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SPIED: '12 GMC Terrain Denali - NO Camo!

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It looks like GM was hoping to hide this 2012 Terrain Denali in plain view today, roaming around Detroit with NO camouflage at all! Once the engineer behind the wheels saw our camera, however, he made a quick get-away!

Up front, it's very easy to see the Denali-style grille. Though we're pretty sure that grille will be chrome once this vehicle starts production. In back, we can see a new square, chrome exhaust tip.

Along the rocker panels, we can see exposed fastener holes where we assume some Denali-specific trim will eventually be installed. Bright finish, Denali wheels should also on the list.

Photo Credit: Chris Doane/Brenda Priddy & Company

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SPIED: '12 GMC Terrain Denali - NO Camo!

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It looks like GM was hoping to hide this 2012 Terrain Denali in plain view today, roaming around Detroit with NO camouflage at all! Once the engineer behind the wheels saw our camera, however, he made a quick get-away!

Up front, it's very easy to see the Denali-style grille. Though we're pretty sure that grille will be chrome once this vehicle starts production. In back, we can see a new square, chrome exhaust tip.

Along the rocker panels, we can see exposed fastener holes where we assume some Denali-specific trim will eventually be installed. Bright finish, Denali wheels should also on the list.

Photo Credit: Chris Doane/Brenda Priddy & Company

I knew it would happen! Consumers have been calling for one since the Terrain hit the dealer's lots. Now GMC will push it out to keep the Terrain line fresh. I just hope it doesn't look silly... I'd prefer GMC to put out an All-Terrain model, a'la Jeep Patriot, since the Terrain Denali can't sit much lower to the ground than the regular model already does.

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What are the indentations in the rocker panel area?

Chris, where did you shoot it? 17, 18 mile area? That Walgreens looks awfully familiar.

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What are the indentations in the rocker panel area?

Attachment points.

Chris, where did you shoot it? 17, 18 mile area? That Walgreens looks awfully familiar.

I forget. 8) Though I imagine many of the Walgreens in the nation look like that.

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SPIED: '12 GMC Terrain Denali - NO Camo!

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It looks like GM was hoping to hide this 2012 Terrain Denali in plain view today, roaming around Detroit with NO camouflage at all! Once the engineer behind the wheels saw our camera, however, he made a quick get-away!

Up front, it's very easy to see the Denali-style grille. Though we're pretty sure that grille will be chrome once this vehicle starts production. In back, we can see a new square, chrome exhaust tip.

Along the rocker panels, we can see exposed fastener holes where we assume some Denali-specific trim will eventually be installed. Bright finish, Denali wheels should also on the list.

Photo Credit: Chris Doane/Brenda Priddy & Company

I knew it would happen! Consumers have been calling for one since the Terrain hit the dealer's lots. Now GMC will push it out to keep the Terrain line fresh. I just hope it doesn't look silly... I'd prefer GMC to put out an All-Terrain model, a'la Jeep Patriot, since the Terrain Denali can't sit much lower to the ground than the regular model already does.

I don't know if making a GMC like Patriot is all that good of an idea. These are not really off road vehicles and to make them into one is not going to give you are very good off road vehicle. Even the Jeep Magazine has voted the Patriot and Compass as two of the all time 10 worst Jeeps ever and there are may that could make the list.

The Denali thing is getting a little over done. It is like Olds naming every car Cutlass. You can over do a good thing. The whole thing with the Denali concept is to juice up the car with more trim and make more profit. As long as GMC keep making more money I suspect every version will get a Denali trim. I just wish they would come up with a different name for each top level model. Name each one for a different mountain. God made a lot of them and some have some really good names.

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The Terrain has really grown on me, I think its the best looking small SUV out there and it doesn't look like the Denali trim is going to be short-gaudy like the Acadia.

