General Motors used the 2017 Detroit Auto Show to unveil the all-new, 2018 GMC Terrain, showing off its bolder exterior design, higher quality interior, modern tech and convenience features, and optional diesel engine.
The second-generation of GMC’s compact crossover eschews the squarish angles and trapezoidal grille of the previous model for a more streamlined profile and large rounded grille, a styling direction clearly inspired by the latest GMC Acadia. The sickled-shaped headlights and floating roof design are the biggest standouts.
Opting for the Denali package gets you the sub-brand’s signature chrome grille, body-color fascias and lower trim, chrome roof rails and side mirror caps, and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels.
Jumping inside, the new Acadia offers a more premium-feeling and sounding interior courtesy of more soft-touch materials, genuine aluminum trim and standard active noise cancellation. Infotainment duties are mostly carried out by a seven- and optional eight-inch infotainment system with 4G LTE connectivity and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto support. The conventional shifter has been replaced with an “electronically controlled gear selection consisting of push buttons and pull triggers”.
Five years of the OnStar Basic Plan is standard feature across the range.
Like the similarly-new Chevy Equinox, with which it shares its underpinnings, the Terrain can be had with the choice of either a 1.5L or 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The former generates 170-hp and 203 lb-ft., while the latter produces 252-hp and 262-lb-ft.
The 3.6L V6 of the first-gen model is no longer offered and has essentially been replaced with a new 1.6L diesel engine that produces 137-hp and 240 lb-ft.
All engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels or, if you so choose, all four wheels via an AWD system that can disconnect to a FWD mode in order to minimize drag and optimize fuel economy.
Safety has been enhanced by a range of