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2011 GMC Acadia Denali - Click above for high-res image gallery

A little ahead of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next month, GMC has revealed its new 2011 GMC Acadia Denali. Although the Denali tag has been used across the GMC lineup to signify their top-of-the-range trim level, this is the first crossover from the brand to get the tag. We first heard about this Acadia Denali on Twitter, thanks to loose-lipped Buick GMC Communications Group Manager Dayna Hart. From where we sit, the Denali makeover makes perfect sense for the Acadia, as it should help retain those affluent customers who are ditching SUVs in favor of CUVs.

The 2011 Acadia Denali will hit showroom floors late next year and will be available in both front- and all-wheel drive in seven- or eight-passenger form. The package will include a brace of signature Denali design cues: monotone paint, honeycomb grille, unique front and rear fascias, along with HID headlamps, chrome accents and exhaust tips, and the usual badges. The Acadia Denali will also get special six-spoke 20-inch wheels like the polished jobbies seen above. The model will be available in Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, Carbon Black, Red Jewel Tintcoat or White Diamond Tricoat.

Inside the Acadia Denali, you'll find all of GMC's top-level bells and whistles: Premium audio systems with XM, perforated leather, heated and cooled seats, mahogany accents, a heads-up display, the Dual SkyScape sunroof system, plus tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, OnStar, rear-seat DVD, a rearview camera and even remote starting (in case you find yourself living near either Denali or Acadia!). No pricing has been announced, yet but hopefully we'll get more details at the Detroit Auto Show next month. For now, there's a full press release after the jump and a small gallery of high-res pics in the gallery below.

[Source: GMC]


  • GMC is extending its exclusive Denali line to include the highly successful Acadia brand that defined the crossover segment
  • The all-inclusive Acadia Denali is the ultimate combination of space and efficiency with top-of-the-line amenities
  • Signature Denali cues include the honeycomb grille, chrome accents, body-color fascias and fender flares, mahogany wood steering wheel and wood accents, and lighted sill plates

– Today GMC unveiled the 2011 Acadia Denali in Detroit. The first Denali was launched in 1999 on the Yukon brand and helped define the luxury SUV segment. With nearly half of all Yukon sales being Denali models, expanding the Denali line to include the Acadia was a logical extension. Acadia Denali will provide GMC customers with all the amenities the Denali is known for in a fuel-efficient crossover.

"The GMC Denali models have come to stand for luxury and exclusivity, and that's just what customers will get in the new Acadia Denali," said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. "The decision to develop an Acadia Denali was made quickly within the new GM in response to customer and dealer demand for a Denali version ever since the launch and success of the Acadia."

The Acadia launched in 2007 as the first crossover from GMC, with segment-leading fuel economy and innovative features. An exclusive SmartSlide System allows easy access to an adult-sized third row with available seven- or eight- passenger seating configurations. Fold-flat second- and third-row seats allow flexible passenger and cargo configurations of the best-in-class interior space. Acadia's refined styling, impressive fuel efficiency, and confidence-inspiring safety features made it an immediate success and ideal platform to build upon for a Denali model.

The 2011 Acadia Denali goes on sale in the third quarter of 2010. It is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models, as well as seven- and eight-passenger configurations. The standard 3.6L direct injected V-6 contributes to an EPA highway rating of 24 mpg with FWD models.

The Acadia Denali will stand out with its signature Denali design cues highlighted by the mono-color exterior and chrome honeycomb grille, a feature on all GMC Denali models. It also wears a number of specific exterior design cues, including:
  • Unique lower front and rear fascias
  • High-intensity discharge headlamps
  • Body-color lower cladding and rocker moldings
  • Body-color rear fascia and fender flares
  • Unique body-side moldings with chrome accents and Denali badges
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips

Further distinction comes with 20-inch, two-tone chrome-clad wheels. The six-spoke wheels feature black chrome spoke inserts set against bright chrome.

The Acadia Denali is offered in five exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, Carbon Black, Red Jewel Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat.

