The 2013 GMC Terrain will get the full-on Denali treatment for the new model year, adding plenty of upscale creature comforts, Denali-exclusive style upgrades and “the longest list of advanced safety features ever for a GMC.” Of course, the Terrain Denali also will receive a Denali-esque price increase: Drivers can currently get into the entry-level Terrain for $25,560, but the Denali model will start at $35,350. And that’s with an I4 engine and front-wheel drive. Choosing all-wheel drive requires an additional $1,750, with a further bump of $1,500 necessary to enjoy the Terrain’s advanced V6.
Still, even at that price point, the Terrain Denali will undercut the smaller Audi Q5 by a few hundred dollars and cost more than $3,000 less than the also smaller BMW X3. The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali is slated to go on sale later this year, but readers can keep on clicking for an early peek at what the new vehicle has to offer.
2013 GMC Terrain Denali: The View from 20,320 Feet
The word “Denali” means “The High One” in the Koyukon language spoken by a small group of native Alaskans, and while the term is their name for the peak better known as Mt. McKinley, it’s also an ideal moniker for GMC products that offer a high level of premium amenities.
Thus, the Terrain Denali will showcase the kind of appearance enhancements found on the rest of the Denali lineup, such as a sophisticated honeycomb grille, model-specific chrome highlights, a soft-touch interior with leather trim, and up-level wheel choices. GMC then deploys a full suite of customer-satisfying standard technologies, including:
- Forward collision alert and lane-departure warning, enabled by an industry-first single-camera crash-avoidance system
- Exclusive side blind-zone and cross-traffic alerts
- A rear-view camera setup
- The GMC IntelliLink voice-controlled infotainment and connectivity system, with Bluetooth functionality and apps for Pandora and Stitcher Smart Radio
- A programmable power rear liftgate
- Dual-flow front dampers for a comfortable yet engaging driving experience
A color touchscreen navigation system, towing package, and a variety of cargo-management resources, including roof rails, are among the Terrain Denali’s options.
The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali is expected to arrive in dealerships in the third quarter of 2012.