2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid to debut at New York Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 26, 2009

There will be three new cars from GM that will be introduced this coming May including the Yukon Hybrid SUV and the Sierra Hybrid Pickup including the Yukon Denali Hybrid SUV which will be show at the New York Auto Show this coming week. Yukon's newest addition to its lineup is an 8-seater upmarket full-size SUV with a towing capacity of up to 5,800lbs (2,636kg) which, GM claims, to have a fuel economy of 21mpg (11.2 liters/km) within city limits.

The Yukon Denali is suitable for hybrid applications due to their greater fuel efficiency in contrast to smaller gasoline-electric variants such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight. Since fuel economy is the most essential consideration at this time the Yukon has an edge in this area as shown by about 80 percent of those who consider buying the model because of its fuel economy ratings. 

GM's Two-Mode hybrid system will be powering the vehicles, which involves the combination of two lightweight electric motors fitted in the transmission, together with regenerative brakes and steering and air-conditioning systems which are both electrically powered.

The new Yukon Denali Hybrid is equipped with GM's MagnaRide suspension system StabiliTrak electronic stability control with most of the power coming from a 6.0 liter Vortec V8 engine with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation and late intake valve closing and variable valve timing features.

The powerplant is rated to generate 332hp (248kW) and a top torque of 367lb-ft (498Nm). The Yukon Denali model is distinct from the regular model through the addition of a 22 inch flangeless chrome wheels and tactful badging. In the interior, the cabin is filled with numerous practical elements including a 12-direction power, heated-cooled front seats covered in leather and a sunroof as an option, DVD entertainment system, and side-mirrors equipped with blind-zone alert technology.

Further features include OnStar connectivity equipped with Turn-by-turn Navigation, a camera for reversing, a stereo system by Bose, and three years of real-time XM NavTraffic subscription. Base price begins at $59,185 for the 2WD model and bumps up to $62,030 for the 4WD variant, with destination charges amounting to $950.

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