The all-new 2021 GMC Yukon has arrived, dropping cover this week in a special media event in Vail, Colorado. The next-gen full-size SUV was revealed in two trim levels, including the new off-road-ready GMC Yukon AT4, as well as the plush and luxurious GMC Yukon Denali. Now, we’re taking a closer look at what the Denali trim has to offer compared to the rest of the lineup.
Like the other of 2021 Yukon models, the latest GMC Yukon Denali features fresh exterior styling. The new look is complemented by the Denali’s characteristic Galvano chrome grille, which is now bigger and more intricately designed than before. There’s also a ton of chrome found elsewhere in the body, which stands in contrast to the AT4’s darker accents. In the corners, we find the Denali offers optional 22-inch wheels.
The new Denali also comes with advanced lighting technology, such as C-shaped front lighting signatures with LED daytime running lamps. LEDs are also used for the headlamps, tail lamps, and fog lamps.
One of the most noteworthy differences between the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali and the rest of the lineup is the range-topper’s exclusive interior design. As we covered previously in an exclusive story, the Denali comes equipped with a central infotainment screen that’s integrated directly with the dash, as opposed to the stand-up screen found elsewhere in the lineup.
The new GMC Yukon Denali also boasts unique seats, plus four unique interior color themes. Upscale materials are used throughout, such as authentic wood trim, as well as leather surfaces which are cut and stitched by hand in a unique, Denali-specific pattern. Up top, the Denali is offered with panoramic sun roof.
On the tech front, the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali Tech offers a High Definition Surround Vision camera, 15-inch diagonal multicolor Head-up Display, and Rear Pedestrian Alert. The new Power Sliding Center Console is also on offer, providing additional storage in the cabin.
As for the greasy bits, the Denali is equipped as standard with the naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which is tuned to produce 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the rest of the line gets the naturally aspirated 5.3L L84 V8 as standard.
The new GMC Yukon Denali also offers fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control and Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, not to mention the new Active Response 4WD System.
GMC says 60 percent of Yukon buyers opt for the Denali trim level, so it makes sense that GMC went all out on the tech and premium touches with the overhauled 2021 GMC Yukon Denali. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more GMC Yukon news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.