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GMC Enhances 2019 Yukon Line-Up with New Graphite Performance Package

GMC is dressing up its popular 2019 GMC Yukon with new Graphite editions. One Graphite edition is a performance package that could be a game changer.


GMC intends to keep its reputation as a leader in the full-size SUV arena and it is adding two new Graphite editions to the 2019 GMC Yukon line-up. The all-new 2019 Yukon Graphite edition offers a darkened exterior appearance, while the 2019 Yukon Performance edition gives the vehicle performance upgrades to make the premium SUV even more commanding.

According to Stu Pierce, a marketing manager for GMC SUVs, “The Yukon continues to lead the full-size SUV segment with premium features and an instantly recognizable and well-respected identity. The all-new Graphite Edition builds on the commanding road presence and inherent capabilities of the Yukon and affords customers the opportunity to project a unique, yet distinctly GMC style.”

More Performance and Power

The Graphite Performance package will give the 2019 GMC Yukon an impressive 6.2L V-8 engine as well as a number of other performance upgrades, like a trailer brake controller and Magnetic Ride Control. According to GMC, “The 6.2L V-8 included with the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition features direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing for increased efficiency while providing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission that further improves efficiency by reducing engine revolutions at highway speeds.”

GMC claims that the combined power and torque, greater efficiency and smooth ride will provide a more confident driving experience.

The upgraded Graphite packages are only available on SLT trim versions and can be ordered on either Yukon or Yukon XL in both 2WD and 4WD configurations.

Special Trim Package

The Yukon Graphite Edition includes 22-inch bright machined wheels with Carbon Flash Metallic pockets, black assist steps with gloss black accents, premium black chrome grille mesh insert and fog lamp surrounds, body-color grille surround, black roof rails, gloss black beltline moldings and additional black trim. GMC wants to ensure that the 2019 Yukon appears commanding, confident and powerful in the popular full-size SUV arena.

Graphite Editions will be offered in three exterior colors: Onyx Black, White Frost Tricoat and Dark Sky Metallic. GMC is not releasing fuel economy numbers at this point. Eventually, you will be able to compare the Yukon's MPG performance at

Some of the Key Upgrades on the Graphite Performance edition:

  • 6.2L V-8 engine.
  • 10-speed automatic transmission.
  • Magnetic Ride Control.
  • 22-inch six-spoke Gloss black wheels.
  • Active two-speed transfer case (4WD models only).
  • Trailer brake controller.
  • High capacity air cleaner.
  • Bose Active Noise Cancellation.
  • Multi-color Heads-up Display.
  • 8-inch Color Touch Screen Navigation with GMC Infotainment System.

The 2019 Yukon and Yukon XL Graphite Editions will be available this summer in the United States. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date.