New GMC SUV to Debut in New York
NEW YORK - The Big Apple is the setting for big news from GMC with the world-wide
introduction of the all-new 2001 Yukon Denali at the New York Auto Show. GMC's full-size,
upscale SUV is sure to impress attendees with unsurpassed levels of styling, improved
capabilities and premium features in a true professional-grade package. In addition to
Yukon Denali, GMC will make world-wide introductions of two additional vehicles, that when
combined with Denali, strengthen GMC's hold on the premium truck market and further
heighten GM's full-size truck leadership.
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The Yukon Denali features the most powerful engine in the half-ton, full-size utility
segment - a new Vortec 6000 V8 that delivers 325-horsepower and 370 ft-lb of torque. The
addition of a heavy-duty electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission makes
this powertrain combination highly responsive and quick reacting.
And, for the first time in a full-size SUV, Yukon Denali is equipped with a standard
full-time all-wheel-drive system that provides superior handling and traction for varying
road conditions without requiring extra effort from the driver. Handling also gets a boost
from the standard AutoRide computer-controlled suspension system, which provides automatic
variable shock damping on all four wheels. Yukon Denali is also the first full-size SUV to
offer 17-inch wheels and tires to enhance the vehicle's smooth, quiet ride even further.
Yukon Denali's new, unsurpassed powertrain plus it's great chassis gives new meaning to
agility and control on any road.
The Yukon Denali has unique exterior styling that sets it apart from the crowd on the
outside, as well. It features a robust and refined front-end appearance that is
highlighted by a bold center-port chrome grille and chrome lamp bezels; unique front and
rear bumper fascias; and a monotone exterior appearance with body-colored fascias,
molding, running boards, door handles, and rearview mirror caps. On the inside, the Yukon
Denali features tone-on-tone leather-trimmed seats; Denali-embroidered door panels; and
black cherry wood-grain accents on the IP bezel, door panel switch plates and center
Yukon Denali surrounds occupants in a plush environment as well as providing a host of
refined, distinctive comfort features. Among these are heated front- and second-row seats,
and a premium 11-speaker Bose Acoustimass sound system with midrange, tweeters and
subwoofers specifically tuned for the vehicles. Denali also includes standard OnStar and
Homelink navigation systems, remote steering-wheel-mounted radio controls, theater dimming
lights with additional courtesy lighting in the second-row seating area, and a highly
sophisticated driver information center that is programmable in four languages. Denali's
distinctive center console features damped-door storage covers, illuminated storage bins
and specific phone storage areas.