The GMC Denali nameplate started as the luxury version of the Yukon for the 1998 model year. The Denali is available on both standard and XL versions, and is the top-of-the-line trim in the GMC Yukon lineup.
For 2001, embossed side body panels and slightly reworked headlights with projector-beam lenses along with 17" polished wheels and different grille and front bumper differentiate the Yukon Denali from the regular Yukon. 2001 also saw the introduction of the billet grille which now has become the hallmark of the Denali nameplate.
The Denali Yukon continues with the top-of-the-line features (using the similar features found in the Tahoe LTZ trim) and the front grille honeycomb design, equipped with a new active noise-cancellation technology and GM's third-generation magnetic ride control suspension as a standard feature.