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2013 GMC Terrain Will Get New V6 Engine, Denali Trim

GMC released details about the upcoming 2013 Terrain in a press release Wednesday, including a new V6 engine and premium Denali trim. The new 3.6-liter V6 will replace the 3.0-liter unit found in 2012 and older Terrain V6 models. A four-cylinder engine will continue to be available across the lineup, including the Denali trim.

“The new Terrain engine has more power and torque, but GM expects it will have fuel economy equal to the current 3.0-liter V6 engine,” writes The Detroit News. Specifically, the new V6 will produce 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 37 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque over the outgoing V6.

GMC’s projection for the 2013 Terrain V6 model’s fuel economy has yet to be confirmed by the EPA, but for reference, the 2012 Terrain with the V6 achieves 17/24 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive models and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.

The other major change for the 2013 Terrain is the addition of a top-of-the-line Denali trim level. The Terrain Denali, like other GMC Denali models, offers exterior and interior cosmetic upgrades, as well as more standard technology features.

“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,” writes Autoblog. “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.”

GMC says the 2013 Terrain will go on sale in the third quarter of 2012, and pricing for the Denali and 3.6-liter V6 models will be announced closer to the sale date. The 2012 GMC Terrain starts at $25,560.

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