GMC has unveiled an even more premium Yukon Denali package for those who don’t find the regular Denali good enough, appropriately calling it the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.
So, what exactly do you get? For starters, all the options available on the Yukon Denali black-painted 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, a polished exhaust tip, chrome mirror caps and Onyx Black exterior paint.
The Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition also comes with the Open Road Package, which consists of a power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, Sirius XM and NavTraffic, Power-Retractable Assist Steps and the Enhanced Security Package.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking is standard safety ware, and power is provided by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs, stated:
“The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level. The Ultimate Black Edition provides our customers seeking the ultimate in performance and refinement with an opportunity to express themselves with a new and unique style.”
If you think it’s pointless for General Motors to have he Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition, think again. The company sells tons of Denali-badged models every year and makes a lot money doing so. In fact, don’t be surprised to hear a Hyper Ultimate Black Edition announced some time int he future.
New GMC Sierra Is A Lot More Different Than Chevy Silverado
The days of the GMC Sierra being a near carbon copy of the Chevrolet Silverdo are over.
When the new, fifth-generation GMC Sierra goes on sale, it will be a lot more different from the Silverado than any of its predecessors have been, featuring a more distinct body and interior across the entire model lineup.
The exterior will retain the Silverado’s overall shape and proportions but feature a bigger, bolder grille, GMC-specific lights on both ends, and a redesigned tailgate, among other unique touches, while the interior better reinforces the Sierra’s more upscale positioning.
It will be identical to the Silverado structurally and mechanically, though, meaning a longer, bigger and roomier cab and bed, as well as 450 lbs less weight thanks to the use of more high-strength steel and aluminum. Expect goodies like the Chevy’s power-open tailgate and other new tech and convenience features.
Powertrains will also to be the same — 5.3 and 6.2-liter V8s with dynamic fuel management and a 3.0-liter diesel inline six, all mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new, 2019 GMC Sierra debuts on March 1, 2018. Stayed tuned to FbaPPs for our full coverage.
GMC Getting Small SUV Below Terrain Crossover?
GMC may be getting another SUV, one smaller than the Terrain compact crossover.
The SUV segment is still booming, and GMC is lacking a small crossover. Considering the Terrain shares platforms with the Chevrolet Equinox, it stands to reason that GMC’s new CUV will be based on the same platform as the smaller Chevy Trax.
In an interview with , Buick and GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred stated:
“To me, there is more room for SUVs in the GMC stable. An obvious place for GMC to be if it expands is that small SUV segment.”
The executive didn’t provide any other details but revealed that the model wouldn’t rival the Jeep Wrangler. In fact, he shot down any ideas of GMC going after the iconic off-roader:
“I don’t think it’s worth trying to take on Wrangler. But I think there’s an opportunity somewhere in that space.”
All-New, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Improves in Every Way as Family Vehicle
General Motors unveiled the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse at the North American International Auto Show, and it’s a great upgrade over the first-generation model in virtually every way imaginable.
Starting off with design, the new Traverse looks more like an SUV than its minivan-esque predecessor, featuring slightly boxier proportions reminiscent of the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. It’s a very attractive vehicle that doesn’t try too hard to be attractive.
The more practical shape combined with a longer wheelbase of course means more passenger volume, third-row legroom and cargo room.
Speaking of passengers, the cabin of the second-generation looks and feels more premium and boasts a slew of available new connectivity technologies that include 7- and 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, an OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, a bevy of USB charging ports, and Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature.
The naturally-aspirated, 3.6-liter V6 of the previous Traverse has been significantly upgraded to now produce an estimated 305 horsepower, up from 281 ponies. Buyers also have the option of a new Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 255 horses and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, more than the V6’s 260 lb.-ft.
Both engines are mated to a Hydra-Matic nine speed transmission and feature fuel-saving stop/start technology. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an available option and can be equipped with twin-clutch technology that optimizes traction in all conditions such as snow and ice.
On the safety front, the Traverse is a lot safer than before, thanks to a host of safety features that include automatic emergency braking, a surround vision system, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, and lane-keeping assist.
As with the Chevrolet Malibu, GM even saw it fit to add the Teen Driver function as part of the package, allowing parents to set certain controls and performance limits to the Traverse when their teenage children take it for a spin.
The 2018 model year introduces two new trim levels: A blacked-out RS edition with a dark chrome grille, black chevy logo and unique 20-inch wheels, and a luxury-oriented High Country edition with such premium highlights as Loft Brown leather upholstery and just about every optional feature on offer.
Sales of the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse begin in fall 2017. Are you happy with the end result? Will you consider it as your next family vehicle? Share your impressions in the comments below.