2017 GMC Acadia Denali Release Date, Review and Specs

2017 GMC Acadia Denali review

The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia Denali is a re-imagined crossover that is designed to offer great versatility and refinement, quiet and comfortable cabin, attractive interior and exterior styling, and more advanced safety technologies. The Acadia Denali is the top—of-the-trim model in the regular GMC Acadia lineup, and for 2017, it tags along with a new All Terrain model that takes off-road capability to a whole different level. After waiting for the 2017 Acadia Denali price and release date details from GMC for weeks, we’re happy to report that we finally have them in our possession. Read on o learn more.

2017 GMC Acadia Denali auto show, side view, red color, alloy wheels

Than before, the new GMC Acadia Denali 2017 is lighter and smaller, making it easier to maneuver in tight spots, and gets improved fuel economy ratings. With a test drive around the block, you’ll definitely agree that the new model is a stout rival among the top-rated SUVs in its class. “The all-new 2017 Acadia Denali leverages GMC’s proven dependability, reliability and drive quality experience to take on arguably one of the largest vehicle segments. GMC takes pride in developing vehicles that offer a strong blend of capability, technology, and design, and these elements have continued to make the brand strong and unrelenting. And the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story, said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

2017 GMC Acadia Denali rear view, grey color, taillghts and alloy wheels

After almost a decade in production, GMC finally caved in to consumer demands and finally gave its midsize SUV a complete makeover. Relative to the outgoing model, the new model’s dimensions measure 6.6 inches shorter in height, 3.5 inches narrower, and 7.2 inches in the length. The impact of these changes in the dimensions is a reduction in both cargo and passenger space. On the positive side however, GMC users will benefit in terms of fuel efficiency, and maneuverability especially in tight spots.

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2017 GMC Acadia Denali spy shots

As previously mentioned, the new model has also reduced its curb weight. To be more specific, the new model now weighs 700 pounds lighter than before. With all these changes and redesigns in place, the new model finds itself positioned between the full-size Yukon and the compact Terrain. “Unlike the previous Acadia models, the new model offers greater refinement, more intuitive features, and immense responsiveness behind the wheel. But even with the changes, the new models remain true to their roots and offer the functionality Acadia is known for, while delivering big balances and advantages to customers’ everyday lives, said executive chief engineer for crossover and compact SUVs GM – Rick Spina.

2017 GMC Acadia Denali front angle, headlights and grille

Under the hood of the GMC Acadia Denali is a powerful 3.6L V6 engine capable of offering 310 horsepower and 25 mpg of combined city/highway cruising. With the towing package, the maximum towing capacity the vehicle can achieve is estimates at 4,000 pounds. The all-new V6 mill is not only powerful, but is also efficient that the existing one.

2017 GMC Acadia Denali Release Date & Price

2017 GMC Acadia Denali release date

As previously told, the Denali is the top-of-the-trim model that belongs to the larger umbrella of models offered under the GMC Acadia nameplate. Pricing for the entire lineup, as is provided by GMC, is as follows: SL – $29,070, Denali – $46,920, SLT-1 – $38,350, SLT-2 -$41,470, SLE-1 – $32,450, and the SLE-2 – $37,070. It is imperative to also note that pricing also depends on whether a vehicle is offered with a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive system.
The release date should be expected sometime in early 2017.

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2017 GMC Acadia Denali Exterior

2017 GMC Acadia Denali rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

There’s greater emphasis on refinement, while maintaining the brand’s recognizable signature styling elements such as wraparound rear side windows, flared wheel arches, and chrome-trimmed grille. In addition to the professional grade design cues aforementioned, the new model also reflects GMC’s premium attributes showcased by the standard LED signature lighting on all models while a refined appearance and confident reinforcement is provided by the new dimensional grille and wraparound headlamps.

2017 GMC Acadia Denali Interior

2017 GMC Acadia Denali interior, steering wheel, dashboard and gear shift knob

The materials and technologies offered are as good as those found in other top-rated SUVs like the 2017 Toyota Highlander, 2016 Mazda CX-9, and the 2017 Honda Pilot. Some of the standard accessories and features available include heated mirrors, cloth upholstery, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the IntelliLink infotainment system, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, full power accessories, keyless entry and ignition, and Bluetooth connectivity. More equipment will be known during its release date.

2017 GMC Acadia Denali interior, leather front and back seats

Available Trims

Four trims are available for the 2017 GMC Acadia: SLT, SLE, SL, and Denali. The SLT and SLE are further subdivided into SLE-1, SLE-2, and SLT-1, and SLT-2.


2017 GMC Acadia Denali exterior, front and rear view, headlights and taillights

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 4.5 in. (112.5 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 1.6 in. (193.6 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 3.4 in. (75.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 144 ft³
Cargo volume: 13 ft³
Curb weight: 4000-4400 lb
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 6.8 sec
MPG: 21/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Sparkling Silver Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs

Engine Specs

2017 GMC Acadia Denali engine

Two engines are offered: a 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.6L V6. The former generates 194 horsepower while the latter gives 310 horsepower. An option of either a FWD or an AWD is offered.

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2017 GMC Acadia Denali safety

Safety and driver-assistance systems available include pedestrian braking, forward automatic braking, low speed forward automatic braking, front and rear parking assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, intellibeam automatic headlamp high-beam control, following distance indicator, surround vision camera system, and safety alert seat. NHTSA is yet to provide the crash impact assessment results.

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2017 GMC Acadia Denali exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

2017 GMC Acadia Denali auto show, rear view, taillights, tailpipe and badges

2017 GMC Acadia Denali exterior, front view, grille and badges

2017 GMC Acadia Denali exterior, red color, front view, grille

2017 GMC Acadia Denali auto show, front view, grille and alloy wheels

2017 GMC Acadia Denali trunk

2017 GMC Acadia Denali cargo space

2017 GMC Acadia Denali interior, leaher seats, steering wheel

2017 GMC Acadia Denali interior, lcd screen