The 2018 GMC Terrain will be a player in the compact SUV section. GMC is most likely to launch the new Terrain in 4 trims – SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali. The lower trims will get 17 or 18-inch wheels while the Denali will get 19-inch aluminum wheels. Denali trim will also get more chrome parts on the body and interior.
2018 GMC Terrain – Design Makeover
To be built on GM’s D2XX platform, the 2018 GMC Terrain has a lot of similarities in components and platform with Chevrolet Equinox. GMC’s Acadia also has a similar design. The all-new Terrain will have a more rugged design including chrome bumpers and prominent grille with the iconic GMC emblem embossed.
Headlamps and tail lights have a new C-shape design. Side windows taper off towards the rear with smaller D-pillars. Higher Terrain trims will have roof rails. And it will retain the boxy square arc over the wheels from previous models.
The 2018 GMC Terrain will boast of a decent cabin space even though it’s a compact SUV. Rear passengers will have 39.7 inches of leg room and 51.8 inches of hip room. Cargo room is 29.6 cubic feet and 63.3 cubic feet when back seats are folded.
An interior full with innovations
The 2018 GMC Terrain will sport a luxurious interior. Premium leather will be used for the seats and steering. Chrome and aluminum parts will be used extensively.
The lower trims will have a 7-inch touchscreen console while Denali trim will have an 8-inch module. GMC Intellilink infotainment package will include Apple CarPlay along with Android Auto Functionality features. Other features will include: –
- Bose premium audio system
- OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi enabled HotSpot
- 360 camera support for parking assist
- Electronic Precision Shift Gear using buttons and switches
- Hands-free Liftgate
- Noise cancellation in cabin for a peaceful drive experience
GMC Terrain 2018 will be a showcase of GMC’s safety standards in vehicles. The vehicle will have a smart traction select system with a knob at the rear of the console to tune shift points and throttle points easily. This facility will be available for both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants.
Other safety features to be included, such as:
- Anti-Collision alert system
- Automatic Braking
- Lane related sensors are included – lane keep, departure and change alert
- Side blind zone detection system
- Rear cross traffic alert system using RADAR and camera technology
- Rear Seat reminder for drivers to not forget rear passengers before locking car
- Teen Driver system
- myGMC smartphone application to remotely start the car, unlock doors, pre-load destination into navigation
2018 GMC Terrain – Under the Hood
GMC’s newest compact SUV will come with three variants of the engine – 2 turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engines and a turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder engine.
The base unit will be a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gas fueled engine delivering 170 hp and 203 lb-ft. torque. The other gas variant will be a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder with a power output of 252 hp and 262 lb-ft. torque. Both gas engines will be supported by the 9-speed automatic transmission system.
The diesel engine variant will be a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder. Power output will stand at 137 hp and torque at 240 lb-ft.
Expect an efficiency of around 20 mpg in combined drive frames from such engines. Towing capacity has been slated to be around 3500 lbs.
2018 GMC Terrain – Release Date, Price, and Competition
This redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain will lock horns with other crossovers like Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5. The lowest trim would cost around $25,000 while the cost of its Denali version could be as high as $40,000. GMC, the American workhorse in US automobile market is set to launch its all-new Terrain model by the middle of 2018.