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.