 p.c in 2020.The 277 hp engine has the identical 460 lb-ft of torque score as the Yukon Denali’s 6.2-liter V8 and delivers an EPA mixed gas financial system of 23 mpg in two-wheel-drive vans and 22 mpg with four-wheel-drive, thanks in no small half to the Yukon’s 10-speed automated transmission.MORE TEST DRIVES FROM FOX NEWS AUTOSThat’s over 30 p.c higher than each V8s and the freeway scores are 27 mpg and 26 mpg, respectively, which places the Yukon into three-row crossover nation and permits the it to cowl 648 miles between fill-ups. The extended-length Yukon XL could make it 756 miles, courtesy of its bigger gas tank.Just as very important to its meant prospects, the Yukon Diesel can tow as much as 8100 kilos with two-wheel-drive and 7800 kilos with four-wheel-drive, which is 200 to 300 kilos greater than the V8s are able to of their customary configurations. However, the fuel vans will be outfitted with an non-obligatory max towing package deal that provides them a 200 to 400-pound benefit.The Yukon Diesel begins at $52,990, which represents a $1,000 premium over one with the 5.3-liter V8. In the top-of-the-line $68,195 Yukon Denali the diesel is $500 lower than the trim’s 6.2-liter V8. Even with the upper value of diesel, annual gas financial savings vary from $200 to $850.THE GMC YUKON’S “HURRICANE TURN” MODE SPINS IT IN PLACEThe diesel positively feels like one with the hood open, however is generally unobtrusive. It’s a bit chuga-chuggy in cease and go visitors, however quiets down on the open street till you slam the diesel pedal. It could not have spark plugs, however its responsiveness and willingness to rev are electrifying if you do.As with the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Cadillac Escalade, that are additionally obtainable with the diesel, the 2021 Yukon is all-new and incorporates a absolutely unbiased suspension. Its experience high quality is a number of ranges of refinement larger than the earlier mannequin and that’s earlier than you add the non-obligatory laptop managed shocks and adjustable air suspension system.The Yukon additionally will get an inside with a dashboard design utterly distinctive from the Tahoe’s that helps additional set it aside to justify its $1,700 larger value. Beyond that, the 2 largely share a wealthy function set that features a powered middle console that slides rearward to create additional space for storing and reveal a secret compartment; a full suite of digital driver aids with adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help; head-up show; and excessive definition 360-degree digicam.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAn off-road targeted Yukon AT4 mannequin can be obtainable with a particular 4×4 system, skid plates, tow hooks and all-terrain tires, nevertheless it solely comes with the 5.3-liter V8, so that you’ll should plan on shorter overlanding journeys than the diesel may doubtlessly present.———-2021 GMC Yukon DieselBase value: $52,990As examined: $82,245Type: 7-passenger, 4-door, four-wheel-drive SUVEngine: 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder dieselPower: 277 hp, 460 lb-ftTransmission: 10-speed automaticFuel financial system: 20 metropolis/26 hwy