Acadia Denali at the Chicago Show


Redesigned Acadia will be the first vehicle on the market with GMC’s new front center air bag system.

The 2013 GMC Acadia Denali on display after its unveiling at the Chicago Auto Show Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Acadia Denali represents 30 percent of Acadia sales. It features a new trim package that includes 20-inch machined wheels, three-dimensional polished grille and heated/cooled front seats. (Photo by Tyler Mallory for GMC)



  • New exterior design highlighted by signature LED lighting
  • Refined interior with soft-touch materials, accent stitching and ambient lighting
  • Rear vision camera standard; industry-exclusive front center air bag available

CHICAGO – GMC today unveiled the new 2013 Acadia and Acadia Denali at the Chicago Auto Show, highlighting a new exterior and safety features including the industry’s first front center air bag.

Acadia, which launched in 2007 as GMC’s first crossover and defined a segment that has since surged in popularity, had the best sales in its five-year history in 2011. The Denali model, added in mid-2010, broadened Acadia’s appeal to luxury customers with its combination of functionality and style.

“With an award-winning combination of space, capability and fuel-efficiency, Acadia epitomizes GMC’s ‘never say never’ attitude,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing. “For 2013, our engineers and designers applied that same attitude to developing the new Acadia.”

Acadia retains the interior functionality popular with families, including the SmartSlide seating system, which allows easy access to the third row for both seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations. Likewise, both the second and third row still fold flat for class-leading maximum cargo space, including the ability to carry 48-inch-wide sheet goods, such as drywall and plywood.

Confident design

First impressions are everything, and the 2013 Acadia was developed to make a strong one. A chiseled, three-bar grille sits prominently in the new, more upright design.

Diffused LED running lamps lend a premium look to the Acadia and are standard on all models, regardless of whether standard projector beam or optional HID headlamps are selected. New taillamp detailing reflects the advancements up front.

The new Acadia gets other subtle exterior design updates, including wrap-around rear glass and a new rear spoiler. New 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheel patterns complement the vehicle’s lines and stance.

The Acadia’s refined interior uses upgraded soft-touch materials, with French stitching that adds a tailored look and red ambient light flowing across the dashboard. SLT and Denali models get aluminum accents on the center console, doors and dash.

Industry-exclusive safety

The redesigned Acadia will be the first vehicle on the market with GMC’s new front center air bag system, created to protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and positions itself between the driver and front passenger.

“While no restraint technology can address all body regions or all potential injuries, the front center air bag is designed to work with the vehicle’s other air bags and safety belts to collectively deliver an even more comprehensive occupant restraint system,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness.

Standard on the Acadia Denali and available on other models are Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems. These systems use radar to watch spots the driver may not be able to see – and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions.

Every Acadia model also comes standard with six months of OnStar’s Directions and Connections service, which includes automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, roadside assistance, emergency services link and remote door unlocking. OnStar’s RemoteLink smartphone app allows for remote vehicle status reports, extended locking and unlocking capability, and remote start functionality to distance limited only by cellular phone service, rather than the few hundred feet of the standard key fob.

Technology leader

The 2013 Acadia’s redesigned infotainment functions feature capacitive touch controls that use electrodes to sense the conductive properties of objects such as the touch of a finger.

GMC’s Color Touch Radio – first introduced on the 2012 Terrain – is standard in the Acadia. Available IntelliLink allows customers to seamlessly integrate their smartphones for hands-free calling through the audio system and Bluetooth streaming of popular internet radio favorites Pandora and Stitcher. IntelliLink also allows voice control of USB-connected iPods for easy access to stored music.

Other audio system features include HD radio capability, a photo viewer and a standard rear-vision camera with dynamic guide lines that will display on the high-definition screen.

Mechanically, the 2013 Acadia benefits from a next-generation Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission with better shift response and improved drivability.

Acadia’s most-popular options, including rear-seat entertainment, a Dual SkyScape sunroof and a trailering package, continue to be available.

Exclusive Denali returns

Acadia’s popular top-of-the-line Denali trim represents 30 percent of sales, so a high priority was placed on adding premium amenities and refining Denali’s signature design cues. New or redesigned exterior additions include:

  • New, three-dimensional polished grille
  • Redesigned lower front and rear fascias
  • Body-color lower cladding and rocker moldings, rear fascia and fender flares
  • Unique body-side moldings with chrome accents and Denali badges
  • Dual flow-through chrome exhaust outlets integrated into the rear fascia
  • 20-inch machined wheels

Inside, Denali adds standard comfort and safety features, including:

  • Perforated leather seating and Denali-specific Cocoa Dune upholstery color
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inserts and power tilt/telescope
  • Aluminum trim accents
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Accent lighting in footwells and lighted sill plates with Denali logo
  • Color Touch navigation
  • Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Dual SkyScape sunroof system, with sliding front sunroof and fixed rear section

“When designing the new Acadia, we considered the contemporary shapes and materials GMC buyers expect from many products they buy,” said Dave Lyon, executive director of design. “The Denali’s attention to detail is the ultimate demonstration of this approach.”

