2013 GMC Terrain Denali: First Look

By Colin Bird  on March 14, 2012

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For the first time since its introduction in 2010, the GMC Terrain will be offered in a Denali trim level. The 2013 model year also brings a new engine to the Terrain: A 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission replaces the 3.0-liter V-6 as the optional engine. A four-cylinder remains standard. Fuel economy for the new V-6 is pegged at 17/24 mpg city/highway, exactly the same as the outgoing power plant.

The Denali trim is known for its luxury features — such as a chrome honeycomb grille and large chrome wheels — that are on other GMC vehicles.

The Terrain Denali comes with 18- or 19-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, body-colored bumpers, chrome rocker panels, dual chrome exhaust outlets (V-6 models) and other chrome accents, the carmaker says. In the cabin, the model gets more soft-touch materials, dashboard stitching and wood accents along the dash and steering wheel. As far as we know, this is the only Terrain to have a wood trim option. Leather upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable seat for the driver and passenger are standard.

Like all Terrains, the Terrain Denali comes standard with a color touch-screen and backup camera. The forward collision alert and lane departure warning system, optional on SLT-2 Terrains, are standard on the Denali. A power liftgate is also standard.

The Terrain Denal is available both with the V-6 powertrain and a standard 182-hp four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available with either engine.

Pricing for the 2013 Terrain Denali and Terrains equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 will be announced later this year. The new Terrain is expected to go on sale this summer.

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