Updated 2015 GMC Yukon Denali Joins GM’s 8-Speed Auto Fest

GM is spreading the use of its 8sp auto across the range, with the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali and Denali XL now pairing their 6.2-liter V8 with the new transmission that replaces the short-lived 6sp auto.

EPA estimates for the rear-wheel drive versions of the Yukon Denali and its longer Denali XL sibling are 22mpg highway, while the AWD Yukon Denali gets 15 mpg city.

No changes were made to the Denali’s 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 that delivers 420hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, with both the 8-speed automatic Denali and Denali XL keeping the same towing ratings (8,400 and 8,100 pounds respectively) as their 6sp automatic counterparts.

GMC says it also introduced the following convenience and connectivity improvements to the Denali SUVs:

  • A new hands-free power liftgate, which can be opened and closed by simply passing a foot beneath the rear bumper
  • A wireless charging surface for WPC (Qi) or PMA (Powermat) compatible mobile devices integrated into the design of the center console lid. A list of compatible devices is located at gmtotalconnect.com
  • OnStar with 4G LTE, which provides in-car data connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices at one time
  • An enhanced GMC Intellilink system, which provides incoming ‘Text Message Alerts’ when paired to a compatible Bluetooth phone

The 8-speed 2015 Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali models are priced from $64,965 and $67,665 respectively, including destination, and are on sale now.

Photo Gallery

Tesla Model 3 Owner Puts Honda Civic Si Badges On Electric Sedan

Clearly, this Model 3 owner has a good sense of humor with their little Honda re-badge job.

German Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight Successfully

The Lilium Jet air taxi is powered by 36 electric jet wing engines and will be ready by 2025.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS And Mercedes-AMG GT R Go Toe-To-Toe At The ‘Ring

They might have totally different layouts, but these two are simply magnificent at the Nordschleife.

Lamborghini’s Hardcore Urus Could Be Based On The ST-X Race Car

The more extreme version of the Urus will probably arrive within the next two years.

Mercedes Determined To Reduce Its Portfolio In The U.S. Market

The number of models has become confusing for buyers and a burden for Merc’s logistics.

Facelifted SsangYong Tivoli Bows In Korea With New Turbo Engine

The updated Tivoli has a significantly improved cabin with a digital instrument cluster and a more modern infotainment system.

Ford Cutting 10% Of Global White-Collar Workforce – Around 7,000 People Impacted

2,300 Ford employees will lose their job in the United States alone.

2020 Ford Taurus Facelift Goes Official In China, Sales Begin Later This Year

Remember the Taurus? There’s a new model coming out, but only for China.

2021 Audi RS3 Mule Spotted, Could Have More Than 400 HP

Audi’s upcoming hot hatch is expected to use an upgraded 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine.

Trump Declares Auto And Part Imports National Security Threat, Appears To Seek Quotas

President Trump is seeking to reduce automotive imports from Japan and the European Union.