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2013 GMC Terrain Denali Debuts with New 3.6L V-6

Offers distinctive style along wîth new technology and safety features

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

'Denali is growing fast,' said Tony DiSalle, Ú.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 efficiency

With the introduction of the Terrain Denali, GMC also announced a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine wîth 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 high-strength connecting rods save additional weight.

Terrain's standard Ecotec 2.4-liter I-4 wîth direct injection and continuously variable valve timing is also available for buyers lòòking to combine Denali's high-end appointments wîth a best-in-class 32 highway mpg (2WD model). Front-wheel drive is standard on Terrain Denali, wîth 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 wîth the 2.4L engine feature 18-inch wheels, while the V-6 engine is paired wîth 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 wîth satin chrome molding

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 182 hp
Torque: 172 ft-lbs

Engine : 3.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 301 hp
Torque: 272 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
• 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 wîth French stitching

• Leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth 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 wîth many of GMC's leading technologies, including a color touch radio wîth 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 wîth Gracenote music database technology.

Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are standard on Terrain Denali. They use the '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 wîth every new GMC, the Terrain Denali comes wîth 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 on-sale date in the third quarter of 2012.

Source - GMC

2013 Terrain's New V-6 Proves Itself on Test Track

• New 3.6L has more power and more torque, same fuel efficiency

When the 2013 Terrain goes on sale later this year, its optional 3.6L V-6 will make it the quickest, most powerful iteration yet of GMC's small SÚV. After final testing, engineers confirm the new engine delivers 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.7 seconds.

'Straight-line acceleration to 60 in under seven seconds is a great proof point for the 2013 Terrain, but the benefit this engine upgrade has for drivers goes much deeper,' said Essy Ipakchian, lead development engineer for the Terrain. 'They'll notice improved passing power wîth fewer downshifts, as well as stronger towing performance.'

The SAE-certified 301-horsepower, 3.6L engine uses technologies like direct injection and continuously variable valve timing to deliver power and torque gains accompanied by EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings that are equal to its predecessor – 17/24 mpg for front-drive models and 16/23 mpg when paired wîth Terrain's all-wheel drive system.

Torque output is rated at 272 lb-ft, a gain of 22.5 percent. Towing capacity for the Terrain V-6 is rated at 3,500 pounds.

'This new 2013 Terrain engine delivers the uncompromised performance our customers desire,' said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. 'It's the most powerful V-6 the brand has ever produced, and our engineers deserve credit for achieving that without sacrificing fuel economy.'

Terrain's 3.6L engine replaces the current 3.0L V-6 in the third quarter of 2012 wîth the arrival of 2013 models. It will be available as a standalone, $1,500 option on SLE-2, SLT-1, and SLT-2 models.

For the all-new 2013 Terrain Denali luxury small SÚV, the V-6 will be a $1,750 option that also includes upgraded 19-inch chrome-clad wheels.

Source - GMC

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