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2018 GMC Yukon Denali Adds Gears, New Grille

2018 GMC Yukon Denali Adds Gears, New Grille

It’s long been speculated that General Motors would update its 2018 full-size SUV lineup and now we have confirmation. GMC is announcing the 2018 Yukon Denali, which will feature a couple more gears in the transmission and some small styling changes to keep things fresh.

A quick glance at the GMC Acadia Denali and 2018 Terrain Denali showcases a new three-dimensional grille design. GMC has decided to carry this new Denali detail to the Yukon Denali lineup for 2018 to keep a cohesive family look. Not only is the new grille a bit larger, but it also increases airflow and features active aero shutters to assist with aerodynamics at high speed.

Inside GMC has swapped out Yukon Denali’s wood trim for a new Mastique Ash real wood trim. Aside from this detail, no further changes have been made inside.

Perhaps the biggest story with the 2018 Yukon Denali is that its 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 is now paired to a new 10-speed automatic. The new transmission yields a net increase of two gears over today’s eight-speed unit and is the one that launched in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. With a wider gear ratio spread, the added gears are going to add efficiency to the Yukon Denali. Thus far GMC has not disclosed if it anticipates increases in its EPA fuel economy ratings due to the transmission.

Of course, Yukon Denali is keeping to tradition by maintaining a long list of standard features for 2018. Goodies such as Magnetic Ride Control, WiFi hotspot and functionality for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all in tow.

Given that well over half of all Yukon’s sold carry the Denali badge, it comes as no surprise GMC wants to put its best face (pun intended) forward on its large SUV line. The slightly updated 2018 Yukon Denali will go on sale this fall.


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  1. Andrew_L
    So this is getting it before the Escalade?
    The updates are good and to me those wheels look like it's already been to the aftermarket shop.
    I wish GM was rolling out the 10-speed as fast as Ford. Lots of good reviews on this transmission.
    New trans, new grill, new interior woodgrain. Not bad updates, but those wheels are ugly.
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