GMC capability

All 2013 GMC Acadia models are powered by a fuel-efficient, 3.6L direct injection V-6 with variable valve timing, producing 288 horsepower (215 kW) and 270 lb-ft (266 Nm) of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the added control of all-wheel drive is available. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds (2268 kg).

The 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali will be built at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. Pricing, availability and more details will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date in late 2012.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry’s healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain smaller SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The new Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at



Model Lineup | Overview | Engines | Transmission | Chassis/Suspension | Brakes | Wheels/Tires | Dimensions | Capacities



GMC Acadia, Acadia Denali

Body style / driveline:

crossover SUV / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive


body-frame integral

EPA vehicle class:

sport utility vehicle

Manufacturing location:

Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing, Mich.

Key competitors:

Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer

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3.6L V-6 VVT DI

Displacement (cu in / cc):

217 / 3564

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6

Block material:


Cylinder head material:



dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing

Fuel delivery:

direct injection

Compression ratio:


Horsepower (hp / kW) @ rpm:

288 / 215 @ 6300

Torque (lb-ft / Nm) @ rpm:

270 / 366 @ 3400

Recommended fuel:

regular unleaded

Max. engine speed (rpm):


Emissions controls:

dual close-coupled converters; two pre- and two post-oxygen sensors

EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):

17 / 24 (FWD)
16 / 23 (AWD)

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Hydra-Matic 6T75 6-speed FWD/AWD automatic

Gear Ratio (:1)















Final drive ratio:


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coil-over strut; direct acting stabilizer bar; full perimeter isolated cradle


linked H-arm independent suspension; coil springs with twin-tube shock absorbers mounted on isolated sub-frame

Steering type:

hydraulic rack-and-pinion; straight ratio and variable effort

Steering ratio:


Steer wheel turns, lock-to-lock:


Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):

40.4 / 12.3

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four-wheel disc

Rotor diameter (in / mm):

front: 12.8 x 1.1 / 325 x 29, ventilated
rear: 13 x 0.8 / 331 x 20, ventilated

Anti-lock braking system (ABS):

Bosch 8.0 Chassis Controls: ABS / ETC / ESC w/rollover mitigation

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Wheel size and type:

18 x 7.5-in; cast aluminum (std)
19 x 8.0-in; cast aluminum (opt)
20 x 7.5-inch; chrome clad (std Denali)

Tire size and type:

P255/65R18 ALS blackwall (std)
P255/60R19 ALS blackwall (opt)
P255/55R20 H-rated blackwall (std Denali)

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Wheelbase (in / mm):

118.9 / 3020.7

Overall length (in / mm):

201.1 / 5107.9

Overall width (in / mm):

78.9 / 2004.1

Overall height (in / mm):

72.8 / 1846 (w/roof rails); 69.9 / 1775.5 (w/o roof rails)


Front (in / mm):

67.8 / 1722.1

Rear (in / mm):

67.5 / 1714.5

Curb weight (lb / kg):

4646 / 2112 (FWD)
4840 / 2200 (AWD)

Min. ground clearance (in / mm):

7.6 / 194 (FWD and AWD)


Seating capacity:

7 or 8


First row (in /mm):

40.3 / 1024 (w/o sunroof); 38.5 / 978 (w/ sunroof)

Second row (in / mm):

39.6 / 996 (w/o sunroof); 38.3 / 973 (w/ sunroof)

Third row (in / mm):

38.4 / 975.3 (w/o sunroof); 38.1 / 968 (w/ sunroof)


First row (in / mm):

41.3 / 1049

Second row (in / mm):

36.8 / 937.2

Third row (in / mm):

33.2 / 843.2

Shoulder room

First row (in / mm):

61.6 / 1574

Second row (in / mm):

61.0 / 1551

Third row (in / mm):

57.8 / 1468

Hip room

First row (in / mm):

58.0 / 1468.1

Second row (in / mm):

57.8 / 1470.6

Third row (in / mm):

48.3 / 1226.8

Cargo volume

Maximum behind first row
(cu ft / L):

116.1 / 3286.2

Maximum behind second row
(cu ft / L):

70.1 / 1985.1

Maximum behind third row
(cu ft / L):

24.1 / 682.3

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EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L):

154 / 4362

Fuel tank (gal / L):

22.0 / 83.3

Engine oil (qt / L):

5.5 / 5.2

Transmission fluid (qt / L):

9.5 / 9.0 (Dexron VI only)

Cooling system (qt / L):

11.8 / 11.18

Max towing capacity (lb / kg):

5000 / 2268

GCWR (lb / kg):

10,250 / 4659 (FWD)
10,450 / 4750 (AWD)

GVWR (lb / kg):

6398 / 2908