The 2018 GMC Terrain

“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.”

Meet the 2018 GMC Terrain.

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.

Performance

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.

Trims

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.

Meet the 2018 GMC Terrain

2018 GMC Terrain

According to vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing, Duncan Aldred, “GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain.” 700,000 of the first-generation Terrain have been sold in North America since 2009. Now, GMC is redesigning the widely popular Terrain for 2018. The hard angles that defined earlier models have been abandoned. GMC has smoothed out the interior into elegant lines. But the visual shakeup is hardly the most interesting change.

2018 GMC Terrain Electronic Percision Shift
GMC’s New EPS

Shifting from Levers

GMC’s biggest announcement was the removal of the shift lever. Electronic Precision Shift, a row of buttons and switches, will replace standard shifter. Neutral and Park are buttons, while Drive and Reverse must be pulled like switches. The difference will (hopefully) keep drivers from selecting the wrong mode. While it might seem strange to get rid of shift levers, the move frees up space in the center console. Room for storage has always been important to SUV buyers. But in a crowded market space, it’s hard to distinguish your brand. GMC hopes EPS is the kind of solution that will help them stand out.

2018 GMC Terrain Conquerors

GMC has revamped the Terrain’s powertrain selection as well. Buyers can choose from:
1.5L Turbo DOHC DI
2.0L Turbo DOHC DI
1.6L Turbo Diesel

The 1.5L and 2.0L engines are complemented by new nine-speed automatic transmissions. The Ford and Chevrolet designed gearbox has never appeared in a GMC vehicle before.

Safety Technology

The 2018 Terrain will also be packed with a suite of available features represents the latest in safety technology:

Surround vision
Forward Collision Alert
Lane Change Alert
Lane Keep Assist
Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
And More

If you can’t wait until the release of the 2018 model, or if you’re really into shift levers, you can still find out why the GMC Terrain is one of North America’s favourite SUVs. Check out our inventory of brand-new Terrains.