GM Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) is bringing remanufactured versions of the GMC Yukon full-sized SUV to Australia in early 2025.
Set to be remanufactured in Melbourne for sale across Australia and New Zealand, the 2025 GMC Yukon Denali will be brought in with eight seats – pricing and specification will be confirmed “shortly before the start of sales”.
Further details are scant at this stage, but a glance at what’s available in North America gives us an idea of what to expect when it lands in 2025. CarExpert first reported in March the GMC Yukon could be coming Down Under after a trademark filing was discovered on the IP Australia database.
The Denali and Denali Ultimate versions of the GMC Yukon bridge the gap between the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade in GM’s full-sized SUV portfolio – both of which share the same platform, that also underpins the Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
Both are available with Super Cruise Level 3 hands-free autonomous technology (don’t expect that here, Australian legislation doesn’t allow for it), as well as authentic wood trim detailing, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 14-speaker Bose premium sound system, and a surround-camera system with 13 views.
Denali models are distinguished externally by a unique mesh grille, a selection of polished and machined alloy wheel options, as well as a beefy quad-tipped exhaust system. The Denali is available with both 2WD and 4WD drivetrain options, as well as an XL extended-body version.
Two engines are available overseas; it’s unclear which will be offered locally. First is a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel which develops 206kW and 624Nm; with the headline act being a 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine making 313kW and 624Nm shared with the Silverado.
Both are paired with a 10-speed automatic. The diesel quotes up to 756 miles (1216km) of range per tank (circa 90 litres) in long-body Yukon XL guise.
GMC Yukon Denali models are also rated to tow up to 8200lbs (3719kg) depending on specification in the US, which doesn’t quite match the 4.5t max of the Silverado but more than most heavy-duty SUVs on the market.
The Yukon measures 5334mm long, 2057mm wide excluding the mirrors and 1943mm tall on a 3071mm wheelbase, while the Yukon XL is 5720mm long on a 3406mm wheelbase. For context, a Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series is up to 5015mm long and 1990mm wide on a 2850mm wheelbase.
Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest updates in the lead-up to the GMC Yukon’s introduction in 2025.