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    New York 2012: GMC Terrain Denali



    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    March 15, 2012

    It only seems like a year ago when we got our hands on some spy shots of a GMC Terrain Denali mule running around metro Detroit. Well fast forward to today and General Motors is unveiling the Terrain Denali, almost a month before the New York Auto Show.

    The big news for the Terrain Denali comes in the powerplants. The stalwart 2.4L four-cylinder sticks around as the base. But the optional 3.0L V6 bids adieu and in its place is the 3.6L DI V6 producing 301 HP and 272 lb-ft of torque. GM says the 3.6 will deliver the same fuel economy as the 3.0L while providing more power. And the 3.6L will not be a Denali only option. GM confirms the 3.6L will make its way to the Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox.

    The Terrain Denali also gets new dual-flow dampers which provides provides a smoother ride and improved handling.

    Like all other Denalis, the Terrain Denali gets cosmetic changes for both the exterior and interior. For the exterior, the changes 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)
    • 18-Inch Wheels on the 2.4L, 19-Inch Wheels on the 3.6L

    Step inside and you’re greeted with,

    • Soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching
    • Soft-touch Jet Black leather with Red accent 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
    • GMC’s Intellilink Infotainment System

    The Terrain also fitted with a standard forward collision alert and lane departure warning that uses an industry first single-camera crash-avoidance system to warn drivers when a collision is imminent or the vehicle crosses a lane marker. Also, standard is side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert.

    General Motors will announce pricing and sale date later on in the year.

    Press Release is on Page 2


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

    Offers distinctive style along with new technology and safety features

    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.

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    LOVE the new engine, that V6 rocks!!! :metal:

    Over all, I like a number of the updates they have done to this, but I still stand by my past posts that this Denali version on every GMC vehicle is OVERKILL and Dilutes the Denali Elite level.

    They have gone overboard again on excessive chrome. If the really wanted this to be done right, use this awesome engine on a Black Chrome Edition and call it the Typhoon Edition.

    Better yet would be to have this engine Turbo charged into th upper 300HP range with Black Chrome accents with only Black, Maroon or dark red and white as the option colors and call it the

    Terrain Typhoon Edition or T.T.E.

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    Great I just buy one on Tuesday and they anounce this the next day. That is ok I have been keeping up with this and while the improvments are nice I have many of these same options in the new one already. The extra Chrome and wood means little to me. The engine would have been nice but I am sure the price mark up will make my 3.0 just fine. To be honest I have had no issue with the present engine as it does what it needs to do in this kind of vehicle.

    To me this is really not a vehicle I would want to turn into a performance vehicle. It is nice but it is very heavy. GM has much better vehicles they could invest in and make into a performance vehicle.

    Even with the 301 HP the numbers will not be much higher than what the 3.0 already is. If you note the SRX times they represent similar numbers to the gain in performance.

    Either way I feel it is a smart move for GMC here as while I too hate the Denali everything this should prove to be a very profitable model. Adding a lot of low cost add ons to a very popular vehicle and charging a much greater price should bring in a good amount of income for GM's already profitable line.

    I went out for a spin last night and the more I drive it the more I find how much more of a Luxury feel this has. It feels much more upscale than it is. The Nox I drove were the LT versions and they just did not have the same feel about them. They felt good but not as upscale. I expect the LTZ would feel more like mine.

    FYI the Collision Alert was the first thing we shut off. Anoying little bastard! I need to check into it as I think you can adjust it. This thing was going off on the narrow back roads even if you did not cross a line.

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    HyperV6, I agree that the Ninny warnings are a pain in the butt and most people if they cannot adjust them to be less intrusive, they will end up turning them off.

    I hate all this crap about we have to protect you from you.

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    HyperV6, I agree that the Ninny warnings are a pain in the butt and most people if they cannot adjust them to be less intrusive, they will end up turning them off.

    I hate all this crap about we have to protect you from you.

