Even the king of SUVs, the GMC Yukon Denali, needs upgrading now and then. Now is one of those times. The model is receiving a facelift for 2018 that includes a new transmission and distinguishing grille.
If you’re out of the loop, Denali is a trim level GMC uses to distinguish the fanciest trim level on its different models. In the case of the Yukon, it’s available on both the standard and XL models.
Despite the Denali’s high rolling price, more than half of all of its sales are in this trim. Meaning, this upgrade is a big deal for Yukon fans everywhere. The most noticeable visual update is the new multi-dimensional grille that’s quite mesmerizing with buckets of chrome. It’s flanked by HID and LED lamps in their standard boxy Yukon shape.
Aside from looking good, the grille also improves the airflow and engine cooling. Active shutters in it also adjust the air intake to improve aerodynamic flow at highway speed.
The rest of the interior mirrors the new grille with tons and tons of chrome. It outlines the windows, lights, roof bars, side door accenting, and badging. The tires, of course, are also chrome and a standard 20-inch size with the option to upgrade to 22-inches.
Inside GMC is going for a more richness and depth with real Mastique Ash wood.
One thing that doesn’t change is the Yukon’s 6.2-liter V-8, good for 420-horsepower. However, it’s more efficient thanks to an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. Its ratio is wider than the 8-speed it’s replacing.
The 2018 Yukon Denali arrives in the fall.
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