While full-size SUVs aren’t always associated with extreme off-road adventures, it’s safe to say that there has been a slight change in mindset over the years. Everyone wants the versatility that an SUV is expected to provide, whether you’re talking about a subcompact, mid-size, or full-size SUV. So, we’ve been able to see full-size SUVs become more and more capable when it comes to hitting the trail.
The 2021 GMC Yukon AT4
Take the new 2021 GMC Yukon, for example. With this all-new vehicle, we’re able to see a famous GM trim, the AT4, attached for the first time. If you aren’t familiar with the AT4 trim, it’s the same outfit you’ll find on the GMC Sierra line of full-size pickups. You can expect a slew of additional features to come with this trim, making it perfect for when you’re driving across rugged and unforgiving terrain.
If you’re thinking about ditching the pavement for some rough trails, the Yukon AT4 model will provide you with some serious backup. And don’t think it’s only going to be an addition of off-road features because you’ll get premium amenities as well.
First off, the design of the AT4 trim is different. You can expect a large front grille with bold GMC lettering atop a dark chrome finish and front bumper found in gloss black. The AT4 front end has been designed to allow for a better approach angle for when you encounter steep grades. The wheels are 20-inch machined-aluminum with Carbon Gray Metallic accents and 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires. You’ll also have black roof rails and assist steps to round out the overall dark exterior appearance. The dark appearance continues on the interior with brushed aluminum accents and premium materials throughout.
For off-road situations, you have the all-new available Active Response 4WD System, which will send torque to the wheels it detects need it the most. This is particularly handy in slick driving conditions as well. You’ll also have Hill Descent Control for descending steep grades in your Yukon, allowing for a more smooth and controlled descent without constant braking. Perhaps two of the most exciting features are the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control. You can adjust your ground clearance levels by up to two inches while your suspension and damper settings are being adjusted automatically. The end result is a much smoother ride for everyone.