The highest peak of professional grade just stretched a little higher with the 2018 Yukon Denali.
The 2018 Yukon Denali
The GMC Yukon stands atop GMC’s SUV lineup. It’s a category in which practicality and power are essential. But, increasingly, luxury is too. In fact, more than half of Yukons sold are in the Denali trim level – GMC’s highest trim.
The 2018 Yukon Denali features a defining new grille design. Alternating thin and thick slats replace the square mesh design of previous models. Matt Noone, director of Exterior Design, says, “The new grille, which is flanked by HID headlamps and LED Signature Lighting, advances the design legacy established with the very first Yukon Denali in 1999.” The grille is also made smarter by the inclusion of automatic shutters that close at speed to reduce drag and increase aerodynamics.
However, you shouldn’t get the impression that power and practicality aren’t on show in the new Yukon. A 6.2L V8 engine, capable of 420 horsepower, is standard. Active Fuel Management is standard, too. The system switches from eight to four-cylinder operation automatically when performance demands are lower. Obviously, this improves fuel efficiency greatly. Additionally, the 2018 Yukon Denali will include a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission which was developed in conjunction with Ford. Standard wheels are 20”, but there are also available 22” wheels.
In modern vehicles, luxury is synonymous with technology. The 8” diagonal GMC Infotainment system includes navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. With smartphone integration you can manage phone calls, messages, and media with voice controls. And, with wireless device charging, you can simply set your phone on the charging mat to replenish the battery. The 2018 Yukon Denali’s driver information cluster also offers a head-up display, so you project dynamic information onto the windshield of your Yukon.
More standard and available features include:
- StabiliTrak, trailer sway control, and hill start assist
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Standard, five-year OnStar Basic Plan with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
- Heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats, heated second-row seats
- Hands-free programmable power liftgate
The 2018 GMC Yukon will be available for purchase this fall.