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Elevated Style & Refinement: 2018 GMC Yukon Denali SUV



GMC is elevating the 2018 Yukon Denali lineup with a number of styling and mechanical enhancements. The Denali trim accounts for well more than half of all Yukon sales. It is offered in Yukon and Yukon XL models, with the XL featuring a 14-inch-longer wheelbase (20 inches longer overall), for increased third-row legroom and more than double the cargo room behind the third-row seat.
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GMC designers evolved the iconic Denali grille with a multidimensional, sculpted interpretation that, like other contemporary GMC elements, was designed in a layered manner. It’s a theme seen in other new GMC models such as the Acadia and Terrain. In addition to a more sophisticated appearance, the new grille offers greater airflow to the radiator. Active aero shutters behind the grille close in certain conditions on the highway to reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance efficiency.

Power for the Yukon Denali models is generated by the standard 6.2L V-8 engine. Torque is communicated to the pavement through an all-new Hydra-Matic ten-speed transmission. A wider, 7.39 overall gear ratio spread, compared to the previous eight-speed automatic, enables a lower numerical top gear ratio and contributes to greater efficiency. The new transmission’s optimized gearing and proprietary controls allow the Denali V-8 engine to deliver a winning combination smooth operation and aggressive response.

Inside the passenger cabin, new Mastique Ash real wood trim adds depth and richness to the interior. The eight-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment system with Navigation includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The interior also features multiple USB ports and accessory power outlets including a 110-volt three-prong outlet to support electronic devices. The automaker’s OnStar Basic Plan is standard for five years and includes access to an in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and select features via the myGMC mobile app.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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