For the 2023 model year, the GMC Yukon receives the Denali Ultimate treatment, which has already been applied to the GMC Sierra 1500 and will be introduced on the refreshed 2024 GMC Sierra HD. When furnished in this new range-topping trim level, the 2023 GMC Yukon and the two pickup trucks feature the distinctive Vader Chrome accenting. However, the “regular” Yukon Denali features Galvano Chrome accenting. To help distinguish the differences between these exterior accents, here’s a quick breakdown.
Besides being exclusive to separate trim levels, the two chrome exterior accents have several other differences. Galvano Chrome is more silver-colored, while Vader Chrome has a much darker, graphite-like hue.
As far as the extent to which the Big Red SUV is covered in these exterior accents, the Yukon Denali features Galvano Chrome accenting on the grille surround, the front bumper, around the fog lamp bezels, on the faux front fender air vent, and the lower bodyside moldings. Meanwhile, the Yukon Denali Ultimate features Vader Chrome accenting on the grille surround, the front bumper, around the fog lamp bezels, on the faux front fender air vent, and the lower bodyside moldings. Additionally, the Denali Ultimate receives Dark Chrome GMC badging, while the Denali gets the classic red GMC badging.
For those who missed it, the Yukon Denali Ultimate is all-new for the 2023 model year. In a similar fashion to Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD Denali Ultimate trucks, the Yukon range-topper receives the aforementioned Vader Chrome exterior accent treatment and a unique Alpine Umber full-grain leather upholstery appointment. In the powertrain department, the new-for-Yukon trim level is standard with the naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 gasoline engine, rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, mated to a GM 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift. In addition, the 3.0L LM2 I6 turbodiesel Duramax engine, which is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, is also available.