2011 GMC Acadia Denali: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

In August 2010, GMC launched the 2011 Acadia Denali in Detroit. The first model of the Denali series was introduced in 1999 on the Yukon brand. Because most Yukon sales can be attributed to the Denali series, it was only right to include the Acadia Denali in the lineup of the prestigious SUV.

GMC Acadia Denali is known for being a complete package— providing consumers a luxurious driving experience with a fuel-efficient vehicle. As GMC Product Marketing Director Lisa Hutchinson puts it, the car has “come to stand for luxury.” Basically, GMC wanted to provide the customers what they want and the company succeeded in doing just that.

GMC unveiled the Acadia in 2007 as its first ever crossover, which was known for its fuel-efficient and high technology features. The seven-to-eight-seater Acadia was developed with a SmartSlide System that creates easy access to an adult-sized third row.

The foldable second and third row seats paved the way for flexible passenger configurations. The Acadia took pride in its world-class interior styling and improved safety features. The 2011 Acadia Denali officially rolled out in the markets during the third quarter of 2010.

It was made available in front-wheel and all-drive units and in seven-seater or eight-seater capacity. It had a standard 3.6 L directly injected V-6 engine with VVT that added to its 24 mpg EPA highway rating with FWD models.

Moreover, the monochromatic exterior and its honeycomb grille highlighted its Denali nature. Other Denali classic exterior design cues included the unique lower front and rear fascias, dual chrome exhaust tips, unique body-side moldings equipped with chrome accents and Denali badges, high-intensity discharge headlamps, and body-color rear fascia and fender flares and lower cladding and rocker moldings.

The Acadia also came with distinctive 20-inch, two-tone chrome-clad wheels. The six-spoke wheels had black chrome spoke inserts along with bright chrome. Customers had five colors to choose from: Carbon Black, Quicksilver Metallic, Red Jewel Tintcoat, Summit White, and White Diamond. Its engine was made for fuel efficiency, high performance, and reduced emissions. Additionally, cold-start emissions were reduced by 25%.

The advanced six-speed automatic transmission of the Acadia specifically enhanced its overall engine performance. The vehicle had a maximum towing capacity of 2,354 kg or 5,200 pounds. Its front and rear tracks, measuring 67.28 inches or 1,709 mm in width, and its wheelbase, measuring 118.90 inches or 3,021 mm in length, gave the Acadia a lower center of gravity (COG).

Moreover, this led to a smooth and stable ride, improving driving comfort. The independent front and rear suspensions of the Acadia enriched the smoothness of the ride and allowed a more responsive road experience.

The front suspension sported a MacPherson strut design along with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and aluminum knuckles. Meanwhile, the rear suspension had a compact H design. The Acadia had isolated mounting points that minimized noise and vibration.

Press Release

The 2011 Acadia Denali - The First Denali Crossover Ever

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).

A long, 118.9-inch (3,021 mm) wheelbase and wide 67.28-inch (1,709 mm) front/rear tracks give it a lower center of gravity and enable smooth, stable ride and handling for driving comfort. Independent front and rear suspensions enhance smoothness and deliver a more responsive driving experience. The front suspension features a MacPherson strut design, with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and aluminum knuckles, while the rear suspension uses a compact, state-of-the-art linked “H” design. Isolated mounting points help reduce noise and vibration.

The suspension is tuned specifically for the Acadia Denali’s 20-inch wheels and the available AWD system enhances dry-road handling and provides increased traction on wet, snow and ice-covered roads. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard, as are the following features:

StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology
Traction control system
Tire pressure monitoring system
Acadia Denali is covered by GM’s five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Warranty and three-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper warranty – the best coverage in America.


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