2013 GMC Terrain Denali

The Denali trim level, which will sit at the top of the Terrain lineup, follows the same formula as other Denali-spec GMC models, bundling upscale appointments into a subtly jazzed-up body. The Denali will be available with both the four-cylinder engine and the V-6, and with front- or all-wheel drive. It also gets dual-flow dampers as standard for better ride and handling across a wider range of driving conditions; for now, this feature is exclusive to the Terrain Denali. Outside, there’s the same chrome cheese-grater grille up front and satin-chrome body accents that can be found on other GMC Denalis. The head- and taillight designs are unique to the Denali as well. Four-cylinder models ride on 18-inch wheels, while six-cylinder versions get 19-inch rollers.

Unlike the under-the-radar exterior, the Denali’s cabin is what really sets it apart from lesser Terrains. Jet Black leather covers the seats and door-panel inserts, and the steering wheel and dashboard feature “smoked mahogany” wood trim. The dashboard pad and gauge cluster hood get contrasting red French stitching, while the seats and doors are stitched non-Gallic-ly. Eight-way power front seats are standard, and both get embossed “Denali” logos on the seatbacks. The Terrain Denali comes loaded with touch-screen audio interface with GM’s IntelliLink; a front collision alert; lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring systems; rear-cross traffic alert system; and a power tailgate. Options will include a rear-seat entertainment system and touch-screen navigation.

Pricing for the 2013 Terrain and Terrain Denali will be released closer to the cars’ on-sale date later in 2012.

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By Alexander Stoklosa