2022 Yukon AT4 to Receive Optional 6.2L V8 Engine
GMC is vamping up the 2022 Yukon AT4. As the winner of MotorTrend’s 2021 Four Wheeler of the Year Award, the SUV has been making headlines with its off-road performance and versatility. With dynamic off-road features like a higher stance, off-road tires, and skid plating, the 2022 Yukon AT4 seems almost perfect for the adventure seeker. The SUV also offers comfort, utility, and luxury for the best of both worlds. Now, GMC is improving the SUV with the introduction of a new engine, a 6.2L V8. This brings the engine availability up to three: the standard 5.3L V8, a 3.0L Duramax diesel inline six-cylinder engine, and now a powerful 6.2L gasoline V8. GMC is providing more range with the new engine addition and it may be just what consumers are looking for to solidify the 2022 Yukon AT4 as the best vehicle for them.
2022 Yukon AT4 Receives 6.2L V8
The 2022 Yukon AT4 will feature a new and more powerful 6.2L V8 engine. This new engine was touted by GM almost a year ago, but now GM has finally approved the addition. The Yukon AT4 currently has a standard 5.3 V8 as well as a 3.0L Duramax diesel option. The problem with the Duramax however, was space constraints involving the Yukon’s front fascia and skid plates. These constraints made it difficult to fit the diesel engine to the Yukon AT4 as they cut into the engine’s charge-air cooler. Although many questioned why the 6.2L V8 wasn’t offered initially with the release of the Yukon AT4, it is available now and it seems a much more viable choice than the 5.3L V8.
The Yukon’s standard 5.3L V8 engine generates up to 355 horsepower and 383lb-ft of torque. The new 6.2L V8 producers up to 420 horsepower and 460lb-ft of torque. The difference between the two engines may seem small, but each makes for a different driving experience. One disadvantage to the new 6.2L V8 engine is the EPA fuel economy which is slightly lowered to 14 mpg versus 15 mpg in the city. Highway fuel economy stays the same so the difference is really negligible. As such, it seems the 6.2L V8 is the better choice.
The 6.2L V8 offers more power, but looking at the 2021 Yukon AT4, it seems the standard 5.3L V8 tows about 200 pounds more than the 6.2L V8. 200 pounds isn’t that much when it comes to towing, so the 6.2L still wins out here. As for cost, the 6.2L will run a bit more though the amount hasn’t been confirmed yet. If we look at the GMC Sierra AT4 pickup truck, GMC charges $2,195 to upgrade from a 5.3L to a 6.2L. It’s safe to say this price level will be similar for the 2022 Yukon AT4. Overall, the new 6.2L V8 engine improves the 2022 Yukon AT4 without hurting fuel economy or tow capacity too much. For those looking to improve their Yukon AT4, the new engine seems an optimal choice.
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