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More than Just a Badge and Cheese Grater Grille
What should you do if a regular Tahoe isn’t enough, but the Cadillac Escalade is a bit over the top?
The answer is the in-between GMC Yukon Denali. With more power and luxury than regular Yukons, the Denali is for those who want to treat themselves to a nicer truck without going full-hog into the flashy Escalade.
See Also: 2015 GMC Yukon XL Review
According to GM, the average age of a full-size SUV still on the road today is 11 years. That is as much of a testament to the longevity of these big ‘utes as it is to how much people love them. So it is understandable that GMC didn’t exactly go wild this year when re-thinking the Yukon Denali. This SUV is a complete redesign from the ground-up, but it will be wholly familiar to current customers. Here are five main areas GMC has improved the 2015 Denali compared to last year’s model.
General Motors might offer off-road versions of the next-generation SUVs unveiled earlier this month.
When it comes to full size SUVs, General Motors has the segment locked down.
General Motors will debut its next generation of full-sized SUVs during the State Fair of Texas, which starts September 27 in Dallas.
Time topples regimes, ends companies and kills men. A lot can happen in a century, yet that much has passed since the first GMC truck debuted in New York.
In light of that, the automaker decided to debut a commemorative package that includes the Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra trucks and SUVs. Bearing commemorative exterior badges, these special edition vehicles will debut next week at the New York Auto Show.
Of course, nothing is changed mechanically for any of them, but a few premium interior features and an ebony and light tan interior add to aesthetic appeal.
Still, the vehicles themselves aren’t even radically different from a luxury perspective. The Heritage Edition package is an option for SLT trim Yukons ($1,970) and Sierras ($2,645).
For that money you get embroidered floor matts, headrests and 20-inch chrome wheels, though those cost extra on the pickup truck. Other items include a rear view camera for the Yukon and 10-way leather memory seats for the Sierra.
GALLERY: GMC Heritage Edition package
General Motors has done a commendable job differentiating GMC and Chevrolet even though they share many of the same designs. As proof, one could compare the Terrain to the Equinox or the Acadia to the Traverse and see they share the same underpinnings yet each has a distinctive look.
Mark Reuss, GM President in North America explains that GM’s two-branded approach to trucks needs to be better executed in the future. One way to further differentiate GMC is to head farther upscale with its Denali trim range. ”I think we can do premium Chevrolets, and take GMC and move it even further up,” says Reuss. If GMC were to implement the Denali trim level to increase luxury sales, the brand would have to incorporate the badging on many more vehicle models. The Denali level trim is only available to the Sierra, Yukon, and the Acadia.
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]
Silverado, Tahoe, Sierra and Yukon now offered in more efficient Xtra Fuel Economy packages
In a move to keep up with the high price of fuel, as well as deal with environmental concerns, GM has developed new XFE-models of some of its most popular trucks. The Xtra Fuel Economy (XFE) package will be offered on the 2009 Silverado, Tahoe, Sierra and Yukon trucks.
The significant alterations to the trucks, in terms of their mechanical makeup, weight and aerodynamics result in an EPA-estimated five percent increase in highway fuel economy and a more than seven percent increase in city fuel economy.
The trucks now achieve a 15/21 (city/highway) rating compared to the 14/20 rating for non-XFE models.
Importantly, the XFE models do not get a reduction in power. The XFE package is available on 2WD models equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8 with the six-speed transmission. On Silverado and Sierra models, the six-speed transmission gets a high-capacity cooling package to deliver a 7,000 lb towing capacity – up from the standard model’s 6,600-lb towing capacity. All XFE models come quipped with a fuel-saving 3.08 rear axle.
Other factors for the improved fuel-economy include lightweight wheels with low rolling resistance tires, lighter suspension components and improved aerodynamics.
A full list of all the unique XFE features is listed after the jump: