• Sep 4, 2009
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Back when U.S. car shoppers actually purchased the GMC Yukon in big numbers, the division's Denali designation meant that you were getting the crème de la crème of large SUVs. One summer of $4 gas later, and we were getting the impression that the name would fade away with sales of the once popular SUV.

If a sliver of news gleaned from Buick GMC Communications Group Manager Dayna Hart's Twitter feed is to believed, we're going to see another Denali, but the new one will differentiate the top-shelf Acadia crossover from its lesser brethren. The Tweet simply says "Denali version of Acadia approved and coming soon." If you head over to Hart's Twitter page, you'll have to scroll down a bit, just past news of her daughter's triathlon victory and just after some positive words about the GMC Terrain. Gotta love Twitter.

Adding the Denali name to the Acadia makes perfect sense. The Denali name has brought affluent customers into GMC showrooms in the past, and if done right, a gussied up Acadia could bring those customers back for a second tour of duty. We just wonder why it took so long for General Motors to get around to this.



[Source: Twitter]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Adding the Denali trim does seem 2 years behind schedule, but the Acadia is already attractive and capable, so a higher-lux version is welcome.

      Widening a vehicle's appeal is never a bad thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Think of it this way: the Envoy Denali just went out of production. So they probably didn't want to compete with their own in-house model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks better than the Flex.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a freaking trim level, get over it. Did the Sequoia Platinum drive you away from Toyota too? Oh it didn't? What a surprise.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Given GM's current state, this is both stupid and unnecessary.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How so? Please eloborate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... and profitable.

        (the reason the kept GMC around in the first place.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is ignorant.
      This is the kind of nonsense that drove myself and others away from GM in the first place.
      Slap some cheap bits and a new name on the same vehicle and then try to gouge the customer.
      Good luck with that strategy GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a freaking trim level, get over it. Did the Sequoia Platinum drive you away from Toyota too? Oh it didn't? What a surprise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't have a Sequoia retard so I don't know what you are talking about.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wasn't implying you own a sequoia. I was implying that you bash GM by saying it's ignorant and it's driving you away from GM that they offer more expensive, luxury trim levels on models, but you probably don't bash Toyota (or any other other automaker, because they all do it) for doing the exact same thing. The Sequioa platinum was an example of Toyota doing the exact same thing GM is doing with the Acadia.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @220v: ROFL +1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, because nobody else offers multiple trim packages on their vehicles.

        I already thought you were an idiot, now even more so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Toyota Sequoia has a Retard trim package? Why is that not suprising...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The end of GM is coming sooner than I thought. Still building products wilth legos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where does this leave the Enclave (which is sold in the same showrooms as the Acadia)? I understand that people haven't been cross-shopping the Acadia and Enclave, but that may change with the addition of a more-differentiated Denali.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But still the Acadia will have to compete with the Enclave at the same showrooms.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I seem to be in the minority, but I find the Enclave overstyled, almost silly looking, while the Acadia is a fairly clean design.

        If I were in the market for such a vehicle, I wouldnt even consider the Enclave.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here we go again. More GM's that compete with GM's. Don't forget there will be a Caddy version too in a year or two. But the worst of this will be that this vehicle actually sits in most dealerships right beside the Buick. All we are missing is a premium trim line on the Chevrolet to complete the madness. If they don't confuse the life out of the customer they will end up competing with themselves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I looked at both the Enclave and the Acadia at the local dealer. I think they are both good looking, but I favored the Enclave until I looked at the sticker.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally the wrong car for GMC. They should be focusing their efforts on building smaller CUVs rather than the gas price sensative monsters. Besides as it's been pointed out by so many others GM has a lot of exsisting monster CUVs-they don't really need another.

      I'd think a redesigned Vue would be a better fit. GM really doen't have a small CUV SUV to compete with the RDx or the upcoming BMW X1. GM has already spent the money to creat the facitlity to build it. If it's not going to be a Buick then let it be a GMC
      • 5 Years Ago
      So a forest in Maine and a mountain in Alaska that was later renamed.

      It will sell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, and only FOUR YEARS after it's launch...
        • 5 Years Ago
        alex, the Acadia was launched in 2006. 2010 model year vehicles have been out for a while now and since this was just "confirmed" with absolutely no specs or a press release or anything, I'm willing to bet it won't show til calendar year 2010. Therefore, I'm sticking with my four year statement. Not to mention the fact that I was sitting in a drivetrain engineer's test vehicle FOUR years ago in a Target parking lot in Madison Heights, MI, lol! So I guess being a loser (and a moron) is for you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Acadia was new for '07. So try 3 years. See, now that the Envoy Denali is out of production, they can release the Acadia Denali without competing with themselves.

        And the Camaro took 2.5 years to go from greenlight to Job 1.

        But who needs their facts straight when it's GM they're bashing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "V8" doesn't say "luxury" to today's buyers like it did twenty years ago. After all, Mom's Explorer and Dad's Tahoe had V8s. Half of today's buyers don't know or care what's under the hood at all--"luxury" means having all the tech of a PC, a home theater, and a BlackBerry combined in your car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I recall reading that the Enclave was originally going to be offered with the 5.3 V8. The $4 gas panic put an end to that.

        Trying to pass off a vehicle as large as the Lambdas as luxury doesn't fly with just a V6.

        • 5 Years Ago
        If it does have a V-8, they will yank more sales than they probably would believe. Shoppers of such luxury SUVs still don't often care about fuel economy. How about the 6.2L from the Yukon Denali?

        Still, this does make one wonder something. What about the Enclave? How can they put a premium GMC on the market and not expect there to be a blurred line between it and what's supposed to be the premium version, the Buick.

        Hopefully an Enclave Super will follow soon. Perhaps make the 6.0L in the Denali and 6.2L for the Buick? That would justify a price hike for the Buick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No surprise -

        It took GM 5 years to rebody a Holden in a Camaro. But on topic, I'm interested if it has a V8, maybe a bored out version of the LS4 designed for transverse applications? 400hp in this thing and I'd seriously consider it.
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