2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid at 2009 New York Auto Show

  • Competes with: GMC Yukon Hybrid, Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
  • Looks like: A mildly modified Yukon Hybrid
  • Drivetrain: 332-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with four-speed automatic and two electric motors; rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: May 2009
  • MSRP: $58,235-$61,080 (eligible for $2,200 federal tax credit)

GMC’s upscale Denali trim line will become available for the Yukon Hybrid for the 2009 model year this May. The Yukon Denali Hybrid receives modest enhancements to its exterior, including new 22-inch chrome wheels and a more luxurious cabin. It features the same gas/electric powertrain as the regular Yukon Hybrid, and it gets the same EPA-estimated 21/22 mpg city/highway in rear-wheel-drive form.

The Yukon Denali Hybrid has seating for eight people in three rows. Standard features include heated and cooled leather front seats, heated second-row seats, a navigation system with a backup camera, and a Bose audio system. The SUV also features the MagnaRide adaptive suspension system.  

The Yukon Denali Hybrid’s extra features come with a sizable price increase compared to the Yukon Hybrid, but if you’re looking for a little extra luxury and can’t stomach the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid’s starting price of $73,135, the Denali might look like a happy medium.

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