Turning Heads in the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali

2018 terrain denali in Edmonton

Denali is the highest trim available. That means you’re getting the best GMC has to offer – and let me tell you, it’s pretty amazing. The 2018 GMC Terrain has undergone an incredible transformation during its redesign and we are here for it. The Denali trim takes it to another level with available features that don’t feel like they’re trying too hard but still accomplish that feeling of luxury. And guess what, the price is something to rejoice.

Denaliville Welcomes the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali

2019 GMC Sierra Denali - Edmonton Blog

Denaliville. We are Denaliville. Capital GMC Buick takes pride in offering the very best in the GMC lineup. If you’re looking for a strong truck but doesn’t lack luxury and features, the upcoming 2019 GMC Sierra Denali is a truck you need to see. Set to arrive later this year, the redesigned 2019 truck is bursting at the seams with incredible upgrades. For the sake of this article, we’re keeping the focus on the Denali trim. The 2019 GMC Sierra Denali offers everything you could possibly need in a truck and so much more.

The 2019 Sierra AT4: GMC’s “Do-Everything” Off-Roader

The 2019 Sierra AT4

Today, we meditate on another escalation in the arms race. No, not that arms race – the interesting one. The truck arms race. We used to just have trucks. They were pragmatic, ugly, and you could slam some scrap metal in the back without a care in the world. But, in over the past decade, trucks have become drastically more liveable, outfitted with the same technology and comforts as passenger cars. Their performance has also surged. At nearly any dealership you can find a truck that can ford a river, climb a mountain, and win a drag race. Arguably, no truck better combines modern refinement and genuine off-road performance quite like the Sierra AT4, based on the new 2019 Sierra.

GMC Acadia and Terrain Black Edition

Acadia and Terrain Black Edition

With the sheer amount of SUVs and trucks on Canadian roads, it can be hard not to feel invisible driving one. That’s likely a major reason their drivers love spending money to modify the appearance of their vehicles. Some choose lift kits, gaudy racing stripes, obnoxious stickers, and gleaming chrome wheels. But others prefer to express their identity more subtly. For them, I recommend the new Terrain Black Edition and Acadia Black Edition from GMC.

The 2019 Sierra: GMC’s Meaner, Leaner, and Smarter Pickup

The 2019 Sierra

The 2019 Sierra

Guess what? Canadians love pickup trucks. So, when a major brand announces a new generation of truck, people get excited. GM finally pulled the curtain off the 2019 Sierra at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and it looks great.

Meaner

Admittedly, we’ve only seen the face of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. But the Silverado and Sierra usually share everything important, so it’s safe to assume we won’t be surprised.   The 2019 Sierra is going to be both longer and wider, and you’ll notice it most in the cabin with headroom and legroom. On the outside, the headlights and taillights are sharper and brighter. They blend well into some swooping, wing-like designs along the sides. Some (it’s me) have called the new front end a little “busy”, but GMCs are usually a little more understated than Chevrolet counterparts, so don’t be surprised if the Sierra’s front is cleaner.

Leaner

Despite the increased size, the 2019 Sierra has actually gotten significantly lighter.  

In fact, it’s shed 450 pounds from the previous generation. How has GM done it? Well, in spite of its recent (obnoxious) attacks against Ford for using aluminum, they’re using aluminum. They placed the flexible metal in swinging panels like doors, hoods, and tailgates. But the fixed panels (box and roof) will remain primarily steel. But even those components are lighter thanks to the use of a high-strength variant of steel.

As a side note, the new aluminum tailgate allowed GM to add automatic raising and lowering. It’s a clever touch that makes the 2019 Sierra even more indispensable for everyday work.

Smarter

Active Fuel Management (tech that reduces the number of cylinders in use at low speeds) isn’t old tech. However, Dynamic Fuel Management has already supplanted it. The technological improvement is greater than the lexical one.

Dynamic Fuel Management, which will improve fuel economy by an additional 5%, does not deactivate the same block of cylinders every time. Instead, it uses an algorithm to determine measure the cylinder load and directs which cylinders fire and which do not on an event-by-event basis. The pattern would seem chaotic if you were watching it in action. But, as a driver, the transition between partial and complete cylinder activation will be less noticeable.  

Engines

It’s been widely reported that the two V8 engines from the previous generation of Sierra will be carried over:

  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8: 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8: 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque

But, excitingly, GM is adding a 3.0L Duramax Turbodiesel I-6 to the mix. The decision comes at a time when many automakers are running away from diesel after the Volkswagen poisoned public opinions. Convincing customers that diesel isn’t evil may be a challenge, but informed buyers know that a diesel engine, abiding by industry regulations, is no worse for the environment than a gasoline one. Plus, it provides far better fuel economy and increased torque for towing and hauling.

If you want the high torque and fuel savings of a diesel, you may want to wait for the 2019 Sierra to hit the dealership lots. But if you’re a fan of the current powertrains, and healthy savings, you may want to pick up a 2017 or 2018 model.

