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2018 Terrain

GMC Unveils All New 2018 Terrain [Live Images]

Unleashed just before its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. GMC has taken the veil off of the 2018 Terrain which aims to shakeup the CUV segment while also solidifying GMC’s ambitions at taking a bigger slice of this profitable market segment.

The exterior styling of the new Terrain will be the biggest change that many buyers will notice when they see it up close. Wheras the old Terrain was blockier and looked downright awkward from some angles, the 2018 Terrain adds more sculpted lines2018 Terrain and cues to the design, while also incorporating several prominent traits from the bigger Acadia CUV. GMC designers also opted for better aerodynamics which is apparent with the new headlight design, and the tweaked grille. The end result is a vehicle that not only looks slick, but should be quieter and much more fuel efficient than before.

“It is a striking design with functional beauty” stated Helen Emsley executive director, Global GMC Design. “There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.”

As expected, Denali models up the wow factor, and will incorporate its trademark chrome grille, as well as body color fascias and lower trim, chrome roof rails, 2018-gmc-terrain-denali-004chrome door handles, outside mirror caps, and body side molding. As a bonus, Denali versions will also add LED headlights and 19-inch ultra bright machined aluminium wheels.

Performance choices for the 2018 GMC Terrain largely follow in the tire tracks set by its mainstream oriented sibling, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. A 1.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine is standard on the base Terrain, while the 2.0 liter 252 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder is standard on higher grade Terrains. GMC is outfitting both engines with two distinct nine speed automatics that were designed to cater to each engine and helps improve performance and shift behavior.

For buyers looking for more efficiency, GMC will also shoehorn the 1.6 liter turbodiesel that initially made its debut in the Chevrolet Equinox,which would be the first time that the Terrain lineup has ever offered a diesel option for consumers.

A key feature is GMC’s all new Electronic Precision Shift which enhances overall storage space by replacing the conventional shifter setup with an all new system that uses intuitive push buttons and pull triggers for electronically controlled gear2018-gmc-terrain-slt-011 selection. The Terrain also comes equipped with GMC’s Traction Select system which allows buyers to select from four different driving modes that allow them to tailor the Terrain to whatever road conditions are present.

The interior follows the theme set by the exterior, and is designed to make a statement both in terms of functionality as well as its heightened refinement. The old model was filled with cheap plastics, and did not do a very good job distinguishing itself from its Chevrolet sibling. This new cabin aims to exorcise these demons, and does so thanks to splashes of real aluminium trim, better soft touch materials, as well as standard active noise cancellation technology.

Denali models add a heated steering wheel, navigation, a Bose 7 speaker audio system, and a hands free programmable power liftgate. An expanded center console features pass through storage underneath as well as all new side cupholders. Versatility was enhanced thanks to an all new fold flat front passenger seat and a reworked flat folding rear seat which aim to provide more cargo space and also allow the Terrain to better match rivals in this segment.

A 7-inch infotainment system is standard on the Terrain, but buyers can add an optional 8-inch screen that features compatibility for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Onstar’s 4G LTE WiFi hotspot technology. The new system also 2018 Terraincomes equipped with the all new myGMC mobile app that allows buyers to manage various aspects of the Terrain remotely which adds extra levels of convenience and luxury to the ownership experience.

Lastly, GMC engineers also added higher levels of safety and technology to the Terrain’s bag of tricks and included the Acadia’s Safety Alert Seat , Forward Collision Alert, Surround Vision, Lane Keep Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This should please families that place safety and convenience at the top of their list when considering a CUV for their driveway.

Stay tuned for live photos of the 2018 Terrain later today, as well as the rest of our live coverage from the 2017 North American International Auto Show.


GMC Teases 2018 Terrain Ahead Of NAIAS

With the recent fall unveiling of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, it was only a matter of time before its corporate sibling the 2018 Terrain would be given the same suite of updates.

While the lone image GMC released does not reveal too much detail, it does hint at a floating roof line which could add some much needed elegance to the Terrain’s blocky lines. As for the rest of the styling, look for it to be heavily influenced by the current generation Acadia, with bits of GMC Sierra thrown into the mix as well.

Look for performance hardware to be a key focal point in the Terrain’s updates with the wheezy 2.4 liter four cylinder base engine being replaced by an all new 170 horsepower 1.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder that allows it to make more power, and also be smoother and more fuel efficient. The 3.0 liter V6 would also disappear from the engine lineup, and be replaced with a 252 horsepower 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder. Its unknown if the Equinox’s turbodiesel will make an apperance in the Terrain, but its a safe bet that it will eventually appear after launch.

