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Expect The Technology On High-End Denali Models To Start

2021 GMC Yukon Denali

General Motors’ Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology first debuted on the now-deceased Cadillac CT6, and the timeline for further integration has been slow but steady. Since 2017, GM has kept the Super Cruise tech solely in hands of the luxury Cadillac brand, slowly making its way into the Cadillac CT5, CT4 sedans, and eventually the 2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV. Finally last year, GM deemed the 2022 GMC Hummer EV fit as the first vehicle outside of the Cadillac family to bear the Super Cruise technology. Not long after GM also announced that the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali would receive Super Cruise, and spy shots indicate the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country and LTZ will also be so lucky. And, according to reports, it’s looking like the GMC Yukon SUV might be the next GM SUV to get the next-generation technology.

GMC Yukon Will Likely Be One Of 22 Super Cruise Models

Thanks to The Drive, we’ve got a better understanding of what the future of the T1-platform GMC Yukon should hold. GMC vice president of marketing, Phil Brook, told The Drive that some of GM’s next 2022 models equipped with Super Cruise would include a handful of GMC vehicles. You might remember earlier this year when General Motors president Mark Reuss said that 22 of their vehicles would have integrated Super Cruise by 2023. So it only makes sense. Brook however, when asked by The Drive if the GMC Yukon would be one of the 22 chosen ones, saying “there’s opportunities, and we’ve just gotta be smart about where we deploy it.”

A non-committal by design, to be sure. But those who have paid attention to what General Motors is doing with Super Cruise technology can easily connect the dots, and see this smart Level 3 semi-autonomous driving technology can easily be applied into the GMC Yukon at this point. From an architectural standpoint, the heavy engineering has already been finished when Super Cruise was developed the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, the T1 platform mate of the Yukon.

2022 2022i GMC Sierra 1500 Denali with Super Cruise Ultra Cruise Hyper Cruise General Motors Trucks
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A Logical Next Step

The GMC Yukon seems like the logical next choice. General Motors has had almost four years now to keep straightening out the Super Cruise technology, and a family SUV looks like a great option. A more standard SUV, like the GMC Yukon equipped with Super Cruise, would allow a broader range of consumers to experience and get comfortable with semi-autonomous driving technology, outside of the expensive Cadillac Escalades and incoming Hummer EV SUVs. While it’s obvious that many people are anxiously ready to let their car drive for them, there still exists a great many that will need to slowly get acclimated, in a car (or in this case, SUV) that they know and are already comfortable with. This dichotomy of worlds (or technology really) is also such the case for electric vehicles.

It’s worth noting that the Super Cruise technology will come at a price. It’s listed as a $2,500 USD option for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, but that figure can jump to over $9,000 depending on what trim level you begin with. It also means that since a Super Cruise-equipped GMC Yukon is a likely possibility and already confirmed for the GMC Sierra Denali, the Chevy Tahoe might be in for a treat as well.

2021 GMC Yukon Denali
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Written by Liam White

Student of the car industry. Automotive Media Padawan.

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