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The 2011 Acadia Denali - The First Denali Crossover Ever



GMC is extending its exclusive Denali line to include the highly successful Acadia brand that defined the crossover segment

The all-inclusive Acadia Denali is the ultimate combination of space and efficiency with top-of-the-line amenities

Signature Denali cues include the honeycomb grille, chrome accents, body-color fascias and fender flares, mahogany wood steering wheel and wood accents, and lighted sill plates

DETROIT – Today GMC unveiled the 2011 Acadia Denali in Detroit. The first Denali was launched in 1999 on the Yukon brand and helped define the luxury SUV segment. With nearly half of all Yukon sales being Denali models, expanding the Denali line to include the Acadia was a logical extension. Acadia Denali will provide GMC customers with all the amenities the Denali is known for in a fuel-efficient crossover.

“The GMC Denali models have come to stand for luxury and exclusivity, and that’s just what customers will get in the new Acadia Denali,” said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. “The decision to develop an Acadia Denali was made quickly within the new GM in response to customer and dealer demand for a Denali version ever since the launch and success of the Acadia.”

The Acadia launched in 2007 as the first crossover from GMC, with segment-leading fuel economy and innovative features. An exclusive SmartSlide System allows easy access to an adult-sized third row with available seven- or eight- passenger seating configurations. Fold-flat second- and third-row seats allow flexible passenger and cargo configurations of the best-in-class interior space. Acadia’s refined styling, impressive fuel efficiency, and confidence-inspiring safety features made it an immediate success and ideal platform to build upon for a Denali model.

The 2011 Acadia Denali goes on sale in the third quarter of 2010. It is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models, as well as seven- and eight-passenger configurations. The standard 3.6L direct injected V-6 contributes to an EPA highway rating of 24 mpg with FWD models.

The Acadia Denali will stand out with its signature Denali design cues highlighted by the mono-color exterior and chrome honeycomb grille, a feature on all GMC Denali models. It also wears a number of specific exterior design cues, including:

Unique lower front and rear fascias

High-intensity discharge headlamps

Body-color lower cladding and rocker moldings

Body-color rear fascia and fender flares

Unique body-side moldings with chrome accents and Denali badges

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Further distinction comes with 20-inch, two-tone chrome-clad wheels. The six-spoke wheels feature black chrome spoke inserts set against bright chrome.

The Acadia Denali is offered in five exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, Carbon Black, Red Jewel Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat.

Luxury amenities

Acadia Denali delivers all the luxury and refinement that are hallmarks of the Denali line. It includes a number of exclusive design, comfort and convenience features including:

Premium acoustics - laminated glass, triple door seals, and liquid applied sound deadeners

Perforated leather seats with matching leather door panel trim

Heated and cooled driver and passenger seats

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mahogany wood inserts

Complementary wood grain finish on the instrument panel and center stack

Enhanced accent lighting in the footwells

Chrome, lighted sill plates with the Denali logo

Dual SkyScape sunroof system, with sliding front sunroof and fixed rear section

Head-up display (HUD)

Additional content includes:

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Navigation system including XM NavTraffic (available)

Bluetooth connectivity


Rear-seat DVD entertainment system, with roof-mounted flip-down screen (available)

Premium audio system with USB port and Bose 10-speaker sound system

XM Satellite Radio

Rearview camera system

Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory

Remote vehicle start

GMC capability

Acadia Denali is powered by a 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine with VVT that optimizes performance and fuel economy, while also reducing emissions – including a 25-percent reduction in cold-start emissions. Engine performance is enhanced by the advanced six-speed automatic transmission. The maximum towing capacity is a class-leading 5,200 pounds (2,364 kg).

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Actually I'm much more into sports cars, and much more into GM's sedans, Camaro, Cobalt SS, etc.

But market segment by market segment, the crossovers are IMHO GM's best product in comparison to the competition. IMHO no one else even comes remotely close.

I even have thoughts about vintage Jaguars when I look at the Enclave...GM just nailed that one.

That Arcadia Denali is just utterly killer, imho. GM really did a top notch top drawer effort with this, and it shows.

If the baby Buick comes out nearly this good...hmmm...


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Love it, but I was hoping for a 5.3L V8 or a twin-turbo 3.6L setup. Actually if I was in the market for a large CUV, the Acadia Denali (FWD) and Enclave CXL (FWD) would be at the top of my list.

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I was hoping for a Terrain-inspired update for the front end. I usually do not like cladding, but this looks good to me, the front end looks less fishy to me. I like it.

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i suppose we can repay uncle sam if enough folks bleed that much cash for it.....

I'll take an Ecoboost MKt or Flex at that level of cash.

It gets durned close to (fat ugly) Q7 territory at those prices.....

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Seems catered to the Real Housewives of New Jersey set..

I dunno man, I'm not sure this would appeal to a Prostitution-Whore.

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If I were to spend that much more I would just get the Buick.

This vehicle is the answer to a question that I don't think anyone asked.

At $0K plus you would have to be nuts just for some extra bling. If they wanted to make it a good value it needed more HP in some form.

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The wheels aren't bad...I don't care for the front lower fascia. I do like how they kept the Acadia's horizontal headlights and relatively small grille, rather than tack on an oversized Terrain style grille.

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I do like how they kept the Acadia's horizontal headlights and relatively small grille, rather than tack on an oversized Terrain style grille.


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