• Sep 23, 2010
2011 GMC Acadia Denali – Click above for high-res image gallery

We first saw General Motors' Denali-fied 2011 GMC Acadia at this year's Detroit Auto Show, and now the luxurious Lambda will be hitting dealerships in the coming weeks, priced from $43,220 (*excluding $775 in destination charges). Aside from the questionable styling tweaks, the top-trim Acadia gets a host of interior upgrades akin to the usual Denali touches found in the Yukon and Sierra.

The Denali's added kit includes things like 20-inch two-tone chrome wheels, HID headlamps, chrome interior accents, heated and cooled front seats and a head-up display. Not everyone will go for the model's front fascia tweaks or blingy alloys, but these extra amenities ought to make the Acadia a more attractive cross-shop option against its fellow controversial-looking rival, the Lincoln MKT. Follow the jump for the full details in the press release, and if you want to spec out one of your own, GMC's configurator is already online.



[Source: General Motors]

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2011 GMC Acadia Denali Headed to U.S. Dealers
Lansing Delta Township Assembly is building latest model Acadia


Lansing, Mich. – Production of the new 2011 GMC Acadia Denali began today at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant with the newest model in the Acadia family expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in late September.

Members of UAW Local 602 put the finishing touches on the first white diamond Acadia Denali that will be delivered to Vadosta, Ga. The team at Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant is excited to add the Acadia Denali to the facility's production line-up, according to Scott Whybrew, plant manager for Lansing Delta Township and Lansing Grand River.

"Our team members continue to comment that the Denali trim combines 'professional grade' performance with all the luxury you can ask for," said Whybrew. "Customers who select this trim line can expect the same quality that they've come to know in all the vehicles we produce."

For the first time, GMC will offer consumers the exclusive Denali trim line on the award-winning Acadia. The popular crossover will distinguish itself among other crossover SUVs with its unique Denali chrome honeycomb grille and monochromatic exterior, along with 20-inch two-tone chrome-clad wheels, high-intensity discharge headlamps, chrome interior accents, head-up display and heated and cooled driver and passenger seats. The Acadia Denali has a starting price of $43,220, excluding destination charges.

"We have received a lot of positive interest from our customers and dealers to develop an Acadia Denali since the launch of the Acadia in 2007," said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. "The new Acadia Denali offers convenience for consumer looking for premium features in one package, and delivers the luxury and exclusivity that our customers demand in a Denali model."

Lansing Delta Township Assembly is General Motors' newest plant in North America, blending the best practices and newest technology into one facility. The award-winning facility is the first and only manufacturing facility to be a Gold Certified Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The plant also produces the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Supreme luxury, lol. Dont see how terrible styling on the outside and average black interiors with no wood trim equal "supreme" luxury and especially when u take front wheel effing drive and a weak v-6 to top it off. Acura4ever! lame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The MDX is a great car, but it has the same major shortcomings as this one, the front end is HORRENDOUS.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks pretty good but the color is less than flattering. It looks best in black but the red doesn't look bad either. I have seen a couple on the road wth manufacuters plates on them and it looks better in person than in pictures.

      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks a bit like a minivan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Terrible styling on that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      all i can say is... EW. Previous Denalis looked classy, this one looks like it has chrome just thrown on it.... and the interior does nothing for me, too dark, to plan, and the materials dont look up to par with others in the class.

      Sorry GMC leave the luxury to Cadillac where is belongs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2011 Grand Cherokee Overland over this thing anyday. The interior is vastly superior to this thing just from the pictures this thing looks cheap and bland. And that steering wheel looks like it belongs in an Accent.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. The GC is so much nicer... and how many people with crossovers really use the 3rd row? I honestly have no idea but I would think they would want something with better access like a minivan or Suburban.
        I'm really leaning toward the new GC to replace my Trailblazer LTZ (which replaced an older GC).
      • 4 Years Ago
      That front bumper is HIDEOUS.

      Completely ruins what usually is a handsome vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know, you GW will still sell you an Acadia without the Denali trim, right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        what aer you talking about Andrew? It looks symmetrical to me
        • 4 Years Ago
        And yet, it's still better-looking than the FoMoCo alternative...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not only that, but the interior is rather uninspired as well.

        I really wish some manufacturers would just make a mid sized or full sized wagon again, without the now mandatory 12" of ground clearance and pseudo-AWD. I just want to have cargo room and I don't need the parasitic losses and weight gain of an AWD system.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, the front end is overdone, and the seam between the bumper and the fender looks goofy. Reminds me of a handlebar mustache, or a late 1940s Oldsmobile.

        http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1949-Oldsmobile-Coupe-Club-/260659374604?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3cb0826a0c
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope the rear cladding doesn't block my view of the suspension when I drive behind them. Seriously, the lambdas have a very mechanically/aesthetically pleasing rear suspension setup. Other favorites of mine are the old Rendezvous versatrac, Honda Pilot, and last gen Malibu. The worst is probably the Cobalt. I'm not the only Autoblog reader that thinks about stuff like this, am I?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, the nose is awfully busy-looking and disharmonious.

        As for the passenger-only inside door grab handle, GM does this on other cars (Corvette, for example). The idea is that the driver has the steering wheel to grab hold of.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They ruined it. I don't like domestics for the most part, but the Arcadia/Outlook were always kind of cool looking in my eyes. Not anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Usually having the name Denali on the vehicle stood for something like 4 wheel steering, bigger more powerful 6.2L gas engine(that actually got better mileage than the 6.0 I have in my 3/4 ton ride) and a turbo diesel HD this year, BUT this is a stain on the name Denali that is nothing more than slapping a badge on an underpowerd SUV with a questionable redone grille & bumper and suspect 3.6L timing chains.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Enclave is a better competitor to the MKT than this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Lambda triplets seem to be doing quite well.
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