New 2016 GMC Yukon Denali – Release Date, Specs & Info

2016 GMC Yukon Denali Release Date, Price, Review, Interior, Specs – The current GMC Yukon vehicle has only been around for a year now and the 2016 model year is already seeing an update of it. The demands of the competitive market are already high enough and things are stirring at the top of this segment as well, thus many and frequent updates are needed. The highest trim level of the 2016 Yukon car is the Denali trim which does not only come with a Driver Alert Package now, but with many available enhancements and additions to it as well.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali
2016 GMC Yukon Denali

In the looks department not only the Denali but all trim levels are fairly similar to their previous counterparts as many of the feats have been carried over. But there are many changes that were more than necessary and very appropriate to happen. It is not a bad thing to carry some major parts of the car to the next model year as the car is fairly new already and the previous design has still not had much time to age appropriately.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali front angle, grille and headlights

The most major changes actually are concerned about the interior setup and the comfort levels inside. Actually there is a higher level of functionality as the second and third row of seats are removable and foldable and can easily be converted to offer more cargo space for hauling things and transformed back to a setting for hauling people. Read all the specs and information currently available about the new 2016 GMC Yukon Denali vehicle here in this review. Although the new Yukon represents a great vehicle, it is still bested by the top ones such as the Ford Expedition model, Chevrolet Suburban and the newest 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe model.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali, black color, rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2016 GMC Yukon Denali exterior

It could be hard to tell the difference between the 2015 and the 2016 base GMC Yukon vehicles as most parts are carried over, except the electronics which is a new addition to the car now. There is a new feature that includes the now easily accessible and easily useable liftgate which you can open using your foot. This feature is a standard one on the Denali trim which you can get it as an optional one on every other trims available. The wheels have also changed and grown and the highest and best level is available for the Denali of course. The GMC Yukon Denali comes with 20-inch wheels as a standard option while the added optional one can grow up to 22-inch ones.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali front
2016 GMC Yukon Denali front

There is an added change which includes using the new color patterns, but they all come at an extra cost. While the Crimson Red Tintcoat is available for all models as an optional color, the White Frost Tricoat is an exclusive choice only possible for use on the Denali trim for now. A special addition now is the Driver Alert Package which enhances the safety of the car. It may be used on the inside but it faces on the outside and keeps you alert for all of the trouble and danger that comes from the outside of the vehicle. The 2016 Yukon Denali is not just a fun car to drive but also a safe one as well.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali back
2016 GMC Yukon Denali back


The inside does also does not features any major dramatic changes. The 2016 GMC Yukon inside is fairly similar to before and as there is a difference between the trims levels of the vehicle, the base one has mostly some similar characteristics to before. But the most important part is that the second and third row if seats is able to fold flat completely. There is a power fold option given as an optional one which makes the job of transforming the back side of the car available for cargo transport. If you are using your Yukon for transporting cargo, the combination of the power folding back side of the car and the added tail gate makes you job much easier and quicker and a lot convenient.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali interior
2016 GMC Yukon Denali interior

On the dash all version have a infotainment screen with the running GMC’s IntelliLink software which enable you to control all the major parts of the vehicle. The SiriusXM satellite radio and 4G LTE Wi-Fi services come for free for a period of three moths and can be extended afterwards for regular use. Especially for the Denali trims of the Yukon GMC and upgraded instrument cluster comes available. It comes bearing a second eight-inch display with three selectable themes and even adds an optionally added heads-up display.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali interior, back seats


The 2016 GMC Yukon Denali trim comes with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine as a standard option. This powertrain is the strongest one available for all trims levels of 2016 Yukon cars now as it is able to produce an output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This is an engine option which comes fitted to a Corvette Stingray car and based alone on that fact you can estimate how powerful the engine can be. The engine also uses the EcoTec3 technology and comes standard with a lot of interesting new features that are added. Active Fuel Management, Variable Valve Timing, and Direct Fuel Injection.  are just some of the addition that boost the performance of the engine.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali engine


Wheelbase: 9 ft. 8 in. (116 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 11.9 in. (203.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 8.5 in. (80.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 15.3 ft³
Curb weight: 5379 lbs
Top Speed: 113 mph
0-60: 7,3 sec
MPG: 16/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Bronze Alloy Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat, Iridium Metallic, Light Steel Gray Metallic, Midnight Amethyst Metallic, Onyx Black, Quicksilver Metallic and Sparkling Silver Metallic
Towing Capacity: 8500 lbs

Price and release date

The 2016 GMC Yukon Denali trim gets released with the base version. IN fact, the entire fleet gets the same release date all at once and it is going to be offered next year in the beginning of the year, actually somewhere in February. As there are both 2WD and 4WD options of the Yukon Denali available, the former one is priced at $68,415 while the later one can be yours of a price of $71,415 base MSRP.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali front view