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This Flashy Trend Is Starting To Catch On At General Motors

2021 GMC Yukon Denali
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You ever notice that tacky illuminated three-point-star emblem that some Mercedes-Benz customers opted to pay extra for? And how it looks like it’s from a discount auto parts store? Think Lincoln started to do that same thing with the Navigator? Apparently, you can soon enjoy this strange trend on the 2021 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Yukon Denali family of utility vehicles, as well.

According to the official 2021 GMC Yukon order guide, the new SUV will introduce an “Illumination Package,” as well as an illuminated front GMC emblem as a standalone accessory. The full package will be available on Yukon SLT, Yukon AT4, and Yukon Denali trim levels, as well as their Yukon XL counterparts. However, it does require the installation of the SLT Luxury Pacakge (RPO code WPL). The illuminated badge itself will be offered on all trim levels. Below are more details:

Illuminated front GMC emblem (LPO code RG2): dealer-installed.

Illumination Package (LPO code RG2): Illuminated front GMC emblem, LPO and (S3I) Illuminated mirror GMC emblem, LPO (dealer-installed).

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The accessories have not been immediately priced, while official images remain nonexistent. However, similar illuminated badge accessories offered on the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban carried a price of around $325. We will likely see a similar pricing when more complete details of the 2021 GMC Yukon are made available.

The all-new GMC Yukon will start at $51,995 in short wheelbase spec, while the extended Yukon XL begins at $54,695 including the $1,295 destination charge. Should you want to step up to a 4×4 model in base SLE spec, those prices jump to $54,995 for the Yukon and $57,695 for the XL respectively. The 2021 model year carries only a $100 premium over the outgoing model in base spec, though the XL see a slightly higher $1,000 price hike.

Standout options for the 2021 Yukon include an SLT Luxury package for $2,030, including driver alert package, memory seat/mirrors, power adjusting steering column, heated and power folding second row seats, heated steering wheel and surround view camera. Upgrade to the SLT Luxury Plus pack, and you add on the max trailer pack, panoramic sunroof for $4,095. The off-road oriented AT4 has the same package structure.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Yukon Denali can easily eclipse a base Cadillac Escalade in pricing. This trim level unlocks the Advanced Tech package, which adds mostly camera and safety systems for $1,780. The Denali Deluxe adds rear seat media and special 22 inch wheels for $5,750. Next up the ladder, the Denali Premium package adds illuminated and power retractable side steps and panoramic sunroof for $7,000. Finally, the Denali Ultimate adds all of the previous features plus adaptive air suspension, for a grand total of $11,225. All in, and a new Denali can easily exceed $80,000.

2021 GMC Yukon
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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