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 lines 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, chrome 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 gear 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 comes 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.