Besides the 2013 Acadia, GMC also unveiled the 2013 Acadia Denali at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. This model is very important for GMC as the Denali trim represents 30 percent of Acadia sales. For the 2013MY, the GMC Acadia comes with a new three-dimensional polished grille, redesigned lower front and rear fascias, body-color lower cladding and rocker moldings, rear fasia and fender flares, new chrome accents and Denali badges, dual flow-through chrome exhaust outlets integrated into the rear fascia and 20-inch machined wheels.
The interior features perforated leather seating and Denali-specific Cocoa Dune upholstery color, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inserts and power tilt/telescope, new aluminum trim accents, heated and cooled front seats, new accent lightning in footwells and wood inserts and power tilt/telescope, a color touch navigation, Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a dual SkyScape sunroof system, with sliding front sunroof and fixed rear section.
The 2013 GMC Acura Denali comes as standard with all-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine delivering 288 horsepower (215 kW) and 270 lb-ft (266 Nm) of torque.
“When designing the new Acadia, we considered the contemporary shapes and materials GMC buyers expect from many products they buy,” said Dave Lyon, executive director of design. “The Denali’s attention to detail is the ultimate demonstration of this approach.”
The first time you see or hear something always makes you wonder no matter what part of life this applies to and the Acadia makes an excellent first impression with its strong face and prominent three-bar grille.
LEDs come as standard and both front and rear have diffused running lamps to give the Acadia that incredible sense of style. Available with HID headlamps or as the normal projector beam, the Acadia radiates technological improvements throughout many aspects.
Other touches of class include a new spoiler, the new rear glass and alloys that are available in 18, 19 and 20-inch versions.
These details enhance the way the Acadia travels even whilst stationary and enhance this strong presence. The interior has been given an upgrade and shows off the tailored French stitching, soft touch materials and the new red ambient lighting.
The SLT and Denali versions of the Acadia have aluminum touches on the dashboard, the doors and the center console.
GMC has added some exclusive touches to the Acadia including the new front center air bag which has been designed to deploy in between the driver and the front passenger to protect them both from further damage in the event of a collision. Testing has shown that this development will aid both the driver and front passenger should either side be hit.
Guy Kent, Executive Director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness at GM said it is unlikely anyone can positively anticipate every manner of collision whilst on the roads however GM is doing its best to ensure its safety systems, including its new front air bags, seat belts or other air bags, will protect the drivers and passengers from the very worst of it.
The Acadia Denali and SLT will also come with the new Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems. These new advancements help to protect driver and passenger by using radar to look for blind spots and/or give warning before a collision.