General Motors has revealed that the 2013 GMC Terrain crossover, which will be available for sale this fall, will have an upscale Denali trim level as well as a more powerful and bigger V-6 engine. The move is part of GMC's plan to expand the Denali to all the automobiles in its range. The new engine displaces 3.6 liters. It is rated at 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque.
This engine replaces the 2012 Terrain's 3.0-liter V-6, which is rated at 264 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque. The new V6 will still be matched with GM's 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission. The automaker explained that even with the larger engine, the 2013 GMC Terrain will have a fuel economy of 16 mpg city /23 mpg highway for the all-wheel-drive version and 17/24 mpg for the front-drive variant. This is the same fuel economy as the 2012 V-6 model.
For the base versions of the Terrain, the automaker will continue to utilize the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. GMC dealers have revealed that they cannot meet the customer demand for the Terrains with the four-cylinder engine. In the last two months, the automaker has limited dealer orders for the four-cylinder variants of the Terrain as well as the mechanically similar Chevrolet Equinox, according to the report of Automotive News.
A GM spokesperson explained that production of the four-cylinder engine has been restricted due to a problem with a supplier part. In addition, GM has been offering an incentive of $1,000 to help sell V-6 variants of the Equinox and Terrain. Moreover, the 2013 model of the Equinox is anticipated to have the new 3.6-liter V-6 engine option, but GM has yet to confirm this plan.
The Denali trim is available on the Terrain with the four-cylinder or the six-cylinder powerplant. The four-cylinder Terrain Denali units will have 18-inch wheels while those fitted with the V-6 will have 19-inch wheels. GMC has seven models that come with the Denali trim. It has also disclosed that sales of the brand rose 79% from 2010 to 2011. Unit sales figures were not provided.