The 2018 Yukon Denali sports a new, sculpted grille, much like the Terrain and Acadia Denali. The layered elements present are said to be a GMC design motif moving forward.
“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,” said Matt Noone, director, Global GMC Exterior Design. “It’s a more exciting and sophisticated design, while remaining instantly recognizable as part of the GMC Denali family.”
It’s not just a pretty face, though. The new grille also offers greater airflow to the radiator. Active aero shutters are also present behind the new grille to help reduce drag during highway driving.
Underneath the skin is the same 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 420 horsepower. However, the 2018 Yukon Denali now receives GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. The wider gear ratio spread helps improve efficiency, per GMC, and provides more “aggressive” acceleration response.
But it wouldn’t be a Denali will a little bit of bling. The 2018 GMC Yukon Denali receives standard 20-inch wheels, though 22-inch wheels are optional, and a new Mastique Ash interior trim brings real wood to the cabin. Additional features include an 8-inch touchscreen display, heated and ventilated front seats, Magnetic Ride Control, hands-free liftgate and more.
The Yukon Denali will remain available in both Yukon and Yukon XL body styles, the latter is 20-inches longer overall. Look for GMC’s revamped luxury SUV to reach dealerships this fall.