GM announced today that the production of the 2011 GMC Acadia Denali began at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant. Set to arrive at U.S. dealerships in late September, the new 2011 Acadia Denali will be priced from $43,220, excluding destination charges.
GMC will offer consumers the exclusive Denali trim line on the award-winning Acadia, and the new car comes with a new lower front and rear fascias, high-intensity discharge headlamps, body-color lower cladding and rocker moldings, unique body-side moldings with chrome accents and Denali badges and dual chrome exhaust tips.
The design is completed by the new 20-inch wheels as well as by the new five exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, Carbon Black, Red Jewel Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat. Under the hood the car is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Acadia's interior has a lowered and nestled control panel that augments the sense of openness in the front-row and offers an amazing view. Every interior component features superior, low-glossed materials. Added professional-level features include signature GMC red gauge lighting, thickened door glass, flat-blade windscreen wipers, and cleverly placed sound-deadening material to lessen road and wind noise.
The interior configuration can fit seven or eight passengers. The second row can come with a 60/40-split bench (for three passengers) or two captain's chairs (for two passengers). The exclusively GM Smart Slide is standard on both second-row options and creates ample space for third-row passengers to enter and exit.
Acadia also has sizable cargo space, which includes about 117 cu. ft. (3,313 L) with folded-down second- and third-row seats and about 19.7 cu. ft. (557.9 L) behind the third-row when it's upright – a far cry from what its competitors are able to offer.
Acadia has a broad range of practical optional and standard features, such as heated outside mirrors, tri-zone temperature control system, intermittent rear wiper, ultrasonic parking assistance, power liftgate, wide-range remote vehicle starting system, heated windshield washer fluid, an over-sized dual SkyScape sunroof, DVD entertainment and navigation system, and a Bose 5.1 Surround Sound Audio system. Acadia also provides a select heads-up display projecting instrument readouts and other information onto the windscreen for convenient, eyes-on-the-road reference.
Comprehensive safety system
The Acadia has a complete safety system designed to protect occupants before, during, and after an accident. Its sturdy structure and independent four-wheel suspension improve safety by creating ride and handling stability. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system - with rollover prevention tech - and GM's tire pressure monitoring system come standard.
Acadia has six air bags as standard: two dual-stage frontal air bags, two seat-mounted side-impact air bags in the first row and two roof-rail air bags covering all three rows. The roof-rail air bags are among the longest in any production automobile.
Along with the air bags is GM's rollover sensing system that activates the roof-rail air bags if sensors detect a possible crash. Also, the first-row has safety belt pretensioners that activate immediately upon a crash to remove any slack in the safety belt and keep the occupants in place.