    I would rather have had the money they invested in this in a little better material on the door panel. The dash has a nice feel to it. The door panels look nice but they are a little hard in the plastic department.

    Over all the interior is a very comfortable enviroment.

    The rear sonic back up is ok. It may save my wife. The Video camera is more of a novalty to me. I just feel more comfortable with the mirrors. I just thank God GM has not gotten into to this auto park crap. If you can park a car you should not be behind the wheel.

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    HyperV6, I agree that the Ninny warnings are a pain in the butt and most people if they cannot adjust them to be less intrusive, they will end up turning them off.

    I hate all this crap about we have to protect you from you.

    I would rather have had the money they invested in this in a little better material on the door panel. The dash has a nice feel to it. The door panels look nice but they are a little hard in the plastic department.

    Over all the interior is a very comfortable enviroment.

    The rear sonic back up is ok. It may save my wife. The Video camera is more of a novalty to me. I just feel more comfortable with the mirrors. I just thank God GM has not gotten into to this auto park crap. If you can park a car you should not be behind the wheel.

    Hey Hyperv6, I totally agree. The amount of people who say they cannot parrallel park makes me think they should not be driving. If they cannot take the time to learn to be responsible on basic parking or lane changes, backup camera's etc. These people need to have their license revoked.

    Driving is a privilage you earn by showing you can be responsible. The adults who do not look and back over their kids, change lanes and hit other cars, freak out about having to learn to parrallel park are the ones we want off the road anyway. It is sad that others have gotten hurt, but if you cannot be responsible enough to be alert to your job of driving, then you need to give it up.

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    I don't think they went far enough to separate the regular SLE/SLT Terrain from the Denali Terrain in terms of exterior styling (really, just the holey-grille, new rims, chrome bling on the tail lights and lower rocker panels?). Then the fact that you can get a Denali with FWD and the 4-cylinder engine? That to me just has abandoned the whole move-up Denali concept!! I blame the Acadia Denali for this, as the engine in that model is the same as the other Acadia SL/SLE/SLT models (I do realize that there is no V8 engine to put in them, unless the 5.3L V8 fits). While I'm glad GM/GMC is keeping the current generation of the Terrain fresh in the consumer's minds, I will say PASS to this model myself.

    Definitely a CHEERS though to the new optional V6 engine for all Terrain models - the 3.6L V6 is a great engine to add to these Theta-based vehicles.

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    I agree that they did less than I expected with this model. But the Arcadia is not the only wall the SRX also is an issue here. If they add too many features and drive the price up too much people will just move to the SRX. GMC has to play that ever changing middle ground till GM evolves Cadillac and Chevy to the places they will be. Once Cadillac transforms into the higher end product they want it will expand the area Buick and GMC has to play in.

    I think they needed to add things like duel zone climate control and make the read entertainment option standard. They needed to add standard features not just more chorme.

    I still ponder if they will eliminate the SLT option and just replace it with the Denali. Or even yet just ofter the SLT 1 and replace the SLT2 with the Denali.

    I am just glad they did not over do the outside and make it look a little too tarted up. They already have a very tasteful use of chome and I hate to see them muck it up. More is not always better.

    The question on buying the Denali is will it be worth the price to get the 3.6 as other than the chome you can get the rest for the most on the present car. If they make the 3.6 available on the SLT then there is no way it would be worth a premium just for the lighted rockers plates.

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    The 3.6L V6 is replacing the 3.0L V6 on both the Terrain and Equinox as the upgraded engine. However, you can get the 2.4L 4-cylinder or 3.6L V6 in the Terrain Denali too, so really I think the name "Denali" will be the draw to this model.

