2016 GMC Yukon, Denali Get Minor Updates
Improved Security, Convenience Features Mark Highlights
General Motors’ fullsize SUVs were new for the 2015 model year, so any expectations of radical changes just a year later were not on anyone’s radar. That said, GM has long ruled the segment, and likely wants to maintain dominance of the niche. To that end, the 2016 GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali models get some detail changes to subtly enhance the appeal of these jumbo haulers. The Driver Alert Package gets an update, adding lane keep assist and IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlight control. A hands-free lilftgate is now standard on SLT models, and an enhanced security system adds a liftgate “shield” feature and inclination sensor.
Two new colors are added: Crimson Red Tintcoat and White Frost Tricoat. Finally, following in Ford’s footsteps, the Yukon gets a capless fuel fill for the new model year. Updates for the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban have not yet been announced, but we expect some of the features could carry over. Unchanged for 2016 are the powertrain options, which consist of the 5.3L EcoTec V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic for non-Denali models and the flagship Denali carrying forth the 6.2L V-8 and eight-speed automatic introduced mid-2015. We have it on reasonably good authority that the 5.3 will eventually get the eight-speed as well, but its offering may be short-lived, as a 10-speed co-developed with Ford could be taking its place shortly thereafter.
Source: General Motors