Custom-Look Yukon Denali Hits Streets of L.A.
Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the extensively named 2018 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition brings a few subtle, custom touches to the “professional-grade” fullsize SUV.
As on some of GM’s other special editions, this GMC is only available with formallooking black paint, a color called Onyx. Predictably, the Ultimate Black also comes with black-accented 22-inch wheels with deliberate chrome inserts, giving the rolling stock lots of attitude to match the drippingwet paint. Coordinating with those wheels are body-color mirrors with chrome mirror caps, giving the side-profile view some contrast. Furthermore, the rear view is enhanced with a polished exhaust tip.
The Ultimate Black Edition builds from the ’18 Yukon Denali, which was enhanced earlier this year with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. Mated to a 420hp 6.2L V-8, the 10-speed improves efficiency and performance, and it’s a remarkably smooth operator, shifting between the gears with nary a shudder or hesitation. The transmission was codeveloped with GM’s crosstown rival Ford, which uses the gearbox in the Denali’s primary domestic competition, the Lincoln Navigator.
Compared to that vehicle, the Ultimate Black Edition is much more sinister. Its street-smart swagger counters the Navigator’s sophisticated country club personality. That’s not to say this Yukon isn’t also supremely comfortable, as it gets a long list of added standard equipment compared to lesser Denalis. The special SUV comes with the Open Road Package, which adds a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, power running boards, and adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking. Vehicle security gets a boost thanks to the package, with door and liftgate lock shields, a glass breakage sensor, motion detectors, and a vertical movement detector that sounds the alarm when the vehicle detects it’s being lifted, as onto a tow truck.
Expect to pay about $75,000 for a two-wheel-drive
Denali Ultimate Black Edition, rising to about $78,000 if you want 4x4 capability. That estimated base price is about $7,000 more than a regular Denali, which is $1,000 less than one might spend by adding each luxury option individually. And the Ultimate Black also offers some exclusivity, as those two-tone wheels are only available on the special-edition Denali. Expect to see the sinister Yukon sibling in dealers by the time you read this.
General Motors loves its special editions, and the ’18 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition is no exception.
Compared to the regular Yukon Denali, changes are slight, amounting to black wheels with chrome accents, standard Onyx Black paint, and some added exterior brightwork. Inside, the Ultimate Black Edition comes standard with just about every bell and whistle offered on a GMC.
Other exterior upgrades, aside from the formal-looking 22-inch wheels, include chrome mirror caps and a polished exhaust tip. The alterations are slight, but they give the GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition a tasteful, custom feel.