    I don't think GMC did enough with the interior or exterior of the Terrain Denali. It looks like a tarted up SLT-2 model... with the chrome bling on the tail lights, satin chrome on the rocker panels (which explains the picture we saw last year with the holes on the rocker panel), and the holey-grille known on all Denali models. Some aero rocker panels, new front & rear bumpers different from the regular Terrain, standard AWD and 3.6L V6 might have made a difference in my opinion of this new model (that is the formula applied to the Sierra and Yukon Denal'is, and to an extent the Acadia Denali {I'm not sure if AWD is standard or optional, and there is no other engine available on the Acadia}). The wood and "Denali" name added to the interior of the Terrain Denali did not go far eneough. A Denali-specific interior color pallette should have been used... otherwise, what makes the interior of the Denali different from the SLT-2??

    This to me is a half-hearted effort to keep sales momentum going for the Terrain model. It definitely has not caught my desires, though in fairness while I like the SLT-2 Terrain I do not like it enough to want to buy one of those either.

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    I expect the 3.6 to take over the 3.0.The $1000 off on the 3.0 now was claimed to be because of a shortage of 2.4 engines. Well that may be the case since they will be changing over to the 2.5 in the future but the money will help clear out the 3.0 too.

    While the 3.6 will be an improvment it will be a small one. With this kind of vehicle a gain like this helps but then again it is not a canyon carver either.

    For the Denali they needed to add things like Heads Up displays and duel zone climate controls. Standard V6 AWD and some other trick items that could not be found on a SLT or any other Terrain.

    As for us we wanted the extras that the SLT offered and with the price we got it was not a bad buy for a vehicle. Either way the wife is happy with hers and the more I have driven ours I have found it to be much more the vehicle than I had expected. It feels more like a truck than a car. But what I mean by that it feels like a good truck like a Sierra but with a better ride.

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    Don't get me wrong hyperV6, I think the Terrain is a great vehicle for GMC to have and it offers an entry level vehicle to consumers (that's not really an "entry level" kind of vehicle). I'm just disappointed with the new Denali model, as I was expecting it to be a bit more different than the non-Denali models. If the Terrain sat higher, was roomier across the 2nd row (I have a 20-month old in a car seat, a 6-year old in a booster seat, and a 17 year-old that find the Envoy's 2nd row tight at times), and offered a little more cargo space - I would be all over one as I find the exterior styling great.

    Same with the current Acadia Denali... I think it's horrible looking (from pictures of the '13 model, I'm more impressed with it). I am not a fan of the current Acadia Denali as I think they went too bling with that model and it looks atrocious. I don't feel quite the same with the Terrain Denail, but here I think they could have done a little more to the exterior.

    For the Denali they needed to add things like Heads Up display and dual zone climate controls. Standard V6, AWD and some other trick items that could not be found on a SLT or any other Terrain.

    Agree 100%

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    Now that I have done a lot of looking around of late I am finding the Terrain is not so much a entry level vehicle. They even call it a compact SUV but it really is not. While it is not fully a mid size it is a far cry from the car like CRV and RAV 4. GM kind of shot the gap here and tried to give a bigger more upscale product and get away with calling it compact. This is why in many coparo's they love the big SUV things about it but kill it on weight and price. They rave on the ride and the features like the power gate few of the others have but complaine the on the things that come with price and size.

    The SUV class is not just one class of customers. They have the large medium and small but there are subsets to mid and small classes. Not every one wants one that feels like a truck but also not everyone wants one that feeels like a Forester either.

    My Terrain with the V6 and upgraded package feels more like a Yukon vs Minivan. I would bet many non car type people would be hard pressed to tell it if was FWD, AWD or RWD. It sits up high even with the low step in.

    While the Envoy was nice it also had many flaws too. The LWB one was a styling nightmare. Most people I know who have or still do own one like it but never really fell in love with it.

    As for size needs that is up to who ever is buying I have one kid and dog to put in the back and a wife who has to haul displays and other items for the Library and just could not fit them in the trunk of a Regal turbo. This one work for us with no issues. If you need more room the Arcadia has plenty. My Wife drove one and it was nice but she said I don't need or want anything this big.

