2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid Unveiled

April 5, 2009
2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid

2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid

Last month, when we drove the new GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck, we heard something we didn’t expect. Turns out—says John Schwegman, of Chevrolet Truck Marketing—that the highest demand for the Two-Mode Hybrid system that GM fits to five different pickups and SUVs comes from buyers of the 2008 and 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

In fact, up to 25 percent of big ‘Slade buyers have ticked the “Hybrid” box. And to make hay while that sun still shines, Cadillac just launched its blingiest hybrid yet, the Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid.

Not to be left out, baby brother GMC is getting in on the high-luxe hybrid game. Hence the GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid, which adds a whole raft of mega-luxe features to the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid that now seems inexcusably plain and primitive. Or, looked at another way, adds hybrid gear to the 2009 GM Yukon Denali (sans hybrid).

Take, for instance, the standard “12-way power, heated/cooled leather-appointed perforated front seating and heated, second-row, leather-appointed bench seating.” Or the 22-inch, eight-spoke chrome wheels. Or the navigation system with backup camera, or the Bose Centerpoint Surround-Sound system, or the real-time XM NavTraffic.

Or consider the MagnaRide suspension (never before fitted to a Yukon) that instantaneously adjusts the firmness of the damping in response to road conditions, by varying the electrical current running through shock absorber fluid filled with magnetic particles—instantly altering the damping rate.

In fact, on a truck as stuffed to the gills with goodies as this one, only three options can be added: a sunroof, blind-zone-alert side mirrors … and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Because imagine how awful it would be if the second-seat passengers couldn’t, you know, watch a movie? Like, omigod?

What’s all this going to run you? A mere $59,185 for the two-wheel-driver—or $62,030 for the four-by-four—before you start ticking your own set of options boxes. Certain buyers will be able to claim a tax credit of up to $2,200. And you nail the fuel economy, with 21 mpg city / 22 mpg highway for the two-wheel-drive model—far better than the standard Yukon Denali Hybrid, by the way, which delivers a mere 12 city / 19 highway.--By John Voelcker

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