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GMC Uncovers New Terrain

New utility vehicle gets big makeover, new engines.

by on Jan.09, 2017

The 2018 GMC Terrain features all new exterior styling as well as a first-ever diesel option.

Like its Detroit neighbors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler, General Motors depends on sales of trucks and utility vehicles, making the debut of the 2018 GMC Terrain one of the more important events at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

Next generation Terrain offers more refinement and versatility as well as advanced safety technologies and an optional diesel engine.

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The Terrain can be equipped with three all-new available turbocharged propulsion systems, including the aforementioned turbodiesel.

The three all-new turbocharged engines available in the Terrain, including the 1.6-liter turbodiesel, provides more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability. The 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engines are matched with two new nine-speed automatic transmissions, with the 2.0-liter version offering stronger acceleration and a higher degree of performance than its 1.5-liter counterpart.

“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 new Terrain comes in three different trim levels as well as the high-end Denali.

“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,” Aldred said.

The 2018 Terrain goes on sale this summer in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali models, maintaining the momentum created by the first-generation model, of which more than 700,000 have been sold in North America since it went on sale in 2009.

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The exterior of the Terrain offers a new take on GMC’s new design language, which represents an evolution of the brand’s cues with stronger, sharper and more sculpted elements out front such as the grille and lighting features. The overall shape was refined in the wind tunnel to help ensure the distinctive profile cuts through the air with optimal efficiency and quietness.

“It is a striking design with functional beauty,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. “There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.”

The interior for the GMC Terrain Denali features a lot of satin finish chrome accents for 2018.

Elevating GMC’s new design, the all-new Terrain Denali will also feature its signature satin chrome grille along with Denali-specific accents including body-color fascias and lower trim, plus chrome roof rails, door handles, side mirror caps and body-side molding. Additionally, LED headlamps and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels are standard on Denali.

Like the exterior, the new Terrain’s interior includes new elements such as aluminum trim, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and doors and standard active noise cancellation are premium features seamlessly integrated into the interior design for a luxurious customer experience.

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An expanded center console with pass-through storage underneath and side-by-side cupholders adds to the Terrain’s functionality. A new fold-flat front passenger seat and flat-folding rear seat help Terrain offer greater versatility for stowing longer items and make it easier to load cargo. There are also new under-floor compartments in the cargo area for more secure storage.

The new grille for the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali.

GMC keeps passengers connected with 7- and available 8-inch touchscreen-based infotainment systems, featuring compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

All other models also feature LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps. Bi-functional HID headlamps are standard on SL, SLE and SLT. Additionally, 17-inch wheels are standard on SL and SLE, with 18-inch wheels available on SLE and standard on SLT.

An expanded range of available active safety technologies is designed to enhance driver awareness and even help make it easier to park and maneuver in low-speed situations.

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The features include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to potentially avoid them, including a new surround vision, forward collision alert with following distance indicator and low-speed forward automatic braking.

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