    As for styling that is subjective. The present Terrain and Arcadia I feel are fine. The new Arcadia is even better with the best of the Terrain and Outlook styling added on.

    As for the Denali. I am fine with the outside as the Arcadia to me has too much bling. It looks like a bad conversion van. I do think if they are going to jack the price of the Terrain they need to give it some better hardware on the inside like heads up and other trick features. Haldex AWD?

    I just fear the Denali may become a pimp mobile and not much else.

    GMC pretty much has left the entry to the Nox. While shopping the Terrain most were loaded SLT or SLE models while the Nox we found were most times the lesser LT models with a few LTZ's for the few that buy them. These twins my be similar at the heart but they both have a different feel to them. It is hard to discribe but the Terrain feel more truck like and Higher value vs the Chevy that is more car like feeling and value market like.

    Keep in mind I am a new convert here. I hated the Terrain when I first saw it and had no interest in it what so ever. The wifes liking of it got me to take a real good look at it and the more I looked the more I found it was not just a rebaged Nox. GM did a good job disguising these two from each other to feel and look different and appeal to different kinds of buyers. Like I said there are more than one kind of buyer in this segment and they both are doing their job to appeal to the two different groups.

    Anyways do a first week review on ours soon and cover how this vehicle has converted me from a hater to someone who now loves it more with every mile driven. I told the wife I was glad she picked this one out as I would have overlooked it.

