2013 GMC Terrain Denali unveiled, model gets new 301-hp 3.6 liter V6

General Motors Corporation (GMC) has just taken the wraps off of the new 2013 Terrain Denali, which will make its public debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

“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.”

Along with the GMC Terrain Denali, GMC announced that the model will be getting a new 3.6 liter V6 direct-injected engine, replacing the current 3.0 liter V6 for the 2013 model year. The engine outputs 301-hp with a maximum torque of 272 lb-ft, but is expected to deliver fuel economy figures that are equal to its predecessor. Those buying a 2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder model of the Terran can also get a Denali version. Front-wheel drive is standard on Terrain Denali and all-wheel drive is available for both engines. However, the Terrain Denali does get exclusive dual-flow dampers providing a smoother ride and better handling.

So what about the looks? The 2012 GMC Terrain Denali gets the trim’s 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 and dual chrome finish exhaust outlets (single outlet on 2.4L). Inside its gets soft-touch Jet Black leather, contrast stitching, red accent lighting, soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel with smoked mahogany wood accents, embossed Denali logos on front setbacks, smoked mahogany wood trim accents, Denali illuminated front sill plates and 8-way power driver and passenger seat.

The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali also comes standard with the IntelliLink infotainment system, which gives you access to Bluetooth, internet apps such as Pandora and Stitcher and iPod connectivity. Safety wise, the Terrain Denali comes standard with forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert.

Pricing and and availability of the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali will be announced closer to launch date.

2013 GMC TERRAIN DENALI SPECIFICATIONS

Overview

Models: GMC Terrain Denali; FWD and AWD
Body style / driveline: 5-passenger, 4-door SUV , front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive
Construction: welded galvanized steel (except roof) monocoque
EPA vehicle class: compact sport utility vehicle
Manufacturing location: Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Key competitors: Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe

Engines

Type: 2.4L DOHC I-4 DI 3.6L DOHC V-6 DI
Displacement (cu in / cc): 145 / 2384 217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.46 x 3.86 / 88 x 98 3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material: cast aluminum cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC, four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Compression ratio: 11.2:1 11.5:1
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
182 / 136 @ 6700* 301 / 224 @ 6500*
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 172 / 233 @ 4900* 272 / 369 @ 4800*
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded or E85 ethanol with federal emissions regular unleaded or E85 ethanol with federal emissions
Emissions controls: close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor
EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): 22 / 32 (FWD)
20 / 29 (AWD)
17/ 24 (FWD, est.)
16 / 23 (AWD, est.)

Transmission

Type: Hydra-matic 6T45 six-speed automatic electronically controlled with electronic range select Hydra-matic 6T70 six-speed automatic electronically controlled with electronic range select
Gear ratios: (:1):
First: 4.58 4.48
Second: 2.96 2.87
Third: 1.91 1.84
Fourth: 1.44 1.41
Fifth: 1.00 1.00
Sixth: 0.74 0.74
Reverse: 2.94 2.88
Final drive ratio: 3.23 (FWD)
3.53 (AWD)
2.77 (FWD)
3.39 (AWD)

Chassis/Suspension

Front: independent strut-type with tuned coil springs; direct-acting stabilizer bar; hydraulic ride bushings; DFD (Dual Flow Dampeners
Rear: independent four-link with coil springs and trailing arm; stabilizer bar; hydraulic link bushings
Steering type: rack-mounted electric power steering with 2.4L; hydraulic power rack-and-pinion with 3.6L
Steering ratio: 17.4:1 (2.4L)
17.5:1 (3.6L)
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: 2.90 (2.4L with 18-inch wheels)
2.80 (3.6L with 19-inch wheels)
Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):
40.0 / 12.2 (with 18-inch wheels)
42.6 / 13 (with 19-inch wheels)

Brakes

Type: power front and rear vented discs, standard anti-lock brakes
Rotor diameter x thickness
(in / mm):
front: 12.6 x 1.18 / 321 x 30
rear: 11.9 x 0.78 / 303 x 20
Total swept area (sq in/mc^2): front: 68.4/441
rear: 50.5/326

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type: 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum (std. with 2.4L)
19-inch chrome-clad aluminum (std. with 3.6L)
Tires: P235/55R18 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires
P235/55R19 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm): 112.5 / 2857
Overall length (in / mm): 187.8 / 4771
Overall width (in / mm): 72.8 / 1850
Overall height (in / mm): 66.3 / 1684
Track (in / mm): front: 62.9 / 1598
rear: 62.1 / 1578
Approach angle (deg): 15.2
Departure angle (deg): 23.5
Breakover ramp angle (deg): 16.7
Minimum ground clearance
(in / mm):
6.9 / 174
Ground to rear load floor (in / mm): 28.8 / 731.2
Curb weight, base (lb / kg): 3893 / 1766
Weight distribution (front / rear): 56 / 44

Interior

Seating capacity: 5
Headroom (in / mm): front: 39.8 / 1012
rear: 39.2 / 995
Legroom (in / mm): front: 41.2 / 1046
rear: 37.2 / 946
Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 55.7 / 1416
rear: 55.3 / 1404
Hip room (in / mm): front: 54.6 / 1387
rear: 51.3 / 1304

Capacities

EPA interior volume (cu ft / L): 127.2 / 3602
Passenger volume (cu ft / L): 99.6 / 2820
Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
Maximum behind rear seat:
Maximum behind front seat:
31.1 / 881
63.9 / 1810
GVWR, standard (lb / kg): FWD 2.4L: 4960 / 2250
AWD 2.4L: 5070 / 2300
FWD 3.6L: 5203 / 2360
AWD 3.6L: 5291 / 2400
Payload, base (lb / kg): 1146 / 520
Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg): 1500 / 680 (2.4L)
3500 / 1588 (3.6L)
Fuel tank (gal / L): 18.8 / 71.1 (2.4L)
20.9 / 79.1 (3.6L)
Engine oil (qt / L): 5 / 4.7 (2.4L)
6 / 5.7 (3.6L)
Cooling system (qt / L): 8.2 / 7.8 (2.4L)
10.8 / 10.2 (3.6L)

– By: Omar Rana