GMC Denali Lineup Growing in Numbers and Popularity


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DETROIT – What began as an upscale trim level on the 1999 GMC Yukon full-size SUV has grown in 13 years to become a sub-brand of eight individual models today, representing the best of GMC performance, technology and style in their respective segments.

To date, more than a half-million Denali vehicles have been produced at a pace that is constantly increasing. While the GMC brand grew 19 percent in total sales from 2010 to 2011, Denali sales increased by 79 percent.

“Denali is the ultimate expression of Professional Grade,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing. “These are the most-capable, most-advanced and most-luxurious vehicles GMC offers.”

The Denali name itself reflects that mission statement. Derived from the native name for Mount McKinley in Alaska – North America’s highest peak – it can be translated to mean “the high one.”

More than half of all GMC Yukons sold in 2011 were Denalis, while nearly a quarter of all Sierra HDs and 28 percent of Acadias last year wore the badge. Later this year, the new 2013 Terrain Denali joins the growing model range. Here are the models that have worn the Denali name:

Model Type Model Years Offered

Model Type


Years Offered

Yukon Denali

Full-size SUV


Yukon XL Denali

Full-size SUV


Sierra Denali

Full-size pickup


Envoy Denali

Midsize SUV


Envoy XL Denali

Midsize SUV


Yukon Denali Hybrid

Full-size SUV


Acadia Denali

Midsize crossover


Sierra 2500 HD Denali

Full-size pickup


Sierra 3500 HD Denali

Full-size pickup


Terrain Denali

Small SUV

New for 2013


Since its inception, the Denali trim has comprised a core set of design characteristics. On the exterior, every vehicle features chrome wheels, chrome elements in the front grille and body-color moldings. The Denali script is displayed prominently on the outside of each front door.

Inside, Denalis use premium materials such as soft leather and mahogany wood accents. These top-trim vehicles have introduced features such as upgraded audio systems and ventilated front seats to the GMC brand.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon , Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup . The new Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at