• Jan 11, 2010
2011 GMC Acadia Denali – Click above for high-res image gallery

Nearly lost in the hubbub at this morning's GMC-Buick press conference here at the Detroit Auto Show was GMC's new-for-2011 Acadia Denali. This is the first time that GMC has extended its upscale Denali trim to a crossover, but they haven't changed the formula just because the designation is no longer exclusive to body-on-frame. As ever, Denali equates to a modestly swankier interior (mahogany trim, perforated leather heated and cooled seats, additional ambient lighting), along with seemingly every other option, including sat-nav, Bluetooth, three-zone automatic HVAC, heads-up display and the obligatory gigantic sunroof.

On the outside, trainspotters will be able to spot the Denali by its monotone paint (Summer White as seen here, Quicksilver Metallic, Carbon Black, Red Jewel Tintcoat or White Diamond Tricoat), honeychrome grille (yeah, we said honeychrome), along with model-specific fascias and polished six-spoke 20-inch wheels.

Subtle it isn't, but if it's your thing, keep an eye out for it in GMC showrooms beginning in the third quarter of this year.




Live Photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: GMC]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yuck.

      I thought GM killed Pontiac.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *barf*
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a craptastic dealer added package
      • 5 Years Ago
      This styling does exactly what its supposed to do... attract buyers with too much money that have bad taste. Think of all the Infiniti QX56 drivers that still want to tell the world they like to make bad decisions but want to double that 12 MPG when taking Britney and Tyler to dance or soccer. Well now they have a choice and they can get 25 MPG so they can feel good about themselves as they are driving 70 mph with a soy latte' in one hand and twittering with the other to tell their friends how great they are.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha ha! The QX56, that's hilarious, post made me laugh...good stuff.

      • 5 Years Ago
      so much for "professional grade"

      Yet more #GMfail
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe you need a professional grade shrink.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It doesnt get any more vanilla than that!
      yuck - how boring..........
      • 5 Years Ago
      The excess cladding only makes it look more bloated, and this baby already had too much back. This was a decent design that really just needed some cleaning up. I'm disappointed they didn't take the opportunity to change the taillights, which I thought looked ridiculously tacky. Of the big-crossover GM siblings, I still prefer the Saturn.
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL... Bloated, chromed out, plastic bits on it to make it look "designed"... Way to go at making professional grade immitations GM.

      Maybe they can offload junk like this to China to make some payments back to the taxpayers who funded their "design" of this atrocity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This POS piled on the fugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad at all.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks good...but the GMC badge hurts it imo
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully some of this tech will trickle down to some of the other CUVs on the platform. Not that they really need the help selling.

      GMC did a good job with this trim level.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the weight distribution starts at 55/45, and at maximum loading, shouldn't the axle weights be roughly 50/50?
        Adding: maximum passenger, roof weight, tongue weight
        http://www.caranddriver.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/original/application/626e978bd9a80e2f92a39c21fed6e777.pdf
        So lets play it 'safe' and only use a Torsen2.

        Heaven forbid that I advocate for a more capable product.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXuhfwY74b8

        LLT 3.6 V6. GM did say they can enlarge the engine to 4 liters by removing the liners, and 3.8 keeping them.


        What GM left out of the GMT-360: 6 speed automatic, variable intake valve timing for the Atlas engines, 4.4 liter derivative of 4.2 I6, mass utilization of four wheel drive-only the Trailblazer SS had it. Torsen3.

        GM could have used a 250hp 3.7 I5 in a 4x2 GMT-360 for outstanding mileage for people in the Sun belt.

        What kind of mileage numbers would the 5.3 V8 put up, if it didn't have AFM (nee DOD)?
        and GM says 14/20 for '4x4' 4.2 I6 (nv226 or 236?) and 13/19 for '4x4' 5.3 V8.
        So the V8 got less mileage, says GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately it is only cosmetic trim.
        Where is a better engine? Bring back the variable resonance intake manifold, for more low/mid-range torque.
        Increase the cylinder bore, 300hp 300ft-lbs 3.8 liters.

        If GM wasn't going to upgrade the engine, how about fixing the axle ratio?
        Ford acknowledged their error, and fixed the axle ratio on the Edge: '09 2.77 & 3.16, '10 3.16 & 3.39

        How about four wheel drive?
        GM has engineers, so how about a low bias Torsen3 center differential 45/55, 35/65 on front overrun, 55/45 on rear overrun.
        of just a Torsen2 50/50, 40/60 on front overrun, 60/40 on rear overrun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        3.6 DI I believe.

        Would love to see a 5.3 V8 under the hood. Mileage wouldn't be that much worse either.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think the 4WD needs fixing. It's not going to become a sports car just because you put in a Torsen.

        What's the engine in this?
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