We’re not at all surprised after GMC introduced an all-new 2018 Terrain at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. To start with, the compact crossover is considered to be one of the brand’s best sellers. Since it has been ages since it was initially launched, there could never be a much better time for a change. Yes, finally, after eight long years, the crossover had its much needed facelift. GMC added not just one but three new turbocharged engines on the line-up. The interior has also been redesigned to match the new look of the exterior.
It’s very different from its sibling (the Chevrolet Equinox) even if the two are currently sharing the same platform. What GMC brought to the North American International Auto Show is a stunning compact crossover with swept back design, floating pillar and sloping roofline. By all means, the 2018 Terrain is a much sleeker version than the current model we have at the moment.
If we have to compare the latest with the current version, the length of GMC’s 2018 Terrain is shorter by 3.2 inches while its wheelbase is also shorter by 5.2 inches. As a result, the cargo space has decreased a little bit. But since the rear seats have been elevated while the back seats have been lowered, the total storage space has somehow increased from 29.6 to 63.3 cubic feet.
The all-new Terrain is now equipped with electronic shift control, fold-flat passenger seat as well as foldable rear seats. There are several other options when it comes to technology such as Bose sound system and infotainment system with 7-inch or 8-inch touch screen display. Backed by a 360-degree camera system, the enhanced safety features include Rear Seat Reminder, lane keep assist, automatic pre-collision braking and forward collision warning.
The top trim level is the SLT, followed by the SLE and SL variant which are offered in either leather or aluminum trim options. There is also the luxurious Denali package which includes a 19-inch set of wheels, navigation system, power lift gate, heated steering wheel, chrome exterior and LED headlights. On the other hand, the SLT comes with 18 inch wheels while the SLE and SL comes with 17-inch alloy wheels.
As we mentioned earlier, the new Terrain will be offered in three types of engines just like the Equinox. Both options for front wheel and all-wheel drive will come with the new crossover class. According to GMC, the lightest variant will be a front wheel drive with 1.5 litre gasoline and weighs 3,327lbs. Last but not the least, all engines and transmissions are made to be more fuel efficient.