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2015 GMC Yukon Denali Overview
Yep, the posh full-size body-on-frame SUV still lives in luxury-laden behemoths like GMC’s redone 2015 Yukon Denali. This top-shelf iteration of Jimmy’s popular SUV again totes 7 passengers in comparative luxury and is expected to debut in the spring of 2014 touting a number of exterior changes. Adorning the next-gen profile is the signature chrome grille that’s set off by a full-width bumper, as well as sides and fenders that have been reshaped into today’s more aerodynamic look. The liberal use of aluminum in the hood and liftgate panels, meantime, helps this hefty hauler shed at least a marginal amount of extra weight.
The single Yukon Denali trim remains complemented by the stretched-out Yukon XL Denali sub-trim, while a bunch of new features distinguish the re-designed 2015 Yukon Denali from its so-last-gen kinfolk. Said upgraded features include a new 8-inch touchscreen, plusher upholstery and cabin accents and, finally, a third-row seat that folds into the floor instead of necessitating the awkward and frustrating task of removing it for added cargo-toting space. This latter improvement also has the benefit of increasing second-row legroom by a couple of inches, but be aware that total cargo area is reduced from 109 cubic feet to 94.7 cubic feet in the standard-length Denali and from 137.4 cubic feet to 121.1 cubic feet in the garage-challenging Yukon XL Denali. Oh, and the XL Denali version boasts 222.4 inches of overall length with a 130-inch wheelbase, as opposed to the standard-length Yukon Denali’s 202 inches and 116 inches, respectively.
Powering this soon-to-be released sport ute is a tweaked version of the 6.2-liter V8 engine that’ll boast direct injection (DI) for some significantly added oomph and cylinder shutdown at highway speeds for some extra mileage. Mated again with the competent 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission of yore, this up-powered V8 now pumps out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of some 14% over last year’s variation. Of course, rear-wheel drive is still standard, but again, full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) is an option for those who have to deal with wintry conditions. Mileage figures, alas, are not yet available, nor are expected towing capacities for this flagship Yukon trim.
Anyhow, in keeping with the legendary Denali exterior posh, the 2015 Yukon Denali, in both standard and stretched variations, is slated to remain endowed with 20-inch alloy wheels, step running boards, a power liftgate, a roof rack, a trailer hitch and wiring, and heated power-adjustable reverse-tilt mirrors. Inside, look for that upgraded premium leather upholstery, as well as heated power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, reclining second-row bucket seats, full power accessories, memory for driver's settings and a plethora of upgraded, Denali-specific cabin accents.
Cruise control and tilt-wheel steering return for 2015, as do power-adjustable pedals, a remote garage door opener, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors, all bolstered by standard Bluetooth-complemented OnStar Directions and Connections technology. Also, tri-zone climate control remains standard for 2015, along with a single-CD player flaunting 10 Bose premium Surround Sound speakers, satellite radio and upgraded IntelliLink smartphone apps, all interfaced via the aforementioned updated configurable 8-inch color display.
Options, meanwhile, are scheduled to include up-styled 22-inch wheels, upgraded exterior trim pieces, a hard-drive-based navigation system, improved rear-seat DVD entertainment, a power sunroof and heated second-row captain’s chairs. Additionally, an available new cargo-management system is also expected to be introduced for this next-gen Yukon Denali.
Standard safety equipment should include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS) with traction and stability control, while the returning front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags will be bolstered by a brand-new center airbag between the driver and front passenger. Meantime, look for daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights and a remote antitheft alarm to be complemented in 2015 by standard blind-spot and lane-departure warnings and optional active cruise control with forward-collision warnings.
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