2019 GMC Denali nameplate is used by GMC on its top-of-the-line trucks and SUVs in the range. The GMC Denali 2019 XT is a draft bakkie that was released on February 2, 2008, and manufactured by GMC. GMC Denali was first shown at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. Vehicles with the Denali trim option carry list prices up to 47% higher than regular models.
The nameplate of Denali is often used as an insignia or status symbol and is especially popular as a cheaper alternative to the Cadillac Escalade. The Yukon Denali line typically represents 40% of Yukon sales in both units and dollars. It sells over 75,558 Denali branded units, which accounted for 20% of GMC’s sales. This makes it one of GM’s most successful sub-brands, all without any advertising or promotion.
2019 GMC Denali Design
The Denali nameplate started as the top-of-the-line version of the GMC Yukon for the 1999 model year. It was also GM’s first attempt to sell after-sales of the Lincoln Navigator in 1998. At the time of its launch, General Motors decided to give Cadillac its own luxury SUV so that the Denali’s outside was shared with the 1999 Cadillac Escalade, with only the front fascia and bottom of the body panel that differs from the standard Yukon.
Although the Yukon was redesigned alongside the Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe in 2000, the Denali, Escalade and Tahoe Limited / Z71 retained their basic 1990s design. The “Denali” moniker derives from the name of the traditional indigenous name of the highest mountain in North America and is also the name of the national park surrounding the mountain as well as a state park.
2019 GMC Denali Features
These standard features include upgraded Nuance leather interiors, drivers and passengers 6-way seats with powerbomb support, front and rear heated seats, a Bose 7 speaker sound system, an in-dash box, single CD player and an in-console 6-CD CD changer. Zebrano woodgrain accent decorates the front doors and middle console. The front and back doors have unique “Yukon Denali” stitching in the panels.
2019 GMC Denali Engine
2019 GMC Denali comes with, the 350 cubic inches 5.7 liter 255 horsepower (L31) V8 was the only engine being offered. RPO ZM9 was standard, including Bilstein 46mm shock absorber and 3.73 front and rear axle ratios as well as a closing rear differential. Separate radiators for transmission and engine oil were also standard. The Denali upgrade also included GM’s automatic transmission, which is allowed for 2-wheel high-to-4-wheel up to 4-wheel low-pressure switchgear or full automatic shifting from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive.
2019 GMC Denali XT Concept
The GMC Denali XT is a draft hybrid bakkie with unibody design using the Zeta platform. This includes 8.1L SIDI V-8 with an active fuel management engine that includes 326 horsepower (243 kW) with E85 ethanol capability and direct injection, two-mode hybrid drive system, 23-inch aluminum wheels with Kumho 255/35 / R23 front and Kumho 285/35 / R23 tires, height adjustable suspension, 1,100 pounds (500 kg) payload and 3,500 pounds (1600 kg) towing force. The vehicle was designed by GM’s Australian design studios. The vehicle was unveiled in the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. Although General Motors is planning a production version based on Epsilon II platform, it was reported that the company had canceled the plan because the unibody design would not give much of an efficiency boost, while losing the ability for which buyers were prepared to pay a premium for 2019 GMC Denali XT.