GMC just released some new images of their upcoming 2018 GMC Yukon Denali. The refreshed new model should hit the showrooms by this fall, when it will arrive with styling and trim improvements as well as a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission. So if you are looking for a robust full-size SUV with a bit of luxury, the Yukon Denali should do the job.
For the 2018 model year, GMC is giving the Yukon Denali a comprehensive exterior update, but from what we can tell from the new images that were released, the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali will retain its understated design that with more sensibilities will certainly appreciate. From the front, the new Denali will sport a sculpted grille that will allow more airflow to the radiator. Moreover, active aero shutters that are located behind the grille close when they sense certain conditions on the highway and therefore reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance efficiency.
We dint’t get any shots of the interior, but GMC says the new 2018 GMC Yukon Denali will come with a new optional real wood trim. There will also be a choice between the standard sized cabin and the extra-roomy XL size. The XL size adds approximately 14 inches to the wheelbase, bringing it to a total of 20 inches. GMC didn’t release any other interior details, but we expect further advancements and updates from the high-tech side of the spectrum.
Engine and Poertrain
In terms of powertrain, the new model will feature the same 6.2-liter V8 engine that has an output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. GMC decided to also keep the cylinder-deactivation system in order to enhance efficiency. The 10-speed automatic transmission is the only thing that is new, GM developed it in collaboration with Ford. Before it makes is way into the new Yukon Denali, you will be able to find the new 10-speed inside some of GM’s other full-size SUVs, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 10-speed auto will further improve the Yukon Denali’s efficiency thanks to a wider gear ratio spread that in turn enables a lower top gear ratio. There is also some specific tuning that reportedly results in improved smoothness and response times.
2018 GMC Yukon Denali Release Date and Price
The brand new 2018 GMC Yukon Denali is set to arrive to the showrooms this fall, with the exact date to be announced shortly. The outgoing model is currently starting at $65,000 , so we are expecting a similar starting amount for the 2018 model, even though the pricing info is yet to be announced.