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      ATPs growing three times faster than industry pace Acadia, Canyon, Yukon XL and Yukon were up 17 percent, 15 percent, 3 percent and 26 percent, respectively More than 25 percent Denali penetration for the brand Sierra had its highest ATP ever at $46,876 Canyon had its best October ever Acadia had its best October ever Yukon had its best October since 2007 and 14th month of year-over-year growth Yukon XL had its best October since 2007 Buick
      Best October since 2003 and best year to date since 2005 LaCrosse was up 13 percent with new model off to a strong start Envision had best month since launch Cadillac
      Escalade retail sales up year to date more than 6 percent October ATP was a record $55,058, up more than $2,300 from last October Record year to date ATP of $53,542 Year-to-date retail luxury market share in line with 2015 performance Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives
      GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $36,155 in October, more than $4,650 above the industry average in October and more than $1,000 above last October GM’s October incentive spending as a percentage of ATP was 11.7 percent, below the industry average of 11.8 percent, but down 1.4 percentage points from last month and well below many other competitors Fleet and Commercial
      Commercial fleet up 13 percent vs. September, and up 3 percent, selling day adjusted, YOY Malibu up 95 percent compared to last October Mid-size trucks up 218 percent compared to last October Federal Government sales up 53 percent Rental down 19 percent for October, and 29 percent year to date, according to plan Industry Sales
      GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in October was approximately 18.0 million units. On a calendar year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light-vehicle SAAR was 17.4 million units
    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page GMC has been expanding their off-road offerings with the All Terrain X package for the Canyon and Sierra 1500. Today, GMC announced that the All Terrain X package will be available for the 2017 Sierra 2500HD.
      The package adds the Z71 off-road suspension with Rancho shocks, Eaton automatic locking rear differential, underbody shield for the transfer case, a set of Goodyear off-road tires with an aggressive tread pattern, and 18-inch off-road wheels finished in black. Outside, the Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X features a body-color grille surround, side-steps finished in black, spray-in bedliner, and a sport bar mounted in the bed for lights.
      You'll be able to choose from either a 6.0L Vortec V8 engine (360 horsepower, 380 pound-feet) or the brand new 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V8 (445 horsepower, 910 pound-feet of torque).
      GMC says the Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X will be available later this year. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
      Source: GMC
      Press Release is on Page 2
      GMC Introduces Sierra HD All Terrain X
      Third model in brand’s X series offered with all-new Duramax 6.6L diesel AUSTIN, Texas — GMC today introduced the 2017 Sierra HD All Terrain X, the most off-road-capable model in the Sierra HD lineup, and one that matches its enhanced capability with trail-ready style and the brand’s signature refinement.
      It joins Canyon and Sierra 1500 this fall as the third model in GMC’s distinctive, limited-edition All Terrain X series, offered on the Sierra 2500HD crew cab 4WD with a 6.0L gas V-8 engine or the all-new, next-generation Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel. More powerful than ever, the new Duramax delivers a segment-topping SAE-certified 445 hp (332 kW) and an SAE-certified 910 lb.-ft. of torque (1,234 Nm).
      “The new Sierra HD All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular trend in very capable off-road trucks, executed with a range-topping level of refinement — a combination of attributes GMC has cultivated for years,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “And with the new, available Duramax 6.6L, this truck more than matches its bold good looks with true professional-grade capability.”
      The All Terrain X’s customized appearance blends a premium package of monochromatic exterior trim and special equipment, complemented with GMC’s latest technologies. Content includes:
      18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels LT275/65R18 Goodyear Duratrac MT-rated tires that feature an aggressive tread pattern for outstanding off-road performance A unique body-color grille surround with All Terrain insert Body-color door handles and bodyside moldings Black power-adjustable heated and power-folding trailering mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED rear guidance lamps and LED amber clearance lamps Black belt moldings, front bumper skidplate and B-pillars 4-inch black sport side steps Black sport bar (mounted in the bed) designed to support available GMC Accessories LED off-road driving lamps Offered in Black Onyx and Summit White exterior colors Additional All Terrain equipment includes a spray-on bedliner, Front and Rear Park Assist, the Z71 off-road suspension package, underbody shield, heated steering wheel and all-weather floor liners. The Eaton automatic locking rear differential is also standard.
      The 2017 Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X also features GMC IntelliLink with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, Teen Driver, remote-locking tailgate, remote starting system, Rear Vision Camera, adjustable pedals, leather-appointed seats, heated front seats and wireless charging.
