Last summer, GM Authority exclusively reported that the 2021 GMC Terrain Denali trim level would have late availability and wouldn’t be around for the first half of the 2021 model year.
We’re now happy to report that the Denali trim is back in the 2021 GMC Terrain lineup following its brief hiatus, with the Terrain Denali set to enter production alongside the other Terrain trims starting early next month at the GM San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico.
The 2021 GMC Terrain Denali is available with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive and comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5L LYX four-cylinder gasoline engine, which produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. The only available transmission is a GM nine-speed automatic.
The turbocharged 2.0L LTG engine, rated at 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, was standard on the Terrain Denali for 2020, but as we exclusively reported, the 2.0L LTG was dropped from the Terrain lineup for the 2021 model year. That means that just like the rest of the 2021 Terrain trim levels, the Denali can only be ordered with the 1.5L engine.
The 2021 GMC Terrain Denali resides is the range-topping Terrain trim level and comes with high-end equipment 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.
A refreshed Terrain was slated to arrive for the 2021 model year, however the COVID-19 pandemic forced GM to push back the arrival of the updated model to the 2022 model year. The updated 2022 Terrain will feature revised front and rear fasciae, an updated cabin with a new head-up display and will also see the introduction of a new off-road oriented AT4 trim level. The turbocharged 2.0L engine will also make its way back into the lineup for the 2022 model year.