GMC looks to carry its momentum from its 2013 Acadia/Acadia Denali reveal at the Chicago Auto Show by showing off the first ever Terrain Denali. Considering that 30 percent of all Acadia volume is of the Denali variety, this smaller dressed-up crossover should do well.
Engine options include the familiar 2.4L Ecotec engine, and a much more appropriate 3.6L V6 with an SAE rated 301 horsepower (224 kW) and 272 lb.-ft. (369 Nm) of torque starting with the 2013 model year. The modern 3.6L will outright replace the significantly weaker 3.0L LF1 V6, and is expected to match the outgoing engine in fuel economy (17 MPG city/ 24 MPG hwy in FWD). Regardless of the engine buyers choose, front-wheel drive is standard on Terrain Denali, while all-wheel drive will be available for both engines. Along with introducing the 3.6 liter to the lineup, a new set of dual-flow dampers will be exclusive to the Terrain Denali’s suspension system. GMC says that the new setup will provide a smoother ride and improved handling by controlling suspension dampening across a broader range of driving conditions.
Going with tradition of the Denali line, there is chrome everywhere, especially noticeable with the new grille style. Inside will be a soft-touch instrument panel with French
maids stitching, the usual Denali leather-wrapped steering wheel with smoked mahogany wood accents matching the trim around the cabin, Denali logos in the seats and sill plates, and an eight-way power driver’s seat.
Expect the 2013 Terrain Denali to be available for sale by the third quarter of 2012.