 

The 2018 Canyon

2018 GMC Canyon in Edmonton

The 2018 GMC Canyon

Encouraged by the relatively low price of oil, breakthroughs in the efficiency of combustion engines, and lightweight construction materials, automakers have continued to invest tons of resources in trucks and SUVs. For roughly the same reasons, customers have been abandoning cars in favour of bigger vehicles. And for those that think full-size pickups are too big, the choice has been an easy one. The 2018 GMC Canyon is handily the best mid-size pickup. That’s a bold claim, so let’s try to back it up.

Power

The 2018 GMC Canyon gives you the choice of three fantastic engines.

  • 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel: 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3.6L VVT V6 with 308-horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 2.5L 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque

Those that want to prioritise towing and fuel economy will choose the Duramax Turbo Diesel, and the four-cylinder delivers some good bang-for-buck. But the star of the powertrain lineup is definitely the 3.6L V6. It comes with standard Active Fuel Management which reduces the number of cylinders in use when driving at low speeds to drastically improve fuel economy. It’s even paired with a refined 8-speed automatic transmission. Shorter space between the gears results in better fuel economy and improved acceleration.

Practicality

While the GMC Canyon is technically a mid-size pickup, it never feels too small. Inside, you get plenty of headroom and legroom, making it highly liveable. For rear passengers, the extended cab variant is a little tight, but the crew cab model offers a pretty comfortable ride. However, when it comes to trucks, the space offered in cargo areas is invariably more important to the average driver.

And you don’t have to worry there, because the Canyon offers plenty of space for equipment. At 1,879.6 mm, the Canyon’s long box is longer than the Sierra’s short box (1,760.98 mm) and only 12cm shorter than its standard box. However, even the 2018 Canyon with the short box offers plenty of room.  

2018 Canyon Denali

A Denali is the greatest realisation of professional-grade performance and luxury, and will never be mistaken for anything else on the road. That’s why the exterior of the 2018 Canyon Denali is comprised of all things bright and shiny like 20” Ultra-Bright Aluminum wheels, 5” chrome side steps, and LED signature headlights.  LED in the cargo box which turns it into a mobile workstation. Of course, these features are as much for looking like a boss as they are for performance.

The interior is polished and refined, too. Up front, you get heated and ventilated leather seats as well as a heated steering wheel. There’s a standard 8” infotainment system with onboard navigation and a standard Bose premium seven-speaker audio system. Your favourite music and audiobooks will sound even better thanks to the fact that you have Bose Active Noise Cancellation cutting out the sound of the road and the wind.

Who Should Drive the 2018 GMC Canyon?

The 2018 Canyon is the perfect vehicle for pickup owners who need a maneuverable vehicle for the city, but also need occasional extreme capability. If you need to haul a trailer on the weekends, or find yourself doing some occasional hauling, you can perform those tasks with confidence without making major sacrifices in terms of fuel economy and convenience that larger trucks guarantee.  

 

The 2018 GMC Acadia: Room for Surprises

The 2018 GMC Acadia in Ebony Twilight Metallic

The 2018 GMC Acadia

Moving seven people in style has never been easier thanks to the 2018 GMC Acadia. It offers comfortable seating, great driving dynamics, and some undeniable style. GMC has advertised that the third row is easy to access – and it actually is. Plus, when you need to fit more gear for your next adventure, the second and third rows fold flat to open up a remarkable amount of cargo space.

Style

The 2018 GMC Acadia sets the tone with distinctive grille designs. GMC designed the headlamps to wrap around the sides of the vehicle. As a result, they blend into the overall architecture of the vehicle and parallel the wraparound rear window. Overall, the design of the 2018 GMC Acadia is dominated by smooth lines and an athletic stance.

Comfort

The 2018 GMC Acadia’s style may get people inside, but it’s the outstanding interior comfort that keeps them there. Perks like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and OnStar 4G LTE WiFi come standard. Importantly, comfortable seating for seven comes standard, too. You can choose from seating materials like Ash Gray perforated leather and Jet Black premium cloth. And, with Active Noise Cancellation, the cabin is a refuge from the sound of the wind and road.

Other standard features in the new 2018 GMC Acadia include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • 7-inch infotainment screen
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Keyless open & start

2018 Acadia Denali

Denali is the peak of professional grade. GMC’s highest trim level continues to represent a perfect balance between rugged performance and uncompromising luxury. It starts with the iconic Denali grille, bright 20” aluminum wheels and dual chrome exhaust that create a striking image. Exterior refinement is reflected on the inside. With perforated leather-trimmed seats, Denali-exclusive stitching, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel; the 2018 Acadia Denali is truly first-class – which is rare when it comes to a vehicle with room for seven.

  • Front Pedestrian Detection and automatic forward braking.
  • Lane keep assist, forward collision alert
  • Leather-wrapped, heated steering wheels

Of course, Acadia Denali also offers the best in performance, including a 3.6L V6 engine. With 310 horsepower, you can comfortably conquer any conditions and drive smoothly on the highway. It also features Active Fuel Management which reduces the number of cylinders in use when driving at low speeds. And, variable Traction Select allows you to choose from five driving modes, All-Wheel Drive, Off-Road, Snow, Sport, and Trailer/Tow for total driving confidence in any conditions.