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SUV crossover 2011 GMC Acadia Denali production begins today

The SUV crossover 2011 Acadia Denali began production today at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich.

GMC will offer consumers the exclusive Denali trim line on the 2011 Acadia. General Motors

The much-anticipated 2011 Acadia Denali began production today at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich.

The $43,220, crossover SUV sports a Denali chrome honeycomb grille and monochromatic exterior. The new lineup includes two new exterior colors: cyber gray metallic and gray green metallic.

Matthew McIntrye, of United Auto Workers 602, was the first to drive the 2011 Acadia Denali off the production line, which began production on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. GM

The Acadia will ride on 20-inch two-tone chrome-clad wheels and will feature high-intensity discharge headlamps, chrome interior accents, head-up display, heated and cooled driver and passenger seats, eight-way power driver seat, six standard air bags, and OnStar 9.0.

A preferred package is available on SL models, which includes Bluetooth, body-color moldings, leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant controls, and remote vehicle start.

The roomy design offers three rows of seating that can be configured for seven or eight passengers and a storage space of 24.1 cu. ft.

Competing with the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Mazda CX-9, this six-speed automatic, front-wheel drive and all-wheel SUV is powered by a 3.6L V-6 VVT DI engine.

"We have received a lot of positive interest from our customers and dealers to develop an Acadia Denali since the launch of the Acadia in 2007," said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. "The new Acadia Denali offers convenience for consumer looking for premium features in one package, and delivers the luxury and exclusivity that our customers demand in a Denali model."

The Acadia is covered by GM's five-year/100,000-mile power-train warranty and three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.