Expect the interior to follow the Equinox playbook when it comes to updates, with higher grade plastics as well as more leather accents in higher trims. The Denali version will up the ante like before, and add wood trim as well as luxury honed features like heated seats and a host of electronic goodies.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2018 GMC Terrain as it becomes avalible, as well as live photos from its formal unveiling at NAIAS.


GMC Unveils 2500 HD All Terrain X

The off-road pickup truck segment has seen a spike in growth recently with Ram unveiling the 2500 Power Wagon, the recently launched V6 powered Ford F-150 Raptor, and the iconic Jeep Wrangler. General Motors looks to take a slice of this potent sales pie for itself, and has unveiled the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD All Terrain X.

Following on the heels of the recently launched Canyon and Sierra 1500 All Terrain X, the beefy 2500 variant aims to go toe to toe with the Ram Power Wagon, and on paper it appears to have the goods to do just that. The exterior styling continues the all black motif 2500 HD All Terrain Xthat has defined GMC’s off-road models and includes the blacked out front grille surround, 18-inch aluminium wheels, as well as its black hued four-inch side steps. The truck also features a black sports bar that further emphasizes its rugged intentions.

The interior of this bruiser is also a clever mix of elegance and functionality and comes equipped with a heated steering wheel, adjustable pedals, rear view camera, and blacked out leather seats with front seat heat. Speaking of the seats, we are happy that GMC chose a more tasteful design for the thrones versus the decidedly more garish looking tire tread style cues that defines the Power Wagon’s seats. Rounding out this is GM’s eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features the latest iteration of IntelliLink.

Performance for the 2500 HD All Terrain X is shared with the standard 2500 4×4 model, and comes equipped with two different engine choices. The base engine is a 6.0 liter V8, but look for the majority of buyers to go with the 6.6 liter Duramax turbodiesel engine which 2500 HD All Terrain X fender shotbrings 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque to the festivities. The All Terrain package also includes meaty Goodyear Duratec off road tires, GM’s off road focused Z71 suspension, an Eaton locking differential, and package exclusive underbody shielding. This should allow the X to keep up with the Power Wagon on rugged backwoods trails, and please buyers looking for an alternative to the Ram.

GMC has not released formal pricing or launch details for the 2500 HD All Terrain X, but look for the truck to possibly make its debut either at the LA Auto Show or the North American International Auto Show in January.

GMC Still Considering Wrangler Fighter?

Hummer and its Wrangler chasing HX concept were axed and swept under the rug several when GM went through its bankruptcy. However, a new report reveals that this once shelved idea is possibly gaining newfound life and vigor.

According to a report released by Automotive News several inside sources have revealed that GMC is still considering a body on frame SUV model that would share its DNA and platform with the Canyon and Colorado midsize pickups. The exterior styling is said to embody Hummer cues, and would not be that far off from the HX concept which debuted at the North American International Auto Show back in 2008.

The report also reveals that executives met with dealers last year to gauge interest and feedback on the idea with initial interest being very positive especially for a model that could potentially revive sales.

Low sales figures have been a persistent issue for GMC over the past few years, with the brand suffering a four percent slide in sales during the first half of this year. This is despite the overall boom in  the SUV and CUV segments which have largely helped the wider market grow.

Not suprisingly Jeep sales have continued to soar to new heights, with the off road oriented brand recording a 17 percent surge in sales during the month of June. These figures are quite potent and also represent the sales gap between the two camps.

If GMC does decide to go forward with its Wrangler competitor, look for it to arrive possibly as early as 2020. When it does arrive, it will have quite a challenge on its hands with the Wrangler currently serving as a segment benchmark.

GMC Teases 2017 Sierra Denali 2500 HD

GMC has released the first images of the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD revealing that a key change could be in store for its updated workhorse when it eventually makes its way to dealer lots.

The company did not release a detailed description of the truck but did spill the beans on the fully functional hood scoop that allegedly serves as a hint to “what is beneath its bold new appearance.” That statement (albeit a bit cryptic) does appear to hint that a new 2017-GMC-Sierra Denali-2500HD-003engine is lurking under the hood of the updated rig, potentially serving as the successor to the long running but equally long in the tooth 6.6 liter Duramax diesel engine. The Duramax brings 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque to GM’s current line of HD pickups. However despite its long resume of appearances in both past and current GM models, the engine has also fallen behind newer diesel engines wielded by Ford and Ram with its figures being dwarfed by both the Cummins turbodiesel as well as the Powerstroke diesel V8.

