Customers who were hoping to buy the 2021 GMC Terrain Denali before now may have been disappointed to find that the range-topping variant of the Terrain family was not available at the beginning of the 2021 model year, as GM Authority was first to exclusively report. That disappointment will not last much longer, though, since GM Authority has now learned that the 2021 Terrain Denali will go into production in February 2021 at the GM San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico.
The 2021 GMC Terrain Denali resides at the top of the Terrain model hierarchy, and comes packed to the gills with various features, such as 19-inch Bright machined aluminum wheels with premium Dark Gray painted accents, a Hands-Free power programmable liftgate, LED headlamps, a six-way power front passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, and a Bose premium seven-speaker audio system.
In addition, the Terrain Denali offers features not available on lesser Terrain models, such as the Denali Premium package (PCV). Introduced for the 2020 model year, the Denali Premium Package bundles the Advanced Safety and Comfort packages, whose features are shown below:
Advanced Safety Package (WPR)
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Automatic Parking Assist
- HD Surround Vision
Comfort Package (PS1)
- Heated and ventilated driver’s set
- Heated and ventilated front passenger seat
- Heated rear outboard seats
The turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LTG gasoline engine has been dropped from the 2021 GMC Terrain range. That means that the only available engine on all 2021 Terrain models is the turbocharged 1.5L I-4 LYX, which produces 170 horsepower and is mated to GM’s 9-speed automatic transmission. All Terrain trims are driven by the front wheels as as standard, while all-wheel-drive is available on all but the entry-level SL.
GM was planning to launch a mid-cycle enhancement for the GMC Terrain for the 2021 model year. However, the refresh was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the updated model will instead launch for the 2022 model year. Updates will consist of revised front and rear fascias, several new features and updates to the interior (such as a new head-up display), and the introduction of the offroad-oriented Terrain AT4 trim level. In addition, the turbocharged 2.0L engine will make its way back into the lineup for the 2022 GMC Terrain refresh.