Luxury amenities

Acadia Denali delivers all the luxury and refinement that are hallmarks of the Denali line. It includes a number of exclusive design, comfort and convenience features including:
  • Premium acoustics - laminated glass, triple door seals, and liquid applied sound deadeners
  • Perforated leather seats with matching leather door panel trim
  • Heated and cooled driver and passenger seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mahogany wood inserts
  • Complementary wood grain finish on the instrument panel and center stack
  • Enhanced accent lighting in the footwells
  • Chrome, lighted sill plates with the Denali logo
  • Dual SkyScape sunroof system, with sliding front sunroof and fixed rear section
  • Head-up display (HUD)
Additional content includes:
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Navigation system including XM NavTraffic (available)
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • OnStar
  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system, with roof-mounted flip-down screen (available)
  • Premium audio system with USB port and Bose 10-speaker sound system
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Rearview camera system
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory
  • Remote vehicle start

GMC capability
Acadia Denali is powered by a 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine with VVT that optimizes performance and fuel economy, while also reducing emissions – including a 25-percent reduction in cold-start emissions. Engine performance is enhanced by the advanced six-speed automatic transmission. The maximum towing capacity is a class-leading 5,200 pounds (2,364 kg).

A long, 118.9-inch (3,021 mm) wheelbase and wide 67.28-inch (1,709 mm) front/rear tracks give it a lower center of gravity and enable smooth, stable ride and handling for driving comfort. Independent front and rear suspensions enhance smoothness and deliver a more responsive driving experience. The front suspension features a MacPherson strut design, with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and aluminum knuckles, while the rear suspension uses a compact, state-of-the-art linked "H" design. Isolated mounting points help reduce noise and vibration.

The suspension is tuned specifically for the Acadia Denali's 20-inch wheels and the available AWD system enhances dry-road handling and provides increased traction on wet, snow and ice-covered roads. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard, as are the following features:
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology
  • Traction control system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

Acadia Denali is covered by GM's five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Warranty and three-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper warranty – the best coverage in America.

About GMC
GMC is one of the industry's healthiest brands and is evolving to include more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers. The all-new GMC Terrain is a smaller SUV that offers outstanding fuel economy along with the capability, engineering excellence and refinement that have defined GMC for more than a century. Complementing the Terrain is the Acadia eight-passenger crossover, Yukon and Yukon XL and Sierra pickups. Today GMC is the only manufacturer offering three full-size hybrid models. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com.

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GMC Acadia Denali
Body style / driveline:
crossover SUV / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
body-frame integral
EPA vehicle class:
sport utility vehicle
Manufacturing location:
Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing, Mich.
Key competitors:
Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9


3.6L V-6 VVT DI
Displacement (cu in / cc):
217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm):
3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material:
Cylinder head material:
dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Fuel delivery:
direct injection
Compression ratio:
Horsepower (hp / kW) @ rpm:
288 / 215 @ 6300*
Torque (lb-ft / Nm) @ rpm:
270 / 366 @ 3400*
Recommended fuel:
regular unleaded
Max. engine speed (rpm):
Emissions controls:
dual close-coupled converters; two pre- and two post-oxygen sensors
EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):
17 / 24 (FWD)
16 / 23 (AWD)


Hydra-Matic 6T75 6-speed FWD/AWD automatic
Gear Ratio (:1)

Final drive ratio:

Chassis / Suspension
coil-over strut; direct acting stabilizer bar; full perimeter isolated cradle
linked H-arm independent suspension; coil springs with twin-tube shock absorbers mounted on isolated sub-frame
Steering type:
hydraulic rack-and-pinion; straight ratio and variable effort
Steering ratio:
Steer wheel turns, lock-to-lock:
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):
40.4 / 12.3

four-wheel disc
Rotor diameter (in / mm):
front: 12.8 x 1.1 / 325 x 29, ventilated
rear: 13 x 0.8 / 331 x 20, ventilated
Anti-lock braking system (ABS):
Bosch 8.0 Chassis Controls: ABS / ETC / ESC w/rollover mitigation