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    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page GMC has been expanding their off-road offerings with the All Terrain X package for the Canyon and Sierra 1500. Today, GMC announced that the All Terrain X package will be available for the 2017 Sierra 2500HD.
      The package adds the Z71 off-road suspension with Rancho shocks, Eaton automatic locking rear differential, underbody shield for the transfer case, a set of Goodyear off-road tires with an aggressive tread pattern, and 18-inch off-road wheels finished in black. Outside, the Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X features a body-color grille surround, side-steps finished in black, spray-in bedliner, and a sport bar mounted in the bed for lights.
      You'll be able to choose from either a 6.0L Vortec V8 engine (360 horsepower, 380 pound-feet) or the brand new 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V8 (445 horsepower, 910 pound-feet of torque).
      GMC says the Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X will be available later this year. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
      Source: GMC
      Press Release is on Page 2
      GMC Introduces Sierra HD All Terrain X
      Third model in brand’s X series offered with all-new Duramax 6.6L diesel AUSTIN, Texas — GMC today introduced the 2017 Sierra HD All Terrain X, the most off-road-capable model in the Sierra HD lineup, and one that matches its enhanced capability with trail-ready style and the brand’s signature refinement.
      It joins Canyon and Sierra 1500 this fall as the third model in GMC’s distinctive, limited-edition All Terrain X series, offered on the Sierra 2500HD crew cab 4WD with a 6.0L gas V-8 engine or the all-new, next-generation Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel. More powerful than ever, the new Duramax delivers a segment-topping SAE-certified 445 hp (332 kW) and an SAE-certified 910 lb.-ft. of torque (1,234 Nm).
      “The new Sierra HD All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular trend in very capable off-road trucks, executed with a range-topping level of refinement — a combination of attributes GMC has cultivated for years,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “And with the new, available Duramax 6.6L, this truck more than matches its bold good looks with true professional-grade capability.”
      The All Terrain X’s customized appearance blends a premium package of monochromatic exterior trim and special equipment, complemented with GMC’s latest technologies. Content includes:
      18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels LT275/65R18 Goodyear Duratrac MT-rated tires that feature an aggressive tread pattern for outstanding off-road performance A unique body-color grille surround with All Terrain insert Body-color door handles and bodyside moldings Black power-adjustable heated and power-folding trailering mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED rear guidance lamps and LED amber clearance lamps Black belt moldings, front bumper skidplate and B-pillars 4-inch black sport side steps Black sport bar (mounted in the bed) designed to support available GMC Accessories LED off-road driving lamps Offered in Black Onyx and Summit White exterior colors Additional All Terrain equipment includes a spray-on bedliner, Front and Rear Park Assist, the Z71 off-road suspension package, underbody shield, heated steering wheel and all-weather floor liners. The Eaton automatic locking rear differential is also standard.
      The 2017 Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X also features GMC IntelliLink with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, Teen Driver, remote-locking tailgate, remote starting system, Rear Vision Camera, adjustable pedals, leather-appointed seats, heated front seats and wireless charging.
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    • By William Maley
      Over the weekend, General Motors published and then deleted the power figures for the new 6.6L Duramax Diesel V8 that would be appearing in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD. Today at the Texas State Fair, GM revealed everything about this new engine.
      We'll begin with the most important detail, power output. The numbers that GM revealed match the numbers posted to their powertrain site - 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the current Duramax V8, the new engine produces 48 more horsepower and 145 more pound-feet of torque.
      How was GM able to pull this off? They basically went through the engine with a fine tooth comb and made various changes. GM says 90 percent of this engine has been changed. Some of the changes include new electronically controlled, variable-vane turbocharger, revised cylinder heads, improved cooling, and revised fuel delivery system. The updated Duramax can also run B20 bio-diesel.
      Figures for payload and towing will be announced at a later date.
      Source: Chevrolet, GMC
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      DALLAS — Chevrolet today announced the redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel offered on the 2017 Silverado HD. This next-generation redesign offers more horsepower and torque than ever — an SAE-certified 445 horsepower (332 kW) and 910 lb.-ft. (1,234 Nm) — to enable easier, more confident hauling and trailering.
      Along with a 19 percent increase in max torque over the current Duramax 6.6L, the redesigned turbo-diesel’s performance is quieter and smoother, for greater refinement. In fact, engine noise at idle is reduced 38 percent.
      “With nearly 2 million sold over the past 15 years, customers have forged a bond with the Duramax diesel based on trust and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The new Duramax takes those traits to higher levels.”
