GMC Denali Models and Denali History

Debuting as a luxurious version of the Yukon sport utility vehicle for the 1999 model year, the GMC Denali married four-wheel drive capability with superior cabin comfort. A premium-equipped GMC Yukon, the 1999 Denali stood apart through its own distinct front grille and headlight design. Standard exterior features 16-inch, 6-spoke polished aluminum wheels mounted to Firestone Firehawk tires rolled while Bilstein shock absorbers provided a smoother, high-end ride than traditionally expected from a GMC sport utility vehicle. Offered with standard on-demand four-wheel drive utilizing an AutoTrac active transfer case, additional traction for the sport utility vehicle was provided with a locking rear differential.


Power for the 1999 GMC Denali was sourced from a 5.7-liter V-8 engine. Creating 255 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, the powerplant of the Denali was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Both the engine and transmission came with standard oil cooler units. The luxury sport utility vehicle could tow up to 6,500 pounds. Inside a five-passenger cabin, the 1999 and 2000 GMC Denali was tastefully appointed with Nuance leather and Zebrano wood accents. Six-way power front seats, multi-zone air conditioning as well as seven-speaker Bose audio system with cassette player and six-disc CD charger was included inside all Denali's.


Heavily equipped with standard comfort-related features, one of the only options left on the Denali was OnStar. After the 2000 model year, the Denali was formally integrated with the GMC Yukon line-up as the top trim model. The GMC Denali was largely similar to the Cadillac Escalade differing only in badging as well as front and rear fascia treatment.

New and Used Denali Prices, GMC Denali Model Years and History

A full-size SUV with seating for five, the 2000 GMC Denali offers luxury amenities on the inside and a ruggedly capable 4WD system underneath.
A full-size SUV with seating for up to six, the 1999 GMC Yukon Denali is available 4WD, comes standard with a 5.7L V8 engine, and features more standard amenities over the general Yukon.