• The 2013 Terrain Denali will start at $35,350, including destination
  • Uplevel Terrain gets interior and exterior upgrades over the standard model
  • V6-powered 2013 Terrain models will gain GM's 3.6-liter V6 for more muscle

GMC has announced that the upscale Denali version of its Terrain SUV will start at $35,350, including destination, when it goes on sale later this summer. That figure represents a significant increase over base-level versions of the mid-size SUV; GMC explains that the new Denali model is worth the extra cash thanks to its luxurious appointments and high-end features.

Such posh upgrades to the Terrain Denali are immediately noticeable from the outside. Standard exterior revisions include satin chrome accents on the SUV's mirrors and door handles, unique monochrome rocker panels and a chrome grille-a signature item that is standard on every Denali. Also included are unique headlights and taillights and chrome exhaust tips, which GMC hopes will add to the Denali's luxurious image.

The interior of the Terrain Denali has even bigger changes from the standard model. There is exclusive black leather on the seats and door inserts, along with contrasting red stitching on the dashboard. The Terrain Denali also gets smoked mahogany wood trim and illuminated door sills, as well as dual-flow suspension dampers designed to improve the SUV's ride and handling.

The 2013 Terrain Denali, like the standard Terrain, is available with two engines: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, and an all-new 3.6-liter V6, that makes 301 hp and 272 lb-ft. The V6 replaces last year's 3.0-liter powerplant across the Terrain's lineup for 2013. The added grunt helps propel the SUV from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds, according to GM engineers, although GMC says a Denali equipped with the new V6 will start at $36,850-a premium of more than $6,000 over a mid-level Terrain SLE-2 with the same engine.

The Terrain Denali is the latest in a long line of high-end GMC trucks and SUVs to wear the Denali badge. Predecessors include the full-size Yukon Denali SUV, the Acadia Denali crossover and the large Sierra Denali pickup, which is one of the most expensive trucks available today. While the Terrain is mechanically similar to Chevrolet's mid-size Equinox crossover, the upscale Denali model will likely be unique to the muscular Terrain, which features a more brawny appearance than its Chevrolet twin.

What it means to you: At about $37,000 for a V6 model, the Terrain Denali is priced to compete with rivals from upscale automakers like Audi and Lexus.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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