2013 GMC Ter­rain De­nali de­buts with new 3.6L V-6

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GMC is ex­pand­ing its ex­clu­sive De­nali sub-brand with the de­but of the 2013 Ter­rain De­nali, bring­ing a new level of style and power to the lux­ury small SUV.

“De­nali is grow­ing fast,” said Tony Disalle, U.S. vice pres­i­dent of GMC Mar­ket­ing. “With seven dif­fer­ent mod­els, sales for this brand within a brand in­creased 79 per­cent from 2010 to 2011. With this in mind, the decision to cre­ate a more-up­scale Ter­rain was an easy one.”

More power, same eff iciency

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the Ter­rain De­nali, GMC also an­nounced a new 3.6-liter V-6 en­gine with di­rect in­jec­tion and con­tin­u­ously vari­able valve tim­ing will re­place the cur­rent 3.0-liter V-6 en­gine in Ter­rain lineup for the 2013 model year. SAE cer­ti­fied at 301 horse­power (224 kw) and 272 lb.-ft. (369 Nm) of torque, this en­gine makes more power and torque, but is ex­pected to de­liver fuel econ­omy equal to its pre­de­ces­sor.

The new V- 6 uses light­weight com­po­nents that con­trib­ute to the Ter­rain’s fuel ef­fi­ciency while boost­ing its horse­power. An in­te­grated cylin­der head/ex­haust man­i­fold de­sign saves about 13 pounds com­pared to a non-in­te­grated de­sign, while a com­pos­ite in­take man­i­fold saves about 5.5 pounds vs. an alu­minum in­take. Ad­di­tion­ally, a light­weight struc­tural front cover and high­strength con­nect­ing rods save ad­di­tional weight.

Ter­rain’s stan­dard Ecotec 2.4-liter I-4 with di­rect in­jec­tion and con­tin­u­ously vari­able valve tim­ing is also avail­able for buy­ers look­ing to com­bine De­nali’s high-end ap­point­ments with a best-in-class 32 high­way mpg ( 2WD model). Front-wheel drive is stan­dard on Ter­rain De­nali, with all-wheel drive avail­able for both en­gines.

New dual-flow dampers are ex­clu­sive to the Ter­rain De­nali’s sus­pen­sion sys­tem. This tech­nol­ogy pro­vides a smoother ride and im­proved han­dling by con­trol­ling sus­pen­sion damp­en­ing across a broader range of driv­ing con­di­tions. Sig­na­ture de­sign cues In­side and out, the 2013 Ter­rain De­nali fea­tures high-end de­tails. Mod­els with the 2.4L en­gine fea­ture 18-inch wheels, while the V-6 en­gine is paired with 19-inch wheels. Other De­nali-spe­cific ex­te­rior fea­tures in­clude: • Sig­na­ture chrome grille • Satin chrome ac­cents • Body color front and rear fas­cias • Body color rocker pan­els

with satin chrome mold­ing • New head­lamp and tail­lamp

designs • Dual chrome fin­ish ex­haust out­lets (sin­gle out­let on 2.4L) Ter­rain De­nali’s cabin up­dates are high­lighted by soft­touch Jet Black leather, which lines the seats and door inserts. Con­trast stitch­ing and red ac­cent light­ing con­trib­ute to an invit­ing in­te­rior. Other De­naliex­clu­sive in­te­rior de­tails in­clude: • Soft-touch in­stru­ment panel

with French stitch­ing • Leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel with smoked ma­hogany wood ac­cents • Em­bossed De­nali lo­gos on

front seat­backs • Smoked ma­hogany wood trim ac­cents • De­nali il­lu­mi­nated front sill plates • Eight- way power driver and pas­sen­ger seat

Class-lead­ing tech­nol­ogy

Ter­rain De­nali comes stan­dard with many of GMC’S lead­ing tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing a color touch ra­dio with In­tel­lilink. This new in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tures a re­con­fig­urable home screen; in­tu­itive voice com­mands; Blue­tooth smart­phone in­te­gra­tion; con­trol of stream­ing in­ter­net ra­dio apps such as Pan­dora and Stitcher; and ipod con­trols with Gra­cenote mu­sic data­base tech­nol­ogy.

For­ward col­li­sion alert and lane de­par­ture warn­ing are stan­dard on Ter­rain De­nali. They use the in­dus­try’s first sin­gle-cam­era crash-avoid­ance sys­tem to visu­ally and au­di­bly warn driv­ers when a col­li­sion is im­mi­nent or the ve­hi­cle crosses a lane marker.

In ad­di­tion, side blind zone and rear cross traf­fic alert help avoid col­li­sions by us­ing radar to watch spots the driver may not be able to see – and pro­vide vis­i­ble and au­di­ble warn­ings.

Con­ve­nience fea­tures, such as a pro­gram­mable power lift­gate, are stan­dard on Ter­rain De­nali. At the touch of a but­ton, own­ers can ac­cess the ve­hi­cle’s 63.9 cu­bic feet of cargo space (be­hind the first row), while a mem­ory func­tion stops the lift­gate at a cho­sen height to help shorter driv­ers or ac­com­mo­date low garage heights.

Avail­able tech­nolo­gies in­clude color touch nav­i­ga­tion and a rear-seat en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem.

As with ev­ery new GMC, the Ter­rain De­nali comes with six free months of Ons­tar’s Di­rec­tions and Con­nec­tions plan. It in­cludes Au­to­matic Crash Re­sponse, Turn-by-turn Nav­i­ga­tion, road­side as­sis­tance, emer­gency ser­vices link, stolen ve­hi­cle as­sis­tance and re­mote door un­lock.

Pric­ing and avail­abil­ity of the 2013 Ter­rain De­nali and Ter­rain 3.6L V-6 mod­els will be an­nounced closer to the on­sale date in the third quar­ter of 2012.

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