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The Denali thing is getting a little over done. It is like Olds naming every car Cutlass. You can over do a good thing. The whole thing with the Denali concept is to juice up the car with more trim and make more profit. As long as GMC keep making more money I suspect every version will get a Denali trim. I just wish they would come up with a different name for each top level model. Name each one for a different mountain. God made a lot of them and some have some really good names.

This is a really excellent idea. Make it more like mercedees: AMG, BMG, CMG, DMG, EMG, FMG, HMG, etc. or like BMW does with it's top trim level: M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T. Great idea that really creates a strong association thru 'mixing it up' with a different name for each different model. I like it.

I'll go you one better. Why not make the model nameplates interchangable with 'snap-in' tags. Say you like the Sierra truck but hate the greeny association with the Sierra club. Boom! Swap on a "Terrain" or "Savana" nameplate and make it your own! Who says only the manufacturer can dictate what a model is called. Power to the people!! :metal::cheers::alcoholic::puke::wacko:

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This should be cool. But a Terrain SLT tops out at like $38k now... will this be a $40k, 4 cylinder CUV? Ballsy.

Yes... the Terrain is the best looking mini CUV out there. I hope this package doesn't cross any lines of good taste like the Acadia Denali did *shiver*.

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What are the indentations in the rocker panel area?

Attachment points.

Chris, where did you shoot it? 17, 18 mile area? That Walgreens looks awfully familiar.

I forget. 8) Though I imagine many of the Walgreens in the nation look like that.

True, but my dear Watson, there is a small detail I saw tells me where it is.

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True, but my dear Watson, there is a small detail I saw tells me where it is.

Hah, OK...but no, it was not taken in the spot you mentioned.

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I would think a lad in Mr Doane's vocation would want to remain locationless, lest a sinister F-250 find him and run him down.

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True, but my dear Watson, there is a small detail I saw tells me where it is.

Hah, OK...but no, it was not taken in the spot you mentioned.

Yes I am off.

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Unlike the Acadia (which really doesn't need anything more than the DI 3.6L, and there is nothing else possible to use now anyway), I too wonder if they'll do anything powertrain related with this one. It would be one item of differentiation that could be valid, using the DI 3.6L also...as going into the SRX for 2012.

But even that doesn't matter. The Denali line has street cred like no other, and GMC buyers clamor for the monochrome look, extra chrome, and ritzied up leather and trim inside. The Terrain will do well with it. On that note, most still prefer the DI 2.4L anyway, and for mileage ratings, that could be the option best of both worlds for many.

The Terrain is a great package, all around. Mom seems to love hers, even having replaced a Camaro.

Denali it up. People will buy. It's a GMC necessity.

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Yes... the Terrain is the best looking mini CUV out there.

Have to disagree with that. After seeing many of them, its probably the ugliest, more ungraceful thing GM has ever designed. Sure, its got machismo, but like a ugly dumptruck. When I saw that the ugly fender bulges actually cut INTO the quarters, I wanted to cry. Looks for looks, I'd rather have an Aztek. I don't think this GMC "look" will age well.

No need to rebut, I realize most of you guys are gaga over these. Unfortunately, not all of us are.

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^ Agree with SAmadei - haven't cared for the Terrain since Day 1. The fender flare treatment is one, and the 'bumper blocks' outboard of the grille are much larger (on a smaller vehicle) that the '08 Silverado's 'blocks' were/are. Those 2 cues right next to each other make it seem more 'Lego' than anything else I've ever seen. Just doesn't work for me.

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If I were to buy a small SUV thingy, the Terrain would be at the top of the list because it looks macho and NOT normal. I like the fact that it's love it or hate it and I really love the stance.

I'd also probably buy a Terrain Denali.

However, I'm worried that 'Denali' is beginning to be whored out too much. I mean, I remember when Denali meant something MORE than a quasi tacky chrome grille, big wheels and rocker panels (like an upgraded powertrain and better interior)

I just wish GM would be a little more conservative on throwing the name around so much. It's one GM sub-brand that's actually successful. We don't need to ruin things.

