• GMC Terrain Denali 3/4 front in Iridium Metallic. (03/14/2012)

  • GMC Terrain Denali 3/4 rear in Iridium Metallic. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali rear detail in Iridium Metallic. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali side profile in Iridium Metallic. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali signature chrome grille. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali Interior in Jet Black. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali Interior in Jet Black. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali color touch radio with IntelliLink. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali Soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali embossed front seatback in Jet Black. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali - forward collision alert and lane departure warning. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali - chrome finish exhaust outlet. (03/14/2012)
  • GMC Terrain Denali's3.6L DOHC V-6 with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing. (03/14/2012)
GMC has a hit on its hands with the Denali trim, but for some reason the brand's most popular crossover still hasn't donned the signature chrome grille. That will change for the 2013 model year with the introduction of the 2013 Terrain Denali.

The freshly minted Terrain Denali will of course feature a chrome front grille, 19-inch wheels (V6 model only), satin chrome accents, body color rocker panels and front and rear fascias, new headlight and taillights and a dual exhaust. The top Terrain will also receive a high-end interior, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mahogany wood accents, a soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching, Denali-embossed leather seats and illuminated Denali sill plates.

The biggest news for the Denali is the introduction of a more powerful 3.6-liter V6, which will replace the 3.0-liter V6 across the Terrain lineup. The larger V6 will output 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, or 37 hp and 50 lb-ft more than the 3.0-liter. And if you're thinking fuel economy will suffer as a result, think again. The added power will result in the same fuel economy as the torque-deficient 3.0-liter, with 24 miles power gallon on the highway and 17 mpg in the city.

Fuel-thrifty buyers can purchase the Terrain Denali with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which outputs 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque and boasts 32 mpg on the highway. The four-cylinder-equipped Denali will feature slightly smaller 18-inch wheels. All-wheel drive will also be available with both engines.

The Terrain Denali will feature a cadre of top tech amenities too, including IntelliLink, Bluetooth, Pandora and Stitcher integration and iPod controls with Gracenote tech. This Denali also utilizes advanced safety features including lane departure and forward collision warnings and blind spot radar tech to look for vehicles the driver may not see.

Pricing will be released later this year, so for now check out the official word from GMC below and additional images in our gallery.
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2013 GMC Terrain Denali Debuts with New 3.6L V-6
Offers distinctive style along with new technology and safety features

NEW YORK – GMC is expanding its exclusive Denali sub-brand with the debut of the 2013 Terrain Denali, bringing a new level of style and power to the luxury small SUV.

"Denali is growing fast," said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing. "With seven different models, sales for this brand within a brand increased 79 percent from 2010 to 2011. With this in mind, the decision to create a more-upscale Terrain was an easy one."

More power, same efficiency

With the introduction of the Terrain Denali, GMC also announced a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing will replace the current 3.0-liter V-6 engine in Terrain lineup for the 2013 model year. SAE certified at 301 horsepower (224 kW) and 272 lb.-ft. (369 Nm) of torque, this engine makes more power and torque, but is expected to deliver fuel economy equal to its predecessor.

The new V-6 uses lightweight components that contribute to the Terrain's fuel efficiency while boosting its horsepower. An integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design saves about 13 pounds compared to a non-integrated design, while a composite intake manifold saves about 5.5 pounds vs. an aluminum intake. Additionally, a lightweight structural front cover and high-strength connecting rods save additional weight.

Terrain's standard Ecotec 2.4-liter I-4 with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing is also available for buyers looking to combine Denali's high-end appointments with a best-in-class 32 highway mpg (2WD model). Front-wheel drive is standard on Terrain Denali, with all-wheel drive available for both engines.

New dual-flow dampers are exclusive to the Terrain Denali's suspension system. This technology provides a smoother ride and improved handling by controlling suspension dampening across a broader range of driving conditions.

Signature design cues

Inside and out, the 2013 Terrain Denali features high-end details. Models with the 2.4L engine feature 18-inch wheels, while the V-6 engine is paired with 19-inch wheels. Other Denali-specific exterior features include:

Signature chrome grille
Satin chrome accents
Body color front and rear fascias
Body color rocker panels with satin chrome molding
New headlamp and taillamp designs
Dual chrome finish exhaust outlets (single outlet on 2.4L)

Terrain Denali's cabin updates are highlighted by soft-touch Jet Black leather, which lines the seats and door inserts. Contrast stitching and red accent lighting contribute to an inviting interior. Other Denali-exclusive interior details include:

Soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with smoked mahogany wood accents
Embossed Denali logos on front seatbacks
Smoked mahogany wood trim accents
Denali illuminated front sill plates
Eight-way power driver and passenger seat

Class-leading technology

Terrain Denali comes standard with many of GMC's leading technologies, including a color touch radio with IntelliLink. This new infotainment system features a reconfigurable home screen; intuitive voice commands; Bluetooth smartphone integration; control of streaming internet radio apps such as Pandora and Stitcher; and iPod controls with Gracenote music database technology.

Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are standard on Terrain Denali. They use the industry's first single-camera crash-avoidance system to visually and audibly warn drivers when a collision is imminent or the vehicle crosses a lane marker.

