The all-new 2021 GMC Yukon debuted in January with a complete ground-up overhaul, including not only new technology, a new cabin, and a long list of fresh features, but a new exterior design as well. Now, we’re getting our first look at the mid-range 2021 Yukon SLT, comparing it against the range-topping Denali trim level in terms of styling features.
To help illustrate the differences between these two trims, we’ve pulled configurator images of both in Summit White paint.
Let’s start in front, where we find the grille treatment helps to set these two trims apart. Whereas the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali gets a polished mesh grille, the 2021 Yukon SLT gets broader slats for its insert. Both trims come standard with C-shaped LED lighting signatures for the headlamps, as well as standard LED fog lamps with a vertical orientation in the lower corners. Silver trim bits help to offset the various styling elements. Both trims also come with Rainsense Windshield Wipers.
The profile view also reveals that the 2021 Yukon Denali gets Outside Heated, Power-Folding Adjustable Mirrors as standard, whereas the 2021 Yukon SLT offers the feature as an available option. The badging on the lower portion of the doors also differs, with the Denali receiving “Denali” badging with polished lettering, and the SLT receiving “Yukon” badging with polished lettering. The lower styling line is done in a slightly darker hue.
Both models get silver roof rails and DLO (daylight opening) treatments. Black Assist Steps with Gloss-Black inserts are standard for both models, while the Denali is offered with Power-Retractable Assist Steps with Perimeter Lighting.
The wheel design also differs, with the 2021 Yukon Denali standard with 20-inch six-spoke Multidimensional Polished Aluminum Wheels, and the 2021 Yukon SLT standard with 20-inch six-spoke Polished Aluminum Wheels. The Denali is also offered with available 22-inch Bright Machined Aluminum Wheels with Premium Paint.
Finally, the rear end on the 2021 Yukon SLT gets a tucked-under exhaust treatment, whereas the 2021 Yukon Denali gets quad polished exhaust tips. The badging on the tail gate also differs, although both get polished trim bits with red GMC lettering and a roof spoiler mounted to the top of the hatch. Both also get C-shaped LED lighting signatures for the tail lamps.