      The new Duramax 6.6L shares essentially only the bore and stroke dimensions of the current engine and incorporates a new, GM-developed control system. The Duramax’s signature low-rpm torque production hasn’t changed and still offers 90 percent of peak torque at a low 1,550 rpm and sustains it through 2,850 rpm.
      “Nearly everything about the Duramax is new, designed to produce more torque at lower rpm and more confidence when trailering or hauling,” said Gary Arvan, chief engineer. “You’ll also notice the refinement improvements the moment you start the engine, and appreciate them as you cruise quietly down the highway — with or without a trailer.”
      Additional highlights include:
      New, stronger cylinder block and cylinder heads New, stronger rotating and reciprocating assembly Increased oil- and coolant-flow capacity New EGR system with single cooler and integrated bypass New electrically actuated/electronically controlled turbocharging system All-new advanced solenoid fuel system All-new electronic controls New full-length damped steel oil pan that contributes to quietness New rocker cover/fuel system acoustical treatments B20 bio-diesel compatibility SAE-certified 445 net horsepower (332 kW) at 2,800 rpm SAE-certified 910 net lb.-ft. of torque (1,234 Nm) at 1,600 rpm A new, patent-pending vehicle air intake system — distinguished on the Silverado HD by a bold hood scoop — drives cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures during difficult conditions, such as trailering on steep grades. Cooler air helps the engine run better under load, especially in conditions where engine and transmission temperatures can rise quickly. That allows the Duramax to maintain more power and vehicle speed when trailering in the toughest conditions.
      The intake design is another example of the advanced integration included in the 2017 Silverado HD that makes it over-the-road capable.   
      A strong foundation
      As with previous versions, the new Duramax block features a strong cast-iron foundation known for its durability, with induction-hardened cylinder walls and five nodular iron main bearings. It retains the same 4.05-inch (103mm) and 3.89-inch (99mm) bore and stroke dimensions as the current engine, retaining the Duramax’s familiar 6.6L (403 cu.-in./6,599 cc) displacement.
      A deep-skirt design and four-bolt, cross-bolted main caps help ensure the block’s strength and enable more accurate location of the rotating assembly. A die-cast aluminum lower crankcase also strengthens the engine block and serves as the lower engine cover, while reducing its overall weight.
      The new engine block incorporates larger-diameter crankshaft connecting rod journals than the current engine, enabling the placement of a stronger crankshaft and increased bearing area to handle higher cylinder loads.
      An enhanced oiling circuit, with higher flow capacity and a dedicated feed for the turbocharger, provides increased pressure at the turbo and faster oil delivery. Larger piston-cooling oil jets at the bottom of the cylinder bores spray up to twice the amount of engine oil into oil galleries under the crown of the pistons, contributing to lower engine temperature and greater durability.
      A new, two-piece oil pan contributes to the new Duramax’s quieter operation. It consists of a laminated steel oil pan with an upper aluminum section. The aluminum section provides strength-enhancing rigidity for the engine, but a pan made entirely of aluminum would radiate more noise, so the laminated steel lower section is added to dampen noise and vibration.
      There’s also an integrated oil cooler with 50 percent greater capacity than the current engine’s, ensuring more consistent temperatures at higher engine loads.
      Segment firsts
      Re-melt piston bowl rim Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator Closed-loop glow plug temperature control Stronger pistons with remelt
      A tough, forged micro-alloy steel crankshaft anchors the new Duramax’s stronger rotating assembly. Cut-then-rolled journal fillets contribute to its durability by strengthening the junction where the journals — the round sections on which the bearings slide — meet the webs that separate the main and rod journals.
      The connecting rods are stronger, too, and incorporate a new 45-degree split-angle design to allow the larger-diameter rod bearings to pass through the cylinder bores during engine assembly. They’re forged and sintered with a durable powdered metal alloy, with a fractured-cap design enabling more precise cap-to-rod fitment. 
      A new, stronger cast-aluminum piston design tops off the rotating assembly. It features a taller crown area and a remelted combustion bowl rim for greater strength. Remelting is an additional manufacturing process for aluminum pistons in which the bowl rim area is reheated after casting and pre-machining, creating a much finer and more consistent metal grain structure that greatly enhances thermal fatigue properties.
      Additionally, the Duramax’s pistons don’t use pin bushings, reducing reciprocating weight to help the engine rev quicker and respond faster to throttle changes.
      Lightweight cylinder heads, solenoid injectors
      The redesigned engine retains the Duramax’s signature first-in-class aluminum cylinder head design, with six head bolts per cylinder and four valves per cylinder. The aluminum construction helps reduce the engine’s overall weight, while the six-bolt design provides exceptional head-clamping strength — a must in a high-compression, turbocharged application.
