Distinctive style along with new technology and safety features
“With the addition of the top-of-the-line Denali trim level to the 2013 Terrain, all GMC vehicles now have that option.” Said Jonathan Susser, General Manager of Mike Shaw Buick GMC. “It’s a really nice upgrade for the Terrain family.”
According a recent GMC press release, GMC’s exclusive Denali sub-brand brings 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.”
In addition to the launch of the Terrain Denali, GMC is also adding a new 3.6 liter, V-6 engine with direct injection as well as continuously variable valve timing. “The six-cylinder engine is one of the biggest features of the 2013 Terrain Denali package.” said Susser.
This engine is SAE certified at 301 horsepower and 272 lb.-ft. of torque yet is predicted to provide the same fuel economy as its predecessor because of the lightweight components used to manufacture the new Terrain.
According to GMC, 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 high-strength 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.
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 soft-touch Jet Black leather, which lines the seats and door inserts. Contrast stitching and red accent lighting contribute to an inviting interior. Other Denali-exclusive 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. “A rear cross traffic alert is also available on the 2013 Terrain that notifies you of anything approaching as you are backing up.” added Susser.
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.
“Another great benefit of the new Terrain is lots and lots of leg room between the front and rear seats.” said Susser. “It might even be more than the Tahoe.”
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.
For more information on pricing and availability of the 2013 Terrain Denali and Terrain 3.6L V-6 models visit Mike Shaw Buick GMC, or go online at www.mikeshawsprings.com.