TO CELEBRATE LAST YEAR’S HIGHEST DENALI SALES EVER, GMC UNVEILS THE INTIMIDATINGLY COOL ULTIMATE BLACK EDITION
BY EVAN MONROE
The black on black mega SUV is rapidly evolving towards something that’s as much symbol as conveyance. Very often General Motors in conception, and whether transporting New York City Mayor de Blasio to Albany, heads of state to the United Nations, or hedge fund barons to golf junkets in the Hamptons, they are something like sedan chairs for the 21st century looked upon with more than a little extra scrutiny, and occasionally awe.
GMC was only too aware of this dynamic when it unveiled in November its Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition well timed on the heels of sales reports showing last year was Denali’s strongest ever. Essentially all the glories of the standard model, but with a package of striking interior and exterior features, and available in either two wheel or four wheel drive models, the eight seater packs a 6.2 liter V8 and a 10 speed transmission (good for a 0 to 60 time of 5.8 seconds).
The intention here isn’t to scream distinctiveness, exactly merely to make discerning onlookers aware of your taste for improved things. Ultimate Black Editions include new dark hued 22 inch wheels with chrome inserts, polished exhaust tips, chrome mirror caps, and distinctive floor mats, and are exclusively available with Onyx Black exterior paint. These handsome little touches join a passel of existing improvements to the Yukon line this model year, including an all new transmission and sculpted grille design along with Mastique Ash real wood trim. The Ultimate Black adds an Open Road Package, which includes a nine month trial of Sirius XM and Nav Traffic, a power sunroof and rear seat entertainment system, and power retractable assist steps. The Enhanced Security Package includes door and lift gate lock shields, glass breakage sensors, interior motion detectors, vertical movement sensors, and adaptive cruise control with forward automatic braking. Base Denalis start at $67,260, but Ultimate Black Edition pricing was unavailable at time of press.
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