The GMC Terrain has proven to be an incredibly popular compact SUV, with over 700,000 sold since 2009, but the brand has recently unveiled a completely new version that’s sure to put the Terrain in even greater demand.
The 2018 Terrain gets a bold new design and improved powertrains along with additional refinement and safety features.
“GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Terrain builds on that success, leveraging GMC’s proven premium SUV experience to shake up the largest vehicle segment, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”
The newest Terrain will be available in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali models. When it goes on sale in the coming months, you’ll be able to choose from three all-new turbocharged engines. A 1.5-liter engine makes 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque, while the available 2.0-liter brings output to 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. You can also add the new 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine with 137 hp, a potent 240 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available for improved traction. All models now feature a Traction Select system that lets you choose from various settings to improve driving performance in all conditions.
You’ll immediately notice the new look that’s adapted from the next chapter in GMC design. The 2018 Terrain is sharper looking with crisp lines, and in addition to a significant weight reduction, you’ll find new grilles, headlights and rear C-shaped lighting for added flair. The Denali model gets signature styling cues with plenty of chrome trim and large 19-inch wheels.
Inside, engineers placed an emphasis on functionality and refinement. Soft touch materials, genuine aluminum trim and improvements to cabin noise add to the luxury experience. Utility and functionality are also improved with a front passenger seat and rear seat that fold flat for greater versatility. Some of the highlight features include a seven-speaker Bose® audio system, navigation, heated steering wheel, hands-free power liftgate and an infotainment system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility. OnStar® 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot also makes an appearance, and all Terrain models get five years of the OnStar Basic Plan.
Safety is improved with the addition of advanced safety features like Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking and Surround Vision. The Safety Alert Seat finds its way into the 2018 Terrain, too.
The 2018 GMC Terrain is sure to be the best model yet. More details and pricing will be available in the coming months, so let us know if you’re interested and we’ll keep you in the loop.
This article is presented by Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts.