The 2017 GMC Yukon

If you’ve been looking for quiet comfort, dependability, and power in a full-size SUV, you’ve been looking for the 2017 GMC Yukon.

Meet the 2017 GMC Yukon

Powerful

The Yukon full-size SUV comes with a standard EcoTec3 V8 engine. With that setup, you’ll receive 355 horsepower and and 6300 pounds of standard trailering. Whether conquering long distance road trips, or hauling a serious payload, the Yukon won’t begin to feel sluggish. Although all that power might suggest otherwise, GMC’s full-size SUV also gives you impressive fuel economy. In the city, you’ll get 14.7 L/100km and 10 L/100km on the highway. In part, that comes from the Active Fuel Management system which automatically switches from eight cylinders down to four when you don’t need the extra power.

Quiet

Also surprising, given the size of the engine, is the silence of the cabin. GMC have engineered a remarkably quiet cabin. Sure, you’ll be able to hear the engine as you accelerate, but not distractingly. A number of ingenious noise reduction features tune out rough roads and strong winds. They include:

  • Inlaid doors
  • Acoustic-laminated windshield
  • Triple-sealed doors
  • Valved exhaust system

To make the most of the peace and quiet, the Yukon’s interior is built for comfort. The seats are broad and comfortable, while storage space is maximized by a giant center console and foldaway seating. The authentic aluminum trim and contrast stitching create a cabin that is distinctly professional grade. However, for elevated comfort and style, you should consider the Denali trim.

2017 GMC Yukon Denali

Firstly, upgrading to Denali gets you a comprehensive suite of safety technology including Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. You also get a dynamic Head-Up Display on the windshield. When active, you can see critical driving information without taking your eyes off the road. For entertainment, the Yukon Denali adds Wireless Charging and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound to the base model’s WiFi hotspot and IntelliLink system. And, of course, the Denali trim brings the peak in comfort. Premium, perforated leather seating complements poplar wood inlays. The seats, as well the steering wheel, are heated.

Ultimately, you have to call the 2017 GMC Yukon versatile. Despite its size and power, the SUV is nimble (relatively), quiet, and comfortable. Explore the Yukon for yourself here.

New 2017 Canyon Diesel

For good reason, most Canadians are stigmatized against Diesel engines right now. After Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, Fiat Chrysler (manufacturers of the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel) has now been accused of installing undisclosed devices that release diesel emissions exceeding what is permitted under the Clean Air Act. Despite the rule breakers, you shouldn’t swear off diesel engines altogether. Especially now that the GMC Canyon Diesel has arrived.

New 2017 Canyon Diesel

The 2017 GMC Canyon diesel offers a 2.8L Duramax. Its 10.8 L/100 km city and 7.9 L/100 km hwy are the best fuel economy numbers in its class. And, while its 181 horsepower might sound underpowered, it makes full use of each one. With a payload of 1508 pounds and conventional trailering of 7700 pounds, the Canyon has power belying its frame. That frame, by the way, also ensures GMC small pickup is maneuverable. Combined with the standard Rear Vision Camera, the Canyon is surprisingly easy to parallel park.

Auto Trader also mentions that the Canyon is especially quiet for a diesel: “There is a thick blanket of insulation under the hood, and GM has added damping materials to the valve covers and oil pan. […] You can tell that it’s a diesel at idle and while accelerating, but during steady in-town or highway driving the engine is nearly silent.” Additionally, GMC has used an inlaid door design with triple seals. Noise is a factor that mars the driving experience in many diesel vehicles. But, because the Canyon is billed as the first smart-sized luxury pickup, ensuring peace and quiet is vital. And the fact that GMC has managed to do it with a diesel engine is all the more impressive.

More than Diesel

To further the Canyon’s signature luxury, GMC have included a number of first-class features. Those features include projector-beam headlamps with signature LEDs, CornerStep rear bumper, and the available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Of course, there are countless other features that set the Canyon apart. You can check them out for yourself, but the most important thing is to know the Canyon is unmatched among urban trucks that pack functionality when you need it.

But Auto Trader puts it best. They conclude that the Canyon “is a bit of a surprise. It’s a smaller truck that can do almost everything the big ones can. It can haul, it can tow, it can go off-road, and it can take five people to get a double-double.” And, if we’re being honest, that last point is probably the most important for Canadian pickup drivers. You can check out more of the 2017 Canyon’s features by following the link below.

The CTS Talks

But not like K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication is now a standard feature in the Cadillac CTS.

V2V communication will be available on the new CTS.

What is V2V?

V2V is wireless communication between vehicles on the road. Dedicated, Short-Range Communication (DSRC) and GPS. DSRC is something like the near field communication used in modern smartphones. Basically, cars with V2V technology can inform one another of their respective positioning as well as obstacles, road conditions, et cetera. Despite the lazy “2” in the acronym, V2V can theoretically connect many more vehicles simultaneously. The implication is that we’ll soon see roads populated by vehicles that can “see” one another through darkness, fog, buildings, and around corners.

The V2V hardware in the CTS can processes 1,000 inputs per second. And, it has a communicative range of 300 metres. Further, the technology doesn’t rely on cell coverage, so don’t expect any “outages.” Currently, V2V is far from standards. Many automakers don’t even offer vehicle-to-vehicle communication as an available feature. So, the fact that Cadillac is making the feature standard in the CTS right now is pretty impressive.

How Soon Is Now?

Cadillac isn’t even waiting until the next model year. V2V will be available in 2017 CTS interim models currently being produced. Seemingly, it’s all part of Cadillac’s efforts to lead the industry through technology, design, and innovation. Per Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director of Product Strategy, the move is on par with some of the brands other “firsts:” “From the introduction of airbags, to the debut of OnStar, Cadillac continues its heritage of pioneering safety and connectivity advances.”

What Else?

But it’s not like the CTS needed any modernization. Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist and Rear Vision Camera with dynamic guidelines are already standard features. These tools can be complemented with a suite of available safety technology. Surround Vision’s four cameras give the driver a bird’s-eye view of their vehicle. Forward Collision Alert uses camera technology to warn of forward vehicles approaching too quickly. Its warnings are visual, audible, and tactile, through the Safety Alert Seat. Other safety technology available in the CTS includes:

  • Lane Change Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert 

To see the first-class standard features in the CTS for yourself, visit Capital Cadillac today. Or, browse our inventory now.

One Million Denalis Sold

GMC recently announced that they’ve sold one million Denalis. The number is made all the more impressive by the fact it took the company less than 20 years to do it.

One million Denalis have been sold since 1997.

One Million Denalis

The Denali trim is available on the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, Sierra, and Sierra HD. Your comfort is guaranteed in leather-appointed, heated front seats with French-stitched details. Outside, LED lighting arrays guide the way, bolstered by chrome accents and aluminum wheels. Inside, 4G LTE, and automatic liftgates create a refined driving experience. The latest comprehensive safety suite completes the Denali experience. That includes Following Distance indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and more.

More than Professional Grade

At the North American International Auto Show in 1997, GMC showed off a new concept, the Yukon Denali. At the time, sturdy and practical performance vehicles dominated the SUV market. An SUV was an unattractive option, similar to the minivan. But GMC flipped that stereotype over. Among other upgrades, it introduced a new front clip and polished chrome wheels. Per Rich Latek, marketing director for GMC, Denali forced the company “to commit to excellence; commit to perfecting every last detail from start to finish – but the result; the longevity and success of the Denali line, more than speaks for itself.”

The positive reception from the NAIAS crowd prompted GMC to introduce the Yukon Denali to full production the following year. With its success, GMC continued to expand the lineup. The Sierra 1500 was the second to receive the Denali treatment, followed by the envoy, Sierra HD, and Terrain. With six vehicles now in the Denali stable, driver’s with a wide range of performance needs can get the same high standard of craftsmanship and design. Even as the GMC lineup adapts to the quickly evolving automotive landscape, it seems that Denali will remain a fixture.

Dare Greatly at Capital Cadillac

“The past is just that, past,” says the first slide on Cadillac’s Dare Greatly website. But they haven’t left the past behind.

Dare greatly at Capital Cadillac

Dare Greatly

Cadillac certainly do look to the past, but only at the spirit of innovation and forward-thinking that made them North America’s premiere automaker. From the invention of the electric starter in 1912 (which replaced hand cranks) to the first inclusion of GPS in 1996, Cadillac have a list of remarkable “firsts.” Those past achievements clearly set the bar high for the future of the company. But Cadillac is undoubtedly still taking risks in the pursuit of more industry firsts.

Super Cruise

Take the Super Cruise feature available later this year as an example. Super Cruise will allow the driver to take her hands off the wheel while on the highway. The system “ does full-speed range adaptive cruise control and lane centering, using cameras and other sensors to automatically steer and brake.” Super Cruise isn’t fully autonomous, though. When approaching turns, the system will alert the driver to retake control of their vehicle. Facial and eye tracking will both be used to ensure the driver remains attentive, ready to resume control should circumstances necessitate it. This will be added to the existing suite of autonomous and safety technology in the Cadillac lineup.

It’s not yet clear which vehicles Super Cruise will be added to, but there are few likely candidates. The CTS just added Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication. And the CT6 already has Cadillac’s most impressive array of technology. Nightvision, for example, uses radar and infrared sensors to identify pedestrians, animals, and obstacles in the dark and alerts the driver. Automatic parking and front pedestrian braking are also available as well as the 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system with speaker mounted in the headrests. But it isn’t only the top end of Cadillac’s lineup that is benefitting from the company’s new/old ethos.

The Cadillac ATS

Consider the Cadillac ATS. With a standard 2.0L, 272-horsepower engine, and an available 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower, the ATS is built to perform. The Auto Stop/Start technology in the engine is the invisible. In the competitor’s vehicles, you can feel the engine sag at red lights and shudder back to life when it turns green. Not in the ATS. Its components are working, even when they’re switched off. But to understand it only as a performance sedan, is to ignore its nuanced design.

No piece of the ATS arrests your immersion. You feel the steering wheel, the seat, and the road simultaneously. But you don’t feel anything you shouldn’t. Noticeable care has gone into the hand cut and sewn interior, and it pays off. There’s no neck craning or soreness after long drives. For technology, the ATS comes with Available Adaptive Forward Lighting and Park Assist, and standard Bose audio with Active Noise Cancellation. In short, the ATS is a great vehicle, one that admirably shoulders the the Dare Greatly challenge.

With daring at the heart of Cadillac’s design and manufacturing, the future is more exciting than ever. There is no discernible desire to rest on the achievements of the past. Instead, the company will keep pushing the envelope, leading drivers, and the industry as a whole, forward. To learn more about the 2017 Cadillac lineup, and the Dare Greatly campaign visit the link below.