As for the mystery engine, it could feature a new generation of turbocharging technology since the scoop would be feeding air to the hungry turbos inside increasing both power and torque in the process. This would be a stark change from the Duramax which also 2017-GMC-Sierra Denali-2500HD-002uses turbocharging, but does not take in outside air with a hood mounted hood scoop and tends to have more restricted airflow going into it. Look for it to possibly retain the Duramax moniker and arrive with multiple fuel saving features including reduced friction parts and improved weight savings.

GM claims that it will be releasing more information about its 2017 HD truck models “in the coming months” with full details not being revealed until its formal debut. The trucks will presumably begin arriving in dealer lots later this year with the Sierra possibly arriving first. The updated Silverado HD will not be too far behind, and could make its appearance early next year.

GMC Unveils Sierra All Terrain X At Houston Auto Show

Buyers looking for a big brutish off road vehicle have a plethora of choices these days. While the iconic Jeep Wrangler has withstood the test of time (for better or for worse) during its long production run, other entries including the Ford SVT Raptor, Ram Rebel, and Ram Power Wagon have all added their own piece of the sales pie. However, ever since GM killed the Hummer brand during the death throes of the Great Recession. The firm has not had a formal off road entry to tackle this segment, but it looks to take a step back in that direction with the unveiling of the 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X.

While the All Terrain X will not be a true threat to the fore-mentioned models, it does arrive with a copious blend of off road oriented features that should at least help it get noticed by off road buyers. The exterior styling for example gets a monochromatic treatment and the 2016-GMC-Sierra-AllTerrainX-038slick black paint helps it look sinister yet functional at the same time. The “X” gets all new Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT mud rated tires that help improve off road grip and capability while the bed mounted sport bar not only brings a decidedly 90’s vibe to the truck, but can also accommodate accessory LED lighting packages.

Performance hardware for the All Terrain X has also been upgraded with the main draw being the familiar 5.3 liter V8 which is paired with a performance exhaust system to help raise power up to 365 horsepower (a gain of 10). GMC also claims that the exhaust has a 2016-GMC-Sierra-AllTerrainX-041meatier sound than before though we will actually have to hear it in person before we can issue a final verdict. The model also comes equipped with the standard All Terrain’s Z71 off road suspension and an Eaton locking rear differential to help it thunder its way through rough trails.

The 2016 GMC All Terrain X will make its way to dealer lots this spring with pricing and other information being revealed closer to its official launch. Some enthusiasts might question the need for the All Terrain X considering that it is the lone black sheep in GMC’s current strategy of being known for precision and refinement. However it does serve as an example of what GMC’s engineering arm is capable of, and we look forward to seeing one in person very soon.

GMC Unveils 2017 Acadia New All Terrain Model And New Features Aim To Expand Customer Reach

Following the release of a lone shadowy teaser image, GMC has formally unveiled the all new 2017 GMC Acadia which features new styling, technology, and an all new trim level in a bold attempt to expand the already impressive sales momentum that the Acadia already enjoys in the marketplace.

Unlike the current Acadia and its decidedly more blocky styling elements, the 2017 Acadia features all new styling that puts a greater emphasis on refinement while also incorporating more flowing elements into the design. The front fascia is all new and features horizontally mounted wrap around headlights (HID units on Denali grade models) 2017-GMC-Acadia-Denali-006as well as a new front grille that is smaller than before but still retains its GMC DNA. The rear fascia was also redone and benefits from all new tailights that look much more elegant than before. Each of the three trim levels available will have a distinct identity with the Denali model featuring copious amounts of chrome trim, HID headlights, and larger alloy wheels. Meanwhile the all new All Terrain model features black chrome trim and a body colored grille. This allows the Acadia to fulfill multiple roles while also offering new found levels of differentiation from one trim level to the next.