In addition, side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert help avoid collisions by using radar to watch spots the driver may not be able to see – and provide visible and audible warnings.

Convenience features, such as a programmable power liftgate, are standard on Terrain Denali. At the touch of a button, owners can access the vehicle's 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space (behind the first row), while a memory function stops the liftgate at a chosen height to help shorter drivers or accommodate low garage heights.

Available technologies include color touch navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.

As with every new GMC, the Terrain Denali comes with six free months of OnStar's Directions and Connections plan. It includes Automatic Crash Response, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, roadside assistance, emergency services link, stolen vehicle assistance and remote door unlock.

Pricing and availability of the 2013 Terrain Denali and Terrain 3.6L V-6 models will be announced closer to the on-sale date in the third quarter of 2012.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The new Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      24 miles power gallon?
      regionrat
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The added power will result in the same fuel economy as the torque-deficient 3.0-liter, with 24 miles power gallon on the highway and 17 mpg in the city." That 3.0L is so disappointing. It sounded like the perfect engine on paper, but when you can get the same fuel economy from a 300hp V6, that's just sad.
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @regionrat
        It definitely seems that they are completley wiping their hands of the 3.0L. Seems like it's being replaced in everything it was placed into. What can you still buy now that uses the 3.0L? According to wikipedia, only the CTS will be available with the 3.0L once the Terrain and Equinox (presumably) switch to the 3.6L. At least for the US market anyhow, the Captiva uses it as well as the defunct Saab 9-4X, but those are all that's left. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_High_Feature_engine#3.0_.282997_cc.29
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @regionrat
        They kept shoving that engine into vehicles that were too big, poor utilization on their behalf.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is basically the replacement for the SWB Envoy Denali, which was available with a 300hp V8. Unfortunately, it looses some of the Envoy's towing, hauling, and off-road ability. However, on the upside, it is a good 500lbs lighter, so it should be much more fun and efficient to drive.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 3 Years Ago
      This engine isn't new maybe for the Terrain it is new. It only produces more power cause its a lighter than is bigger brothers the Traverse/Acadia/Enclave. I hope they rectified the issue with the timing chains. I know they had a major problem along with other issues. Lot of people have been having these issues and posting them on the web.
      robert
      • 3 Years Ago
      They can't keep up with the 4cyl. demand, so what do they do, put in a BIGGER V6! People, get out of this SUV rut and demand something like the Cruze wagon in the US.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @robert
        It's the special high luxury model, you think the people buying this are only focused on fuel economy?
          robert
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          The 4cyl. are selling like hotcakes and they can't keep up. The Denali is also available with the 4 and it will do well. They just offered a rebate on the 6 to try to unload them. Even Autoblog preferred the 4. A nice diesel might have been a better choice.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Jason Sieben
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way to tarnish the Denali name by allowing buyers to choose the 4Cyl model with Denali trim. What once was a trim line that represented luxury and top line amenities, is now downgraded by this decision. In my opinion it has no place on a 4cyl vehicle. Also what is the weight difference between the 3.0 V6 and the new 3.6 V6...wondering if the extra horsepower in the new engine is enough to offset any additional weight? Did I miss that in the article?
        threefortyduster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason Sieben
        If you have ever driven anything with the 3.0, you know it feels it like a 2 cylinder engine. It has zero off the line torque whatsoever, and even at full throttle feels like its making more noise than power. IIRC, the 3.6 is very close in physical size to the 3.0, so the weight difference won't hurt anything, especially given that the 3.6 has something resembling torque. The Denali trim doesn't have to mean it has the biggest engine, and in this world we're in now, people care what the EPA sticker says, so I can understand them offering it on the 4 cylinder version. Denali does mean luxury with GMC, and as long as the amenities add up, who cares what engine is under the hood if it means more people will buy it. They are in business to sell cars after all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason Sieben
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          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          Typical American mentality that BIGGER = BETTER even when it really doesn't.
        Shooter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason Sieben
        I doubt the extra displacement adds any weight. It's the same engine family after all, it's not like they're adding any deck height to the block.
      alexkoolur
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nicely done. Still too small if you have two kids. Have the Acadia Denali and it's perfect. Actually much better 3rd row then the Yukon and Tahoe and just as big inside, just not as wide. Actually room in the rear when the 3rd row is up...not so much in the standard Yukon/Tahoe
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        How big are your kids, must be biggggg younguns.
        brenden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        yeah how on earth can you fit 2 kids into a tiny little car like this?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brenden
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          Dark Gnat
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brenden
          Less donuts, more spinach.
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alexkoolur
        "Still too small if you have two kids." My parents had a Chevy Chevette when my sister and I were children. Nobody NEEDS a CUV for 2 kids.
      Chase
      • 3 Years Ago
      300 hp cute ute ... LOL what this world is coming to. I love it and would rock one. :D
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      300 horse in this thing i smell burnouts.
      B. Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Terrain does not need those bulging squared fenders. It detracts from the otherwise handsome looking vehicle. It reminds me of a toy truck, a cladded-up Pontiac, and also the old Envoy XUV. The looks of the Chevy Equinox are much more appealing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @B. Lee
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      mrbrian2334
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. Looks much more tasteful/subdued than some of the other blinged out Denali vehicles.
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