      A new aluminum head casting uses a new double-layer water core design that separates and arranges water cores in layers to create a stiffer head structure with more precise coolant flow control. The heads’ airflow passages are also heavily revised to enhance airflow, contributing to the engine’s increased horsepower and torque.
      The Duramax employs a common-rail direct injection fuel system with new high-capability solenoid-type injectors. High fuel pressure of 29,000 psi (2,000 bar) promotes excellent fuel atomization for a cleaner burn that promotes reduced particulate emissions. The new injectors also support up to seven fuel delivery events per combustion event, contributing to lower noise, greater efficiency and lower emissions. Technology advancements enable less-complex solenoid injectors to deliver comparable performance to piezo-type injectors.
      Electronically controlled, variable-geometry turbocharging system
      A new electronically controlled, variable-vane turbocharger advances the Duramax’s legacy of variable-geometry boosting. Compared to the current engine, the system produces higher maximum boost pressure — 28 psi (195 kPa) — to help the engine make more power, and revisions to enhance the capability of the exhaust-brake system.
      Along with a new camshaft profile and improved cylinder head design, the Duramax’s new variable-vane turbocharger enables the engine to deliver more power with lower exhaust emissions. It uses a more advanced variable-vane mechanism, allowing a 104-degree F (40 C) increase in exhaust temperature capability. The self-contained mechanism decouples movement from the turbine housing, allowing operation at higher temperature. That enables the engine to achieve higher power at lower cylinder pressure. Additionally, it has lower internal leakage, allowing more exhaust energy to be captured during exhaust braking.
      The integrated exhaust brake system makes towing less stressful by creating added backpressure in the exhaust, resulting in negative torque during deceleration and downhill driving, enhancing driver control and prolonging brake pad life.
      Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator
      A new Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator employed with the Duramax 6.6L is the first of its type in the segment and is designed to ensure oil control in sustained full-load operation. The totally sealed system collects the fine mist of oil entrained in the blow-by gas and uses a small portion of the boosted air generated by the turbocharger to pump the collected oil back to the engine oil sump for re-use by the engine. Less sophisticated systems are not able to return this oil during full-load operation, which can result in oil carryover into the cylinders during combustion.
      Cold Start System
      The new Duramax also provides outstanding cold-weather performance, with microprocessor-controlled glow plugs capable of gas-engine-like starting performance in fewer than 3 seconds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F (-29 C) without a block heater. The system is enhanced with ceramic glow plugs and automatic temperature compensation — a first-in-class feature providing improved robustness and capability. The automatic temperature compensation assesses and adjusts the current to each glow plug for every use, providing optimal temperature for cold start performance and durability.     
      Electronic throttle valve and cooled EGR
      Unlike a gasoline engine, a diesel engine doesn’t necessarily require a throttle control system. The Duramax 6.6L employs an electronic throttle valve to regulate intake manifold pressure in order to increase exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) rates. It also contributes to smoother engine shutdown.
      Additionally, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system enhances performance and helps reduce emissions by diverting some of the engine-out exhaust gas and mixing it back into the fresh intake air stream, which is fed through the cylinder head for combustion. This lowers combustion temperatures, improving emissions performance by reducing NOx formation.
      The exhaust is cooled in a unique heat exchanger before it’s fed into the intake stream through a patented EGR mixing device, further improving emissions and performance capability. An integrated bypass allows non-cooled exhaust gas to be fed back into the system to help the engine more quickly achieve optimal operating temperature when cold.
      B20 Biodiesel Capability
      The new Duramax 6.6L is capable of running on B20 biodiesel, a fuel composed of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel. B20 helps lower carbon dioxide emissions and lessens dependence on petroleum. It is a domestically produced, renewable fuel made primarily of plant matter — mostly soybean oil.
      Manufacturing
      The new Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine is produced with locally and globally sourced parts at the DMAX Ltd. (GM’s joint venture with Isuzu) manufacturing facility in Moraine, Ohio.
      Allison 1000 Automatic Transmission
      The proven Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission is matched with the new Duramax 6.6L. A number of refinements have been made to accommodate the engine’s higher torque capacity, including a new torque converter.
      The Allison 1000’s technologically advanced control features, such as driver shift control with manual shift feature and a patented elevated idle mode cab warm-up feature, haven’t changed. Also, the Tow/Haul mode reduces shift cycling for better control and improved cooling when towing or hauling heavy loads.
      There’s also a smart diesel exhaust brake feature that enhances control when descending steep grades.

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