General Motors pumped up the bling at the opening press conference of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show when Tony DiSalle, vice president of marketing for GMC, took the wraps off of the two new versions of the 2013 GMC Acadia and 2013 Acadia Denali. Both sport new, more-upright exterior design, punctuated by gargantuan, squared-off grilles, more pronounced fender flares, new wheels, and signature LED running lamp illumination; the back end gets wrap-around glass, a new rear spoiler and a standard rear vision camera. Interior enhancements include upgraded materials, Internet connectivity, and an available industry-exclusive front center airbag, that adds protection for drivers and front passengers. Engineers also upgraded Acadia’s transmission and suspension.
Launched in 2007 as GMC’s first crossover, Acadia achieved its top sales in 2011; the Acadia Denali model joined on as a luxury stablemate in 2010, differentiated by more sumptuous trim and added functionality. The premium version represents about 30 percent of Acadia sales. This large crossover’s family-pleasing cockpit can be configured for 7 or 8, with a SmartSlide seating system that gives ease to the third-row. Also created with a work persona, both second- and third-row seats fold flat and can carry 48-inch-wide sheet goods, like drywall and plywood.
The 2013 GMC Acadia’s cabin sports updated soft-touch materials, beset by tailored French stitching and red ambient light. GMC’s innovative Color Touch Radio is now optional, while IntelliLink allows integration of smartphones for hands-free calling; Bluetooth streaming of Internet radio favorites such as Pandora and Stitcher; and allows voice control of USB-connected iPods to access stored music. Acadia comes standard with six months of OnStar’s Directions and Connections service. New available safety features are radar-activated Side Blind Alert and Cross Traffic Alert that provide visible and audible warnings to help avoid a collision.
All 2013 GMC Acadia models are powered by a fuel-efficient, 3.6-liter, direct injection V-6 with variable valve timing that gets 288 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trim levels; all-wheel drive is available. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The new models will go on sale later this year.
2013 Acadia Denali
The top-of-the-line 2013 Acadia Denali is updated with freshened looks inside and out, along with a collection of new premium amenities, while the crossover still carries over its contemporary distinguishing cues. Denali’s face is set off by a new, bold and eye-catching three-dimensional polished grille, along with redesigned lower front and rear fascias. In addition to unique body-color lower cladding and side molding, Denali versions get 20-inch machined wheels and dual, flow-through chrome exhaust outlets.
Inside, Denali adds aluminum accents the center console, doors and dash, as well as up-level standard comfort and safety features, such as perforated leather seating and Cocoa Dune upholstery color; a leather-wrapped steering wheel, with wood inserts and power tilt/telescope feature; heated and cooled front seats; accent lighting in the footwells and lighted sill plates with Denali logo; finger-touch-activated Color Touch navigation; Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and a Dual SkyScape sunroof system, with sliding front sunroof and fixed rear section. The 2013 Acadia Denali will go on sale late fall.