Wheels / Tires
Wheel size and type:
20-inch chrome-clad
Tire size and type:
P255/55R20 H-rated blackwall


Wheelbase (in / mm):
118.9 / 3020.7
Overall length (in / mm):
201.1 / 5107.9
Overall width (in / mm):
78.9 / 2004.1
Overall height (in / mm):
72.8 / 1846 (w/roof rails); 69.9 / 1775.5 (w/o roof rails)

Front (in / mm):
67.3 / 1709.4
Rear (in / mm):
67.3 / 1709.4
Curb weight (lb / kg):
4720 / 2141 (FWD)
4925 / 2234 (AWD)
Min. ground clearance (in / mm):
7.4 / 189 (FWD and AWD)

Seating capacity:
7 or 8

First row (in /mm):
40.4 / 1024 (w/o sunroof); 38.5 / 978 (w/ sunroof)
Second row (in / mm):
39.3 / 996 (w/o sunroof); 38.3 / 973 (w/ sunroof)
Third row (in / mm):
38.4 / 975.3 (w/o sunroof); 38.1 / 968 (w/ sunroof)

First row (in / mm):
41.3 / 1049
Second row (in / mm):
36.9 / 937.2
Third row (in / mm):
33.2 / 843.2
Shoulder room

First row (in / mm):
61.9 / 1574
Second row (in / mm):
61.1 / 1551
Third row (in / mm):
57.8 / 1468
Hip room

First row (in / mm):
57.8 / 1468.1
Second row (in / mm):
57.9 / 1470.6
Third row (in / mm):
48.3 / 1226.8
Cargo volume

Behind first row, with second seat folded and third-row seat and cargo management system removed (cu ft / L):
115.9 / 3282
Behind second row, with third-row seat and cargo management system removed (cu ft / L):
68.7 / 1946
Behind third row (cu ft / L):
24.1 / 683

EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L):
154 / 4362
Fuel tank (gal / L):
22.0 / 83.3
Engine oil (qt / L):
5.5 / 5.2
Transmission fluid (qt / L):
9.5 / 9.0 (Dexron VI only)
Cooling system (qt / L):
11.8 / 11.18
Max towing capacity (lb / kg):
5200 / 2364
GCWR (lb / kg):
9500 / 4309 (FWD)
9700 / 4400 (AWD)
GVWR (lb / kg):
6459 / 2930

*SAE certified
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication. See media.gmc.com for updates.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like my Envoy Denali.......but without the 305hp V8, low range 4x4, or 6,000+lb towing rating. I think I'll pass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GMC should include leather dash and a V8...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the name is pretty silly: Acadia Denali? Two national parks that are 3500 miles away from each other?

      It looks a little overdone to me, too. And they should have figured out how to give it a little more power, at least. It wouldn't need to be more than 300 or so. But the top trim should come with more power, just like the Sierra and Yukon Denalis do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wasn't GM supposed to bore out the 3.6 to 3.8 liters? (94mm to 97mm)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just don't get it. Here in Mexico the top-of-the-line Acadia has already all the Denali equipment: perforated leather, rear view camera, HID, DVD, wood, chrome, big wheels, chromed exhaust tips, all-wheel-drive, the exact same lazy and underpowered V6, etc. Acadia Denali??? Where is the freaking V8????? The car itself doesn't make much sense already, so if they were planning to make an exaggerated Denali version, why not with a V8??? WTF???

      Just let me put it this way. Our city stands around 6,800 ft over sea level, so an empty Acadia needs over 13 seconds!!!!!!!, yes, 13, to hit 100 km/h (62 mph).... I can't imagine the new number with the whole family and some luggage inside. What? 18 sec mark.....Wow!!!!! What a strong Denali.

      Way to go Goverment Motors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well Nosferatu, since it wasn't any of YOUR tax dollars that helped "Government" Motors you have no business talking about it. Not to mention, how many of MY tax dollars go to help YOUR sorry ass? Yeah, that's what I thought. STFU!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I live at over 6000ft as well and I can assure you that no vehicle I've ever driven takes 55% longer (compared to the 8.4sec 0-60 time of an Acadia, with the older, 275hp engine no less) to get to 60mph, as it does at sea level.

