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

Offers distinctive style along with new technology and safety features


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NEW YORK – GMC is expanding its exclusive Denali sub-brand with the debut of the 2013 Terrain Denali, bringing a new level of style and power to the luxury small SUV.

“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.”

More power, same efficiency

With the introduction of the Terrain Denali, GMC also announced a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 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 with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing is also available for buyers looking to combine Denali’s high-end appointments with a best-in-class 32 highway mpg (2WD model). Front-wheel drive is standard on Terrain Denali, with 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 with the 2.4L engine feature 18-inch wheels, while the V-6 engine is paired with 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 with satin chrome molding
  • 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 with French stitching
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with 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 with many of GMC’s leading technologies, including a color touch radio with 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 with Gracenote music database technology.

Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are standard on Terrain Denali. They use the industry’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 with every new GMC, the Terrain Denali comes with 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.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover.  GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The new Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market.  Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.




GMC Terrain Denali; FWD and AWD

Body style / driveline:

5-passenger, 4-door SUV , front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive


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

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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


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:



(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.)

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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):
























Final drive ratio:

3.23 (FWD)
3.53 (AWD)

2.77 (FWD)
3.39 (AWD)

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independent strut-type with tuned coil springs; direct-acting stabilizer bar; hydraulic ride bushings; DFD (Dual Flow Dampeners


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)

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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

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Wheel size and type:


18-inch chrome-clad aluminum (std. with 2.4L)
19-inch chrome-clad aluminum (std. with 3.6L)


P235/55R18 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires
P235/55R19 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires

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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):


Departure angle (deg):


Breakover ramp angle (deg):


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


Seating capacity:


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

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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)

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*SAE certified.
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.



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