If it were up to me; I'm not so sure the Acadia Denali and HD Denali would exist at all. And I'll reserve judgment on the Terrain until I see it, but I'm leaning towards 'no' there as well.

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GMC should do a Canyon Denali and a Savana Denali also. A Topkick Denali would have been great had they still made it.

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The Denali thing is getting a little over done. It is like Olds naming every car Cutlass. You can over do a good thing. The whole thing with the Denali concept is to juice up the car with more trim and make more profit. As long as GMC keep making more money I suspect every version will get a Denali trim. I just wish they would come up with a different name for each top level model. Name each one for a different mountain. God made a lot of them and some have some really good names.

This is a really excellent idea. Make it more like mercedees: AMG, BMG, CMG, DMG, EMG, FMG, HMG, etc. or like BMW does with it's top trim level: M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T. Great idea that really creates a strong association thru 'mixing it up' with a different name for each different model. I like it.

I'll go you one better. Why not make the model nameplates interchangable with 'snap-in' tags. Say you like the Sierra truck but hate the greeny association with the Sierra club. Boom! Swap on a "Terrain" or "Savana" nameplate and make it your own! Who says only the manufacturer can dictate what a model is called. Power to the people!! :metal::cheers::alcoholic::puke::wacko:

See below as Someone gets it.

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However, I'm worried that 'Denali' is beginning to be whored out too much. I mean, I remember when Denali meant something MORE than a quasi tacky chrome grille, big wheels and rocker panels (like an upgraded powertrain and better interior)

I just wish GM would be a little more conservative on throwing the name around so much. It's one GM sub-brand that's actually successful. We don't need to ruin things.

If it were up to me; I'm not so sure the Acadia Denali and HD Denali would exist at all. And I'll reserve judgment on the Terrain until I see it, but I'm leaning towards 'no' there as well.

This is what my feelings are. It used to mean a Pick up with AWD not a 4x4 with the more powerful engine that you could not get on anything else. Right now it is becoming more a chrome package. It is as wrong as the SS became just a 1990's trim package. If it is just going to be a trim package rename it.

Chevy can get away with LTZ and LT as they realy don't impact a vehicles name as much as a full name like Denali. If you were to use a name with this much impact there really needs to be something there to back it up. Other wise it becomes a Malibu SS.

As for the styling it has warmed to me I still could not buy one just. The grill is too big and the fenders are just too big or square. I just can't decide which it is that just does not work for me. These features are just too big on a vehicle this small. But it has appeal different from the Nox and that is good and GM did a good job in keeping space between them. If everyone loved them both their appeal would be to a smaller group of people and they would be competing more with each other.

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The SS package (after the 1st year at least) became long associated & well-known for performance equipment. IMO, it was indeed over-used on non-performance Chevys in reference to it's association, in an era where there was seldom any performance equipment available. Yet people still plunked down a lotta cash on non-equipment SS packages. Perhaps those consumers had 'let go of the past' like you so frequently preach. ;)

Denali has a much much smaller & shorter perception footprint and it's not based strongly on equipment as much as it is on trim/finish, Sierra Denali aside. Denali is not GMC's SS. Perhaps it could be morphed into that over time to cater to us enthusiasts, but it doesn't currently have to serve that enthusiast perception. They are fantastically successful in the market, aren't they?

The plethora of 'M' badges on clearly non-M BMWs running around proves even 'enthusiast' consumers aren't that concerned with the purity of a marketing ideal as much as they are of the badge itself. BMW must be raking in the licensing fees on those badges...

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Denali has always been the Lux GMC, less to do with performance (over a standard GMC) and more to do with amenities.

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Agreed with Olds and balthazar. No disrespect intended, but Denali doesn't have 1/10 of the cache/history that SS has. I would equate Denali to the Platinum Cadillacs rather than SS Chevrolets. Remember the Sierra Denali started out as the Sierra C3 before it was added to the Denali stable, which at the time only included the Yukon.

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