First Look: 2011 GMC Acadia Denali

By Editors on December 21, 2009 12:28 PM

GMC will add a Denali variant to its Acadia crossover for 2011, marking the first time it has used this upline designation on its full-size luxury people mover since the Acadia was introduced in 2007.

Available in the third quarter of 2010, the new Acadia Denali will offer both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations, seating for seven or eight and be powered by GM's 288-horsepower/3.6-liter direct-injected V6. Like GMC's other Denali-designated models, this new Acadia variant will feature the signature chrome honeycomb grille, supplemental brightwork bits and a monochrome exterior treatment. In addition to unique front/rear fascias, the Acadia Denali also will be fitted with body-color fender flares and sill cladding, special side moldings and dual chrome exhaust tips. Rounding out the look is a set of six-spoke, 20-inch custom wheels with black-chrome spoke inserts set against bright-chrome outers.

Inside, the Acadia Denali receives a host of visual enhancements and improved soundproofing as well as numerous comfort and convenience touches. Perforated leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats, a heads-up display, dual SkyScape sunroof, 10-speaker Bose Audio package, navigation system, XM Satellite Radio with available real-time traffic, OnStar, remote starting and a rearview camera are just of few of the key standards in its primo cabin, which also can be fitted with an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

According to Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director, the Denali-spec Acadia came about in direct response to ongoing customer and dealer demand. Today, nearly half of all Yukon sales are Denali's, and GMC expects this Acadia version to enjoy a similarly high take rate when it arrives in dealers next fall.