DETROIT – The 2013 Buick Enclave luxury crossover arrives at dealerships soon, and already is garnering praise from some critics. The Texas Auto Writers Association named Enclave the “Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas” after testing the industry’s newest models. In what the organization called “an enormously competitive category,” Enclave came out ahead of Audi, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and other competitors.
Buick and GMC combined for three individual crossover category wins. Enclave won “Full-size Luxury Crossover,” the 2013 GMC Acadia won “Full-size Crossover” and the 2013 GMC Terrain won “Mid-size Crossover.”
“These latest awards for Enclave, Acadia and Terrain come from one of the nation’s largest and most-important vehicle markets,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick and GMC Marketing. “Texas drivers are also some of the most demanding – especially when it comes to utility vehicles – so this is high praise.”
Enclave and Acadia are the first two of nine new Buick and GMC models being introduced in the next nine months. The 2013 Terrain launched earlier this year with a new optional 301-horsepower, 3.6L V-6 and a new Denali trim level.
“This truck is more faithful than man’s best friend,” said Ernie Perham. “It’s outlived two of my dogs and may do the same for my third.”
Perham, a 66-year-old Vietnam War Veteran, drives a Fort Wayne Assembly-produced black, 1990 GMC Sierra that just turned over 414,000 miles. According to Perham, he hasn’t had to touch the inside of the engine, which is still original.
“It runs great – in fact, I’ll be hauling all my woodworking and shop equipment back from Texas in it.”
Perham has owned the truck since 1994 when he bought it from a friend. This past spring, he sent Fort Wayne Assembly the original customer survey form that he found in the glove box along with a letter. Plant employees were thrilled to discover that his vehicle was still “truckin’” and invited him to stop by the plant if he was ever in the neighborhood during his travels between New Hampshire and Texas. He contacted plant officials last week and said he’d be driving through on Tuesday.
“I love GM vehicles – it’s just great to see how efficient an operation you have here at Fort Wayne Assembly.”
Fort Wayne Assembly builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks.
DETROIT – GMC today announced pricing for the Terrain Denali, a luxury small SUV that goes on sale in the third quarter of this year. With the longest list of advanced safety features ever for a GMC, a fuel-efficient 2.4L I-4 and front-wheel drive, the Terrain Denali will cost $35,350, including an $825 destination charge.
Optional all-wheel drive raises the base price to $37,100, while a V-6 can be paired with either drivetrain for an additional $1,500. New for 2013, Terrain’s 3.6L V-6 uses direct injection and continuously variable valve timing to produce a class-leading 301 horsepower, as well as improved torque for stronger passing and towing performance. The cost of the V-6 also includes an upgrade from 18- to 19-inch chrome-clad wheels.
Terrain Denali’s standard safety systems include forward collision alert and lane departure warning, as well as Denali-exclusive side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert.
Forward collision alert and lane departure warning 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 without a turn signal engaged.
Side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert help avoid collisions by using radar to watch spots the driver may not be able to see – and provide visible and audible warnings. When another vehicle is in the Terrain’s blind zone, a yellow icon is illuminated on either side view mirror. Rear cross traffic alert displays warnings on the in-cabin connectivity screen, which also displays footage from Terrain’s standard rear view camera.
Along with unique exterior and interior styling, the Denali model’s standard features include luxuries not offered on any other Terrain model, including an eight-way power front passenger seat and the added comfort of dual-flow dampers for the front suspension.
Other standard technology and convenience features include Intellilink, GMC’s voice-controlled infotainment system with Bluetooth smartphone integration and apps like Pandora and Stitcher Smart Radio, a programmable power lift gate, and Homelink integrated garage door opener controls.
With so many standard features, Terrain Denali’s options list is short. A trailering package, the aforementioned 3.6L V-6, Color Touch Navigation, and organization accessories like a rear cargo cover, a cargo convenience net and luggage crossbars are available at additional cost.
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GMC has a hit on its hands with the Denali trim, but for some reason the brand's most popular crossover still hasn't donned the signature chrome grille. That will change for the 2013 model year with the introduction of the 2013 Terrain Denali.
The freshly minted Terrain Denali will of course feature a chrome front grille, 19-inch wheels (V6 model only), satin chrome accents, body color rocker panels and front and rear fascias, new headlight and taillights and a dual exhaust. The top Terrain will also receive a high-end interior, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mahogany wood accents, a soft-touch instrument panel with French stitching, Denali-embossed leather seats and illuminated Denali sill plates.
The biggest news for the Denali is the introduction of a more powerful 3.6-liter V6, which will replace the 3.0-liter V6 across the Terrain lineup. The larger V6 will output 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, or 37 hp and 50 lb-ft more than the 3.0-liter. And if you're thinking fuel economy will suffer as a result, think again. The added power will result in the same fuel economy as the torque-deficient 3.0-liter, with 24 miles power gallon on the highway and 17 mpg in the city.
Fuel-thrifty buyers can purchase the Terrain Denali with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which outputs 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque and boasts 32 mpg on the highway. The four-cylinder-equipped Denali will feature slightly smaller 18-inch wheels. All-wheel drive will also be available with both engines.
The Terrain Denali will feature a cadre of top tech amenities too, including IntelliLink, Bluetooth, Pandora and Stitcher integration and iPod controls with Gracenote tech. This Denali also utilizes advanced safety features including lane departure and forward collision warnings and blind spot radar tech to look for vehicles the driver may not see.
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By Joanne Finnorn
OnStar Vice President
Last summer, OnStar began a pilot program for “Family Link” – an optional service aimed at keeping OnStar subscribers connected to their vehicles while loved ones were behind the wheel. This week, OnStar announced that beginning next month, Family Link will gradually be offered to all subscribers, as OnStar’s first a la carte service.
It’s no secret that new drivers can be distracted by the freedom of the open road, forgetting to check-in with those whose vehicular hospitality granted that freedom. Older drivers who still have the travel bug can often worry loved ones who are waiting to hear whether they made it to their destination safely.
Family Link provides greater peace of mind through two key services. Vehicle Locate allows a subscriber to log onto a secure website to view a map with their vehicle’s location at any time. With Vehicle Location Alert, subscribers can set up email or text message notifications to let them know the location of their vehicle, choosing the day, time and frequency of the alerts.
The online services are so simple that even the least-tech savvy OnStar subscriber will have no problem navigating.
The first group of OnStar subscribers will be invited to sign up for Family Link in mid-April. Another group will receive an invitation in June, with the U.S. roll-out continuing through the year.
Family Link will cost existing subscribers an additional $3.99 per month.