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GMC Adding 301-hp Terrain Denali

Upscale version of crossover will also offer high-mileage option.

by on Mar.15, 2012

GMC adds another Denali to the line-up.

GMC is adding another Denali to its line-up.  Or should that read: GMC is adding another version of its Terrain crossover?  Actually, they’re both accurate, as the popular CUV is set to get the upscale Denali makeover for the upcoming model-year.

It would appear to be a good combination.  GMC can barely build the Terrain fast enough to meet surging demand, and the same holds for just about anything currently getting the Denali badge, which is why the maker also unveiled the 2013 GMC Acadia Denali during its Chicago Auto Show preview, last month.

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We’ll get a closer look at the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali at next month’s New York International Auto Show, but the maker provided an advance look to a select few brought to the Big Apple this week.  And while it might have kept the specifics secret, the basics are familiar to anyone who has checked out the other Denali offerings.

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First Look: 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali

Aiming to maintain momentum in a tough segment.

by on Feb.09, 2012

The 2013 GMC Acadia Denali makes it Chicago debut.

Chicago Auto Show-goers will be the first to get a close-up look at the updated 2013 GMC Acadia, as well as the premium spin-off, the Acadia Denali.

The two new models will likely play a critical role for GMC, now the second best-selling brand in the General Motors portfolio.  Despite its age, the outgoing Acadia crossover had its best year yet in 2011, with demand surging 16% — and half of its sales coming from customers trading in non-GM products, according to Tony DiSalle, GMC’s vice president of marketing.

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“While (traditional) trucks and SUVs will be the foundation of the GMC brand,” DiSalle said during a Chicago Auto Show preview, “we’re expanding our appeal with bold crossovers like the Acadia.”

But the big CUV will have some tough competition, facing up against domestic products of comparable or slightly smaller size like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer, as well as imports ranging from the Toyota Highlander to more upscale models from European imports that also target what GMC calls the “professional grade” customer.

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GMC Adds Denali Trim to Acadia

Moving a less expensive model up with a luxury package.

by on Dec.17, 2009

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Nearly half of Yukon sales are Denali models, so expanding the package to Acadia was a logical extension.

GMC is extending its Denali package to include the Acadia crossover, borrowing it from the larger, more expensive Yukon sport utility model.

When the new 2011 Acadia Denali goes on sale in the third quarter of 2010, it will be available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models, as well as seven- and eight-passenger configurations.

Standard is a 3.6-liter direct inject injection V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. There is a projected EPA highway rating of 24 mpg for front-drive versions.

The first Denali package was launched in 1999 on the Yukon sport utility and, in GMC’s view helped define the luxury SUV segment. With nearly half of all Yukon sales being Denali models, expanding the Denali line to include the Acadia was a logical extension.

“The GMC Denali models have come to stand for luxury and exclusivity, and that’s just what customers will get in the new Acadia Denali,” said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director.

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The Acadia debuted in 2007 as the first “crossover” from traditional body-on-frame truck maker GMC, with segment-leading fuel economy. A “SmartSlide System” allows access to an adult-sized third row with the optional seven- or eight- passenger seating. Fold-flat second- and third-row seats allow flexible passenger and cargo configurations.

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