        Yes, acceleration is noticably slower, but not nearly to that extent. Even when I've driven to around 11,000ft (which I do fairly often) I've not experienced such a lag in acceleration.

        I think it's so sad that people feel they have to exaggerate figures so much in order to discount a vehicle they don't like. But I guess when the facts just don't match up with your bias, what else are you going to do?

        Good lord whatsoever did we do when just some 10yrs ago V8 engine options on a huge Suburban or Excursion didn't often make much over 250hp?

        • 5 Years Ago
        If GM brought back the variable resonance intake manifold, and punched the engine to 3.8 liters. 300hp 300ft-lbs would be on tap.
        Coupled with the right gearing
        2.77 for economy front drive (and low altitude) 3.16 for econo '4x4' + low altitude
        with 3.16 for high altitude front drive, 3.39 for '4x4' + high altitude

        That would be enough.
        A transverse 90 degree V8 isn't going to happen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What? I live at 7k feet and the Acadia definitely does NOT take that long to get to 60. At this altitude cars have about a 17% loss of power, which doesn't translate to twice as long to 60.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This styling looks a tad busy and cluttered -- especially around the rear wheel. The black color should solve that problem though...

      Overall, a smart idea
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just think the grille has way too many competing shapes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is Matthew posting under this name since Autoblog is apparently broken.

      Is there seriously anyone out there who'd still buy a GM product? Especially one with a name as stupid as "Acadia".

      This is a fat bloated ugly POS. Seriously GM group-thinkers, leave the car design to someone who knows WTF they're doing! This is an appalling Aztek like design.

      It's a fat stupid SUV with little chrome bits and plastic tacked on... Just like anyone who'd buy it, it's got no taste!
        • 5 Years Ago
        With dumbfks like you supporting a miserably run company, it's no wonder it's still number one...there's no accounting for taste now is there daleriass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        All you have to do is continue to watch the "by the numbers" reports every month to see that General Motors is STILL the #1 selling car company in the US by a wide margin ahead of #2 Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay I am not the biggest GM fan but this is relatively handsome, although the front end looks kind of weird, the overall shape is handsome and it looks good in one color.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the Acadia is already the best looking of the group, this one makes it look that much better IMO.

      I've been a fan of most of the Denali stuff they have put out. Like having an Escalade without all the pretentiousness or all the chrome.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't like the Escalade, however this one looks pretty good. I don't like the name though, it just sounds a little weird imo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't even get where half of you people are coming up with this "overstyled" business...
      It's just a grille and some trim. Hell the wheels look fantastic in my opinion, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with the interior treatment.

      Only thing wrong with it is that now, if the Acadia didn't conflict with the Enclave this trim level certainly does. Though since it is GMC it was almost certainly planned out when it was unveiled, so I'm assuming they're simply going to give the Enclave a rework....least I hope so...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is all well-and-good, taken alone.

      My big question is how this plays with the sold-in-the-same-showroom Buick Enclave? Aside from styling, what's to differentiate the two?

      And I'm not aware of ANY Lambda with the 5.3L engine.

      Arguably, GMC needs more of a differentiation from Buick if they're going to be selling the same trucks - perhaps use the 3.0 DI turbo in the Acadia vs. the 3.6 in the Buick?
      • 5 Years Ago
      oh, brother. GM needs to realize it's not 1998 any more. Gussying up whalecars with plastic will not make them better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It didn't need to be made "better" as it was excellent already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tell that to BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche.
        • 5 Years Ago

        • 5 Years Ago
        But when Lexus does this on their LS "sport package", it's a good thing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        How many Porsche buyers do you think cross-shop GMC? I'd be willing to guess not a whole lot...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ooooh, downrated by the fanboys. I'm shaking...

        Regardless, I stand by my original post. Improve the product within, not with ticky-tacky.
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