The 2018 GMC Terrain was among the brand-new vehicles introduced at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the redesigned compact SUV is expected to hit the streets this summer. When it does, customers can expect a sleeker, more sophisticated design, more safety technologies and a high-tech all-wheel-drive system.
The 2018 Terrain will be available with three new power plants that are all turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The entry engine is a 1.5-liter unit that produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. An available 2.0-liter gas engine will increase output to 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, with the same 3,500-pound maximum tow rating as with the current Terrain’s V6. The final choice will be the Terrain’s first diesel. This 1.6-liter engine makes 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, and GMC says it showcases “industry-leading refinement and quietness.”
All-wheel drive will be available with all of Terrain’s three new engines, and it can boost efficiency by disconnecting the rear axle when maximum grip isn’t necessary. Then, when extraction is needed, a Traction Select feature can provide real-time adjustments to the system based on road and surface conditions.
Additionally, the two gas engines are mated to the brand’s first nine-speed automatic transmission, while all powertrains feature stop/start technology and the new Electronic Precision Shift gear selector; it uses buttons and switches instead of a traditional shift lever, so there’s more storage room in the cabin and more freedom for GMC’s interior designers.
As a result, the new Terrain cockpit combines comfort and versatility, highlighted by standard amenities like a leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel, soft-touch materials, real aluminum trim and active noise cancellation. Leather-appointed seating, with a heated front row and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, is available on upper Terrain trims, and the new Terrain Denali range-topper will add a heated steering wheel, a six-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat and Denali-specific design cues.
For cargo-carrying, the 2018 Terrain provides more than 63 cubic feet of space when its rear seats are folded, and the front passenger seat folds to handle longer items. Also new for the Terrain are underfloor bins in the rear cargo hold, for additional, hidden storage resources.
Further filling out the new cabin of the Terrain are a full complement of cutting-edge safety and infotainment technologies. Right off the bat, all Terrain models will have standard vision systems, with the entry grades supplying a rearview camera setup and higher trims getting GMC’s 360-degree Surround Vision system as new standard equipment. The Terrain then continues to extend its protection with options such as lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking assistance. A new forward collision alert system with a following-distance indicator also debuts, as well as low-speed forward automatic braking, a rear-seat reminder and automatic high beams.
The previously mentioned Surround Vision system is new as well, and so is the Safety Alert Seat. This GM-exclusive adds another layer of driver alerts to the Terrain’s warning systems by vibrating the driver’s seat on whichever side a potential problem is detected.
The 2018 Terrain also supplies plenty of available infotainment content. Among the standard features, for example, is a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot with 4G LTE connectivity and the ability to support seven devices at the same time. Building on that capability is an optional Bose audio system, 7- and 8-inch touch screens, and the latest smartphone integration technology, which includes both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Terrain’s finishing touches involve a much more streamlined exterior appearance that’s set off by standard LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps, along with full LED headlamps for the Terrain Denali.