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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.


GMC Granite Concept – A Compact Pickup For Millennials?

GM’s truck brand could fill a gaping hole in truck segment.

by on Nov.24, 2010

The GMC Granite Pickup Concept - designed for Californians by Californians. But will it appeal to the rest of the country?

Could the GMC Granite Concept be the shape of things to come in the compact pickup segment?

American automakers have walked away from the once huge niche – or at least they will when Ford pulls the plug, next year, on the ancient Ranger.  A new Ford bearing that name has been launched overseas but there are no plans to bring it here, the maker firmly declares.

For those who want something smaller than an F-150, Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra but want to stick with the domestics, that leaves little – make that no – option.  Maybe.

“GM Design believes there is an opportunity for a small truck because nobody else is doing this right now,” says Clay Dean, the executive director of GM’s advanced global design studios.

If the Granite name sounds familiar, that’s because GMC has already used it on an edgy little crossover/SUV, which made its debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.  Indeed, the pickup prototype has some key design features in common with the crossover concept from the nose back to the B-pillar.

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Developed at the GM studio in Southern California, the Granite pickup was “designed to be modular,” according to the studio’s manager, Robb McCann.

That brings to mind some of the funky, but flexible styling exercises the now-abandoned Pontiac brand rolled out in the late 1980s and 1990s.  The goal, back then, and again now, is to come up with a sort of Swiss Army Knife on wheels.


First Drive: 2011 GMC Sierra Denali

GMC Sierra Denali Aims to Lux Up HD Pickups

by on Jul.15, 2010

The first GMC truck to bear the top-rated Denali name made its debut this week.

What’s in a name, Shakespeare once asked?  And so did we when we heard GMC would be spreading the “Denali” nameplate around in 2011.

We’ve just had a brief drive in the brawny, sexy new 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD, which marks the first use of the exclusive Denali name on a heavy-duty GMC pickup, a truck which makes its world debut this week.

We immediately recognized the new model, thanks to the trademark Denali four-bar chrome grille with round air inlets that distinguish the Sierra Denali HD on the outside, along with body-color bumpers, chrome door handles, chrome accents and 18- and 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels.  The exterior is offered in three colors: Black, Stealth Gray and White.

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Designed to compete against the Ford F-250HD King Ranch and Dodge Power Wagon models at the top of the heavy-duty pickup ladder, the new Denali we drove is powered by the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 delivering 397 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 765 foot-pounds of torque down at 1,600 rpm, with a heavy-duty Allison 1000 6-speed transmission.


First Look: 2011 Sierra Denali HD

New frames, increased towing capacity.

by on Mar.10, 2010

GMC bolts the Denali badge on a heavy-duty pickup for the first time.

Conventional wisdom has it that big trucks are an endangered species.  If so, don’t tell it to Detroit makers, who’re unleashing an assortment of macho machines designed for those with serious towing and hauling needs.

Coming a month after the Chicago Auto Show debut of the new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado, General Motors’ other truck brand weighs in at the St. Louis Auto Show with the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD.  It’s the first time the Denali name has been bolted onto a heavy-duty GMC pickup.

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Along with the 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks, the Sierra Denali HD weighs in with an all-new frame and upgraded suspenion package.