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The Terrain Denali by GMC is ‘Soccer mom van’ at its best. I am not sure if they are aiming for that tag, or marketing it that way, but it definitely seems so.

GMC’s exclusive infotainment technology called IntelliLink aims to keep the kids in one place, quiet, while mommy rides them. From the Entertainment system at the back replete with head sets and a remote control, to the spacious trunk, this would be a parent’s delight.

The Entertainment system in the GMC Terrain Denali

The Entertainment system in the GMC Terrain Denali

Remote control and headsets

Remote control and headsets

The remote control and headsets come with the car

The remote control and headsets come with the car

Spacious trunk

Spacious trunk

Check out the virtual tour of the car’s interior:

The specs and info on the GMC Terrain Denali provided to us by the car dealer:

  • Terrain Denali model has 18-inch and 19-inch wheels, eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat,Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • More powerful 3.6L V-6 with 292 hp and 367 Nm of torque, with the same rated fuel economy as the previous 3.0L V-6
  • IntelliLink infotainment system
  • Color Touch Navigation with IntelliLink
  • Universal home remote
  • Safety Package with Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Park Assist
  • Exterior colors: Atlantis Blue Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Ashen Grey Metallic and Iridium Metallic
  • Inside, Terrain Denali’s cabin updates are highlighted by soft-touch Jet Black leather, which lines the seats and door inserts. Contrast stitching and red accent lighting contribute to an inviting interior. Other Denali-exclusive interior details include:
    • Soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with smoked mahogany wood accents
    • Embossed Denali logos on front seatbacks
    • Smoked mahogany wood trim accents
    • Denali illuminated front sill plates
    • Eight-way power driver and passenger seat
    • Standard sunroof.

New dual-flow dampers are exclusive to the Terrain Denali’s suspension system. This technology provides a smoother ride and improved handling by controlling suspension dampening across a broader range of driving conditions.

Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are standard on Terrain Denali. They use the industry’s first single-camera crash-avoidance system to visually and audibly warn drivers when a collision is imminent or the vehicle crosses a lane marker. Also standard are Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which help avoid collisions by using radar to watch spots the driver may not be able to see – and provide visible and audible warnings.

Convenience features, including a programmable power liftgate, are included on Terrain Denali. At the touch of a button, owners can access the vehicle’s 1809.4 litres of cargo space (behind the first row), while a memory function stops the liftgate at a chosen height to help shorter drivers or accommodate low garage heights.

Terrain design and exterior features

Terrain offers a commanding view of the road and strikes a balanced, athletic stance that is characterized by bold, muscular fender flares. The surfacing is angular yet refined, with a strong front-end appearance that features precise, squared-off edges accented with chrome.

Additional exterior features include:

  • Body-color mirrors and door handles on SLE and SLT-1
  • Chrome Package on SLT-2 with chrome door handles, mirror caps and luggage rails
    • Fog lamps are standard on all models
    • Projector-beam headlamps and foglamps are standard on all models
    • Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels are standard on SLE and SLT-1 models
    • Eighteen-inch chrome-clad wheels are standard on SLT-2 and available on SLE-2 and SLT-1
    • Nineteen-inch chrome-clad wheels are available on SLE-2 and SLT models with the 3.6L engine
    • Programmable power liftgate that can be set to open to a lower height to clear garage obstructions or make it easier to reach for those of shorter stature.

Terrain exterior colors include: Quicksilver Metallic, Onyx Black, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Carbon Black Metallic, Summit White, Gray Green Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Atlantis Blue Metallic and Iridium Metallic.

Terrain Denali is offered exclusively in Quicksilver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Carbon Black Metallic, Summit White and Iridium Metallic.

Terrain has a premium interior influenced by industrial sculpture, with contrasting stitching and fine materials that create a structured look throughout the cabin. A “floating” center stack, highlighted by warm, ambient lighting, houses ergonomic comfort and convenience controls.

The standard and segment-exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat can be moved fore or aft nearly 200 mm, providing increased passenger comfort or greater rear cargo capacity, while the 60/40-split rear seat back offers additional configurations for passengers and cargo. The rear cargo area offers 894 liters of storage, as well as one of the Terrain’s four auxiliary power outlets.

GMC IntelliLink brings infotainment technology to the Terrain. IntelliLink extends the information and entertainment by integrating the capability of a smartphone into the vehicle so that hand-held phones may be safely stowed while driving. IntelliLink features:

  • Upgraded USB connectivity adds the ability to play music files directly from flash memory devices, and gives the customer the ability to update IntelliLink with future feature enhancements.

New for 2013 is GMC’s color touch navigation radio, with touch-screen control that incorporates all of the IntelliLink features and more. It is available on SLE-2, SLT models and Terrain Denali.

Additional interior features include:

  • Automatic climate control is standard on SLE-2, SLT models and Denali
  • Color touch radio with seven-inch touch-screen display, USB and auxiliary inputs is standard on all models
  • Premium Pioneer sound system with subwoofer and amplifier is standard on SLE-2, SLT models and Denali
  • Rear-seat entertainment system is available on SLT-2 and Denali
  • Ambient lighting around the door handles, center console and cup holders is standard on all models
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats are standard on SLT models and Denali and available SLE-2.
  • Tilting and telescoping steering column is standard on all models
  • Universal home remote is standard on SLT-2 and Denali and available on SLT-1
  • A sunroof is standard on SLT-2 and Denali.

Interior color choices include Jet Black, Light Titanium and Brownstone. Terrain Denali is offered exclusively in Jet Black.

Chassis and suspension

Terrain is built on a body-integral structure with single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel. These elements create a solid, quiet driving experience.

The strong structure supports a four-wheel independent suspension system that – with a long, 2,857mm wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks – contributes to car-like ride and handling traits. The long wheelbase and wide tracks reduce body roll for a more stable driving experience.

Additional features include:

  • Rack-mounted ZF electric power steering gear on 2.4L-equipped models; hydraulic power rack-and-pinion steering on 3.6L V-6-equipped models
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control helps keeps the vehicle in its intended path in the event of an emergency maneuver
  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes with traction control.

The GMC Terrain is built on a solid structure that includes strategic applications of high-strength steel to protect occupants in the event of a crash. And it is equipped with safety features designed to avoid crashes or protect occupants in the event of one, including:

  • Six standard air bags including dual frontal air bags, head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags
  • Stardard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control and rollover mitigation.The StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control and rollover mitigation is designed to improve vehicle stability on most road surfaces, especially during emergency maneuvers.
  • Standard rear-vision camera that helps drivers identify objects behind the vehicle
  • Standard tire pressure monitoring system
  • Forward collision alert is standard on SLT-2 and Denali and available on SLE-2 and SLT-1
  • Lane departure warning is standard on SLT-2 and Denali and available on SLE-2 and SLT-1
  • Side Blind Zone Alert is standard on Denali
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert is standard on Denali.

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