“Terrain helped define the premium compact SUV segment and the all-new 2018 model elevates it with a stronger roster of standard and available features,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “GMC’s proven SUV experience makes it a more compelling choice than ever, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”
The 2018 GMC Terrain
The most obvious result of the upgrade is the aesthetic improvements. Overall, the Terrain is sleeker and smoother. The rectangular grille of the previous generation has been supplanted by a rounder, more refined front end. In the SLE and SLT trims, the grille features three sharp, horizontal slats. GMC has made the C pillars semi-transparent, giving the appearance of a floating roof. Also, the headlamps, with LED signatures, appear in a sharp curve.
GMC has made several turbocharged engines available, including a 1.6L diesel, and 1.5L and 2.0L gasoline variants. The base 1.5L will deliver 170 horsepower. The 2.0L, standard on the Terrain Denali, has 252 horsepower. Both of the gasoline engines will be paired with new nine-speed automatic transmissions for better acceleration and fuel economy. For entertainment, GMC has made OnStar 4G LTE WiFi and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard. But those aren’t the most exciting pieces of tech inside the Terrain.
Electronic Precision Shift
The 2018 GMC Terrain will also introduce Electronic Precision Shift (EPS). In contrast to its somewhat obtuse name, EPS is an elegant candidate to replace the shift lever. Some people are reluctant to part with their beloved shift levers. They may enjoy the firm response like that of a space shuttle’s throttle, or the fact that most shift knobs are terrible and sit next to your stereo’s volume knob.
Either way, EPS should be received as a nice compromise. Drive and Reverse settings are flipped like switches, while Park and Neutral are pressed like buttons. The EPS panel is just below the entertainment and climate controls. In a highly competitive vehicle segment, every advantage is important. And eliminating the shift lever frees up cargo space in between the front seats adding extra practicality to the Terrain.
The 2018 terrain will be available in several of GMC’s traditional trims.
- SLE (Starting MSRP $30,195)
- SLT (Starting MSRP $37,695)
- Denali AWD (Starting MSRP $41,695)
As you expect, when you upgrade to Denali, you get the best in comfort and style. The chrome web pattern replaces the base-model grille. GMC has covered body-coloured sideview mirrors with chrome. Seats are high quality leather with Denali stitching. The Terrain Denali also gets a standard suite of safety technology to help you master the road.
- Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear Park Assist
- Safety Alert Seat
Obviously, the 2018 GMC Terrain is shaping up to be one of the most exciting crossovers of 2017. GMC has stated it will be available for purchase at the end of the summer.