After showing off its blinged up and decked out 2013 GMC Terrain Denali in New York in March, the truck maker has finally decided to attach a price to it: $35,350, including $825 destination and handling. For that price of entry, you’ll find the premium midsize crossover equipped with a the tried and true 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive sold in far more pedestrian versions of the Terrain. So where does the extra cash go?
First, to the interior, where it’s adorned with better-quality leather, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and a new soft-touch dashboard exclusive to the Denali version of the midsize crossover. It also comes with forward collision alert waning sensors and lane departure warning—optional in lesser variants of the Terrain. The Denali also gets an exclusive rear cross traffic alert system and blind zone warning to further heighten the passenger safety—or pester them into submission with the litany of bright, flashing lights and warning bells going off in the interior. Fortunately, they can all be deactivated.
Under the sheetmetal, the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali is also endowed with smoother dual-flow dampers for the front suspension that other Terrain models don’t get. And on the outside, the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali features a Norelco-inspired grille and other accents that bring its look upscale. Eighteen-inch wheels come standard, versus 17-inchers with lower models.
For $37,100, the Terrain Denali comes equipped with all-wheel drive. In either case, an extra $1,500 will land shoppers a much more powerful 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine—far surpassing the oftentimes sluggish-feeling 264-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 found in the 2012 model. The extra fare also includes an upgrade to 19-inch wheels in the Denali. The 3.6-liter V-6 will replace the 3.0-liter V-6 throughout the Terrain’s lineup.
All told, with the optional Color Touch Navigation, trailer package, and other accessories available, the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali will nip just shy of $40,000, a good bit of change higher than the standard model’s $26,385 price tag. GMC believes it has a product people want, joining the Yukon, Sierra, and Acadia with its new premium Denali package. We’ll see this fall when it goes on sale.