The 2018 GMC display at the Texas State Fair.
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GMC AT THE STATE FAIR

Allison Fannin walks us through the details and her favorite features and vehicles at the GMC display at this year’s Texas State Fair.

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This post is sponsored by GMC.

 

As much as I hate to say it, despite being a proud Texan, I have somehow managed to never attend my home state’s state fair. Luckily, I had a chance to rectify that – I was invited to pay a quick visit to the fairgrounds in Dallas the other week during a media preview day. Although the rides, games, and food stands weren’t all operational at that time, I was at least able to scope out the rest of the fair – including GMC’s own exhibit.

 

My eye is always drawn towards sleek, modern design, both in terms of vehicle and building design – and GMC delivered both. The use of natural elements, with stained wooden planks used in the flooring, ceiling, and wall accents helped warm the space. The use of slate tile, set in a traditional brick pattern on the floor, kept the natural element feeling consistent in the overall space, yet helped break up the area around vehicles, highlighting GMC’s gorgeous truck and SUV designs.

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  • 2018 GMC Terrain Denali on display in a showroom at the Texas State Fair front view.
  • Engine of the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali.
  • 2018 GMC Terrain Denali on display in a showroom at the Texas State Fair rear view.
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On that note, the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain Denali is just an incredibly good-looking vehicle. I was able to see this vehicle’s unveiling at the Detroit auto show and was super impressed with the redesign then – but seeing it in the real world only confirms my first impressions. I really love the SkyScape sunroof, which extends almost the entire length of the roof. It lets in so much natural light during the day – and it has to be amazing to gaze at the stars at night. I also know I’d put the available Hands-Free Liftgate to good use. I think about how often I get to a car, arms full of flooring selections and paint decks, unable to open a door until I set a few things on the ground.

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  • GMC Denali display at the Texas State Fair.
  • GMC Yukon Denali on display at the State Fair.
  • GMC Yukon Denali on display at the State Fair shown in white.
  • GMC Yukon Denali on display at the State Fair shown in black front view.
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The Yukon Denali receives a few updates for 2018, including a new grille insert and updated 22-inch wheels. I really dig the handsome new look. I also like how the Yukon Denali is available with adaptive cruise control, which is part of the optional Denali Ultimate package. I used this feature repeatedly during our family’s trip to California. It made traveling on the freeway far less stressful with this. The Yukon is still my overall favorite vehicle for road trips. Our family of five can’t imagine traveling any other way – especially since the kids enjoy the available dual-screen Blu-Ray/ DVD entertainment system.

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  • GMC Acadia Denali SUV on display at the Texas State Fair shown in red.
  • GMC Acadia Denali SUV on display at the Texas State Fair shown in red front view.
  • GMC Denali grille at the Texas State Fair.
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And I can’t forget the Acadia Denali. I really like the size of this SUV, which essentially splits the difference between the Terrain and the Yukon. It’s perfectly sized to carry my work materials, the overflow of backpacks and small shoes that I always somehow manage to have in my car, and still have room to haul the neighborhood kids around. The standard second-row captain’s chairs, including the Smart Slide seat on the passenger side, are a huge plus. I know that there won’t be dirty feet crawling over a seat to get into the third row. The dual sunroof and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot1 keeps everyone happy and comfortable while running errands.

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  • GMC Sierra Denali on display at the Texas State Fair rear view.
  • The 2018 GMC display at the Texas State Fair.
  • 2018 GMC Sierra Denali side view on display at the Texas State Fair.
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Of course, a Texas State Fair isn’t a Texas State Fair without its fair share of pickup trucks, and there are plenty to catch your eye on the GMC stand. I love the everyday practicality of the Canyon, still love the comfort and versatility of the Sierra 1500 Denali, and am beyond impressed with all of the features and towing capacity on the Sierra Denali HD trucks – especially when equipped with the latest Duramax Diesel engine.

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  • GMC Denali grille on the Sierra Denali truck at the Texas State Fair.
  • Outside of the GMC Sierra Denali truck display at the 2018 Texas State Fair.
  • The GMC Sierra Denali truck display at the 2018 Texas State Fair.
  • GMC Power Like a Pro poster at the 2018 Texas State Fair.
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