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Road Test Review Of The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali In The UAE
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Road Test Review Of The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali In The UAE

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August 2,2022
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GMC has been around for more than 100 years. In many ways, it’s a brand that allows one to see what the history of the automobile looks like. In this case, GMC has its Denali sister-concern, which is basically the American marque’s upscale arm. In a world where luxury crossovers are big cash cows for their manufacturers, GMC has Denali to take care of that end of the market. When we are talking about premium crossover SUVs in the UAE, the new 2022 GMC Terrain Denali has to be mentioned as one of the prime candidates.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2022 Terrain Denali brings a host of features that elevate its appeal even more. With the plethora of high-end compact crossovers available in the market, buyers are not short of options. Having said that, the new Terrain in its Denali variant has more curb appeal than some of its other more sedate rivals.

How much does the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali cost in the UAE?

While it’s a premium model from GMC, the 2022 Terrain Denali can be yours for around 148,000 dirhams in the UAE. Which, when you think about it, is not too much for what is essentially the baby offering from the aspirational Denali range of cars. Based on budget constraints one might have, the 2022 Terrain Denali can be seen competing with cars like the Audi Q3, BMW X2, Lexus UX, Chevrolet Equinox, and Ford Escape to name a few.

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The exterior design of the new GMC Terrain Denali is quite blingy

This being a Denali product, one thing you can be sure of is that there will be no dearth of shiny chrome on the exterior of the new Terrain Denali, especially with the Chrome Package. Even though this is the baby Denali, the Terrain proudly sports the brand’s visual aura and design flair all over. For example, the front styling, with its oodles of chrome treatment and the overall styling language, is more akin to the big-daddy Yukon SUV and the brutish Sierra pickup.

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Likewise, the C-shaped main lighting unit with its full-LED dual-barrel headlights make their impression almost right away. Keeping things on a roll, the rear lighting units are also all LED, while the design of taillights are almost a carbon-copy of the headlamps. However, the rear lights aren’t the most attractive piece of automotive art in the market, though they do their job just fine. Speaking of lights, the Terrain Denali gets fancy holographic projectors that proudly display “GMC” on the ground – a posh touch for sure.

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The side façade of the 2022 Terrain Denali isn’t that dissimilar to the previous iteration. The main differentiating factor between this and the old model comes from the implementation of a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels that now sport a beautiful aluminum finish. Overall, the whole design is good enough and looks premium enough, especially considering the not-bank-breaking price tag.

The interior design and feel of the new GMC Terrain Denali

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As you enter the cabin of the new Terrain Denali, you are struck by a sense of good perceived quality. This is mostly due to the inclusion of embroidered Denali logos, some wood and aluminum elements that work well with the stitched-leather upholstery, a large panoramic sunroof, and delicate blue ambient lighting all around.

While the interior of the Terrain Denali is not huge, it offers a good amount of space for occupants in all the seats. The leather seats themselves are comfortable and offer a decent amount of back and under-thigh support. Unlike the regular Terrain, the Denali version gets more soft-touch and premium-feeling surfaces in general. The new Terrain Denali continues to use old-school but proven physical buttons and knobs for most of the car’s function, which makes it easy to use the said functions even while on the move.

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The analog instrument console is also a doddle during everyday driving situations while also being backed by an 8-inch color MID in the middle should you want even more & customizable information. There’s also a head-up display that adds to the car’s overall safety, with a new and faster touchscreen system dedicated for all of the car’s other/infotainment requirements. Overall, this cabin does a lot of things quite well. As for the boot, there’s up to 1,700 liters of space with the second-row folded away.

Features and safety equipment on the new GMC Terrain Denali

Apart from the items already mentioned above, the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali gets many more gadgets and toys. Some of the ones that you’re likely to focus on include Automatic Park Assist, Traction Select, HD Surround Vision cameras (which includes a front-viewing camera). The latter is used by systems such as Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Keep Assist. Some of the other safety tech include Safety Alert Seat, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, and a whole bunch of airbags.

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Speaking about the new Terrain Denali’s other features, there’s Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, built-in GPS navigation, a 7-speaker Bose sound system, a foot-activated programmable liftgate, keyless entry & go, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, heated & cooled front seats with electric adjustment, a heated steering wheel, and multi-terrain drive modes.

 

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GMC Terrain Denali powertrain and performance

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The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger that drives all four wheels via an all-wheel-system and uses a 9-speed automatic gearbox. This unit produces 170hp and 273Nm of maximum torque while also being decently fuel-efficient for a turbo engine (rated at apprx. 11 kpl/9.0 L/100 km). At the same time, if you need to get moving, the turbo-petrol motor in the Terrain Denali will help you get to 100 km/h in under 9.5 seconds – top speed is 200 km/h.

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Meanwhile, the driving experience is mostly relaxing as the NVH levels are pretty well controlled on most road surfaces. The suspension setup of the new Terrain Denali is also such that there’s a good balance between everyday ride comfort without inducing an evident sense of roll around corners.

Should you buy the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali?

If you’re on the lookout for a well-priced, compact luxury crossover SUV, then the new Terrain Denali must be on your list of cars to checkout. It offers a compliant ride, an acceptably-frugal turbo-petrol engine with enough grunt for most people, a well-built and practical cabin, an expensive-looking exterior and a long list of features – all at a price that won’t bend your arm backwards.

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