In March, we spotted a curious GMC Yukon with strategically placed camouflage pieces on the exterior. Now, the camo is gone and we have the full reveal on the 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate – the new flagship for the Yukon full-size SUV family.
With a name like Ultimate, this SUV is expected to come up with nine styles. GMC did not disappoint, equipping the Yukon Denali with exclusive trim both inside and out. You’ll find new dark chrome accents on the front fascia, bright chrome on the windows, more chrome on the lower door panels, and the Ultimate 22-inch special seven-spoke alloy wheels sporting a mix of chrome and dark paint.
A keen eye will catch this exterior upgrade, but the real difference is found on the inside. Full-grain leather in brown called Alpine Umber covers all three rows of seats. Up front, the driver and passenger enjoy a 16-way power seat with massage function. Contrast stitching with Ultimate branding further enhances the seats, and there’s more brown in the wood grain trim in various locations. It contrasts with the aluminum trim, and of course there is an upgraded stereo. An 18-speaker Bose system is installed, including speakers integrated into the front headrests.
On the tech side, Denali Ultimate is the first Yukon to get the Super Cruise ability. This version of the driver assistance system includes an automatic lane change function and hands-free on-road towing of compatible trailers. The 10.2-inch center infotainment screen has Google built-in, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also featured as standard equipment. Amazon Alexa is available, and WiFi Hotspot capability is also an option.
For power and performance, the Yukon Denali Ultimate doesn’t offer anything new. Buyers can choose between a standard edition 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower (313 kilowatts), or a turbocharged 3.0-liter Duramax diesel with 277 hp (207 kW) and 460 pound-feet (624 Newton-meters) of torque. Power is sent to the ground via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Magnetic Ride Control, Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and 4WD are all standard.
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GMC does not offer pricing for the Yukon Denali Ultimate; which should be available closer to the SUV’s sales date. In comparison, the Yukon Denali 2022 retails for over $70,000 with 2WD and diesel engine. It will reach dealers in the fall of 2022, going on sale for the 2023 model year.