2017 NAIAS: 2018 GMC Terrain looks bold and fresh image

The all-new generation of the GMC Terrain crossover has eschewed the boxy design, comes with sleeker styling and it’s also a lot lighter to bode well with the turbo engines.

The GMC brand has a lot riding on the Terrain compact crossover – it’s the company’s second best-selling model, and eight years after the present generation was introduced, it’s ready for a thorough update. The all-new 2018 GMC Terrain has been presented in front of the worldwide audience of the 2017 North American International Auto Show – delivering fresh styling, a new interior and also three turbocharged powertrains. The 2018 GMC Terrain has also decided to jump the gun in terms of design compared to the predecessor, with a sleeker design emphasized by the floating pillar treatment – and most importantly it’s also visually different from its platform sibling – the Chevrolet Equinox.


The new terrain is more compact than before – 3.2 inches shorter in length and with a 5.2-inch shorter wheelbase – so cargo space is slightly impacted. Just like the Equinox, the Terrain will make use of three turbocharged engines: 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline versions and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel. The first two options will be linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the latter gets a six-speed auto. The power levels vary between 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) and 252 hp (188 kw) for the gas versions and just 137 hp (102 kw) for the diesel Terrain – though this one comes with 240 pound-feet (325 Newton-meters) of torque. The Terrain is also lighter – up to 465 lb less than a corresponding 2017 model. There are also front and all-wheel drive options, alongside selectable drive modes.

2018 All-New GMC Terrain Denali

The interior comes with a new electronic shift lever, a fold-flat passenger seat, and rear seats that also fold flat into the floor. There’s also standard active noise cancellation as well as aluminum and leather trim. Technologies include a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a Bose sound system, as well as numerous safety options. On that front we can discuss a 360-degree camera system, forward-collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, lane-keep assist, and the Rear Seat Reminder feature. Trim options begin with the SL, go through the SLE, SLT, and end up with the Denali.