GMC’s Yukon, especially in the premium Denali trim, is a very interesting offer among General Motors’ roster of body-on-frame sport utility vehicles, being close in panache to the Cadillac Escalade but without the added bling.
The automaker is using the GMC Yukon as a bridge between the family-oriented Chevrolet Tahoe and star of the show Cadillac Escalade, but with some optional goodies fitted to the Denali the price surges to Escalade-comparable levels. GMC is now looking to make the offer more enticing by updating the 2018 model year Yukon with a new grille, additional interior trim, and a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.
“The new grille, which is flanked by HID headlamps and LED Signature Lighting, is a more exciting and sophisticated design, while remaining instantly recognizable as part of the GMC Denali family,” comments GMC Global Exterior Design Director Matt Noone. The new grille is an evolution of the current design borrowing cues from the Acadia and Terrain – and also brings active aero shutters. The cabin will be granted a new Mastique Ash wood trim and GMC adds the new 10-speed automatic with improved efficiency – in a bid to make the huge 6.2-liter V8 packing 420 horsepower just a tad greener.