2013 GMC Terrain Denali packs a larger V-6
A larger, more powerful V-6 engine will be the centerpiece of an upscale Denali version of the 2013 GMC Terrain crossover, General Motors said last week.
The Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain's platform sibling, also is expected to get the new 3.6-liter engine option for the 2013 model year. A GM spokesman wouldn't confirm those plans.
The 2013 Terrain goes on sale this fall. Pricing has not been announced.
GM said the new 3.6-liter V-6 is rated at 301 hp and 272 pounds-feet of torque. It replaces a 3.0-liter V-6 used in the 2012 Terrain.
That engine is rated at 264 hp and 222 pounds-feet of torque. The V-6 will continue to be paired with GM's 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission.
GM says that in spite of the bigger engine, the V-6-equipped 2013 GMC Terrain will get the same fuel economy as the 2012 V-6 model: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive version and 16/23 mpg for the all-wheel-drive version.
GM will continue to use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine for base versions of the Terrain.
The Denali trim will be offered on Terrains with either the four- or six-cylinder engine. Four-cylinder Terrain Denalis get 18-inch wheels. Those with the V-6 will be equipped with 19-inch wheels.
The move is another step in GMC's plan to expand the Denali trim to all the vehicles in its lineup.
GMC sells seven models with Denali trim. Design elements of the Denali trim package include a chrome grille, body-color rocker panels with satin chrome trim and redesigned front and rear lights.
Inside, the Terrain Denali gets black leather on the seats and door inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents, and power front seats.
All Terrain Denalis will have a touch-control radio with technology to connect to the Internet through a user's mobile phone, plus forward collision warning and lane departure warning technologies. Navigation and rear-seat entertainment systems are options.