The interior has also been redone and was designed with a greater emphasis on family usability and comfort. An all new drawer has been integrated into the rear of the center 2017-GMC-Acadia-Denali-009console, and allows occupants to store electronic devices and other valuables out of site. All three rows feature USB connectivity and the cabin even features an innovative alarm system that goes off if items are left in the second or third row a handy feature that should help eliminate lost toys as well as tragic instances of children being left behind in cars (a fact that GMC struck home about during its conference.) The Acadia features 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space but that can be expanded to 41.7 cubic feet with the third row folded down. However with both rows folded the true potential of its hauling capabilities comes to light with an impressive 79 cubic feet available. Both the Acadia and the Acadia Denali can be had with either seating option but the All Terrain model will be the lone exception and will only be offered as a five seater due to its covered storage bins which are nestled where the third row would usually be

Performance for the Acadia with come from a pair of all new engines. Partially confirming a recent rumor is the base 2.5 liter four cylinder engine. While it does not have a turbocharger hooked up to it, it makes up for it by 195 horsepower and allows the Acadia to achieve an estimated 28 mpg on the freeway for front wheel drive models. Meanwhile an all new iteration of the familiar 3.6 liter V6 will also be offered on the Acadia. GMC claims that the2017-GMC-Acadia-Denali-006 new engine will make 310 horsepower which is a slight increase over the old Acadia and its 288 horsepower figure. It also delivers 25 mpg on the freeway and both engines benefit from the 700 lbs of flab that GMC cleaved off the CUV, which should help improve both efficiency and handling. The new engine’s strongest asset however, is its towing capability with properly equipped models being able to tow up to 4,000 lbs.

Speaking of towing, the Acadia also debuts a new technology known as Tow Vision which uses a rear mounted camera and programmed dynamic guidance lines to help line the trailer hitch to the ball of a trailer. While this maneuver may seem easy, lining the ball up with the trailer’s receiver can be very challenging and was a constant source of frustration for my parents when hitching up to the two travel trailers that that they owned. The camera also offers views of the trailer while driving which enhances safety especially if the trailer should break free due to failure of the hitching equipment. Regardless of which engine is selected, both will be mated to a six speed automatic transmission that comes with a built-in drive mode selector.

Another highlight is the all new All Terrain model which enhances the Acadia’s ability to go off the beaten path. While it will most likely not outshine a more formal off-road entry in various aspects of off-roading, the All Terrain does feature an advanced version of GM’s all-wheel drive system which features Active Twin Clutch Technology. The two clutches allow the system to deliver the right amount of traction in a wide variety of conditions. GMC did 2017-GMC-Acadia-All-Terrain-012reveal that while the system was tailored towards wet, snowy, and icy road conditions, the system will still provide enhanced stability on dry surfaces. This novel all-wheel drive system also features one final trump card and that is a special “All Terrain” mode on the drive selector (which replaces Off Road mode on other Acadias.) When selected, it allows the model to have enhanced hill climbing capability which is perfect for small to moderate grades.

Look for the 2017 Acadia to officially go on sale sometime later this year with official pricing and final performance numbers being released closer to its official launch to dealers. With the unveiling of this model, look for its two siblings (The Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave) to receive a similar suite of updates in the near future.

GMC Teases 2017 Acadia Ahead Of NAIAS Debut

With its debut fast approaching, GMC has released a lone teaser image of the 2017 GMC Acadia CUV just days before its official debut in Detorit.

First appearing on the brand’s official Facebook page, the image reveals that the rear fascia will receive new LED tail lights which are connected by a chrome bar. These lights would be a significant improvement over the current units which were recycled from the old Saturn Outlook, and tweaked for the Acadia. Earlier photographs taken by intrepid spy photographers suggest that the front fascia will feature an over-sized grille, LED daytime running lights, and horizontally placed headlights.

The interior of the Acadia will also receive an upgrade, and continue where the current generation’s cabin left off thanks to a new iteration of GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system which can now support both Android MyAuto and Apple’s CarPlay systems. Look for passenger space to continue being a strong selling point for the Acadia, with seating for up to eight passengers as well as copious amounts of cargo room and storage space for valuables.

Performance hardware for the new model is currently unknown, but the folks at Worldcarfans think that it will be powered by an all new 3.6 liter V6. Front wheel drive will once again be standard equipment with all-wheel drive optional. Rumors of a turbocharged four cylinder possibly making an appearance after the Acadia’s launch have persisted, but GMC is keeping technical details under wraps and more will likely be known when it is formally unveiled in a few days.

GMC will unveil more information online during the next few days, with the CUV making its appearance on dealer lots sometime next summer. With the Acadia’s debut, it’s safe to assume that the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave will also be updated in the near future in an effort to allow GM to maximize its competitive edge in the CUV marketplace.

GMC Considering Granite Based Compact CUV?

Rumors swirling around a possible GMC small crossover have festered for several years with the brand sending mixed signals on the matter. However, a new statement  from the head of GMC appears to suggest that the brand is indeed exploring the idea, and could be very close to releasing a production version based on the stylish Granite concept.

Based on the GMC Granite concept, the new model would share a platform with the Buick Encore and the Chevrolet Trax while also being priced in between the two. A major obstacle has always been the potential for the GMC version to steal sales from the Encore which has been a smash hit for the Buick brand in terms of sales since its release.

GMC boss Duncan Aldred was asked in a recent interview with Automotive News about the subject, and he revealed this compelling bit of information stating “I keep telling everyone, ‘How can General Motors’ truck brand not be the fastest growing segment in the industry, an SUV segment?” stated Aldred in a rhetorically themed tone. “if the first thing we do is ask, ‘Well hasn’t Buick got one?’ then we’re constantly surpressing one brand for the other.”

The new comments come only a few months after GM formally renewed its trademark for the Granite nameplate, and a full two years after Mark Reuss claimed that GMC would eventually get an “innovative portfolio entry” that would slot below the GMC Terrain, and feature a more car-like character. The new model would also be new territory for GMC, a brand that has traditionally identified itself with mid-size and full size SUV and CUV offerings, and has not had a response to the growing popularity of compact CUVs as of yet.

The Granite’s potential for success would follow the path blazed by the Buick Encore when it first made its debut several years ago. The tiny CUV has seen its sales grow by 33 percent during the first 11 months of 2015 to 61,051 units a figure that is expected to grow further with the introduction of the sport oriented “Sport Touring” variant. A key item to note here is that its sales were hardly impacted by the introduction of its sibling the Chevrolet Trax back in 2014. Sales for the Trax have been on a similar upswing in sales, with 57,707 units sold through the month of November. This is mainly due to the Trax’s more budget oriented approach to interior design, as well as a shape that is distinct enough to stand out from the more luxurious Buick.

However the Granite would face a tougher challenge than the Trax due to the two being offered in the same showroom, as well as the aesthetic limitations of the existing design. GMC engineers would have to undertake a more extensive redesign of the Mokka based suit of clothes to make the CUV fit in with the GMC design language while also making it stand out from the Buick in terms of features and pricing. It would be interesting to see if the Granite can carve a niche for itself and allow GMC to venture into a new but growing segment of the marketplace without treading on the shoes of its corporate siblings.

GMC Introduces 2017 Canyon Denali Ahead Of LA Unveiling

The 2016 GMC Canyon has made great strides since it was unveiled and not only has it single handedly revived the mid size truck segment, but also redefined what a mid-size pickup truck should offer. GMC aims to add a little bit of luxury to its impressive repertoire of moves with the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali.

When it makes its appearance alongside its big brother the Sierra Denali Ultimate, the Canyon Denali will be the latest cog in a broader plan that sees the Denali brand change into a more focused luxury competitor especially against Ram and Ford. The exterior styling retains the basic motif that has come to define other Canyon models, but a chrome grille and chrome trim around the fog lights help make the Denali version visually 2017 GMC Canyon Denali​stand out from the rest. Chrome sidesteps, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a polished exhaust tip round out the bling treatment while a spray-in headliner is standard equipment. Buyers will have six different colors to choose from (two fewer than the standard Canyon) but expect a metallic black hue as one of the choices since it tends to be very popular on other Denali models.

The interior of the Canyon Denali retains its basic Canyon roots, but it only comes in Jet Black, and features a unique dashboard, heated and cooled front seats, and Denali badging scattered throughout. GMC claims that the Canyon Denali will be the only 2017 GMC Canyon Denali​luxury mid-size pickup truck in the segment and that means that until the Colorado gets a luxury trim of its own, the Denali will have a very compelling chunk of the market all to itself.

Performance for the Canyon Denali comes from either the familiar 3.6 liter V6, or the recently launched 2.8 liter diesel four cylinder with transmission offerings also being carried over to the Denali. Look for the diesel in particular to stand out due to its fuel economy as well as its surprising amounts of capability.

After it makes its debut in LA, look for the truck to go on sale in late 2016 with pricing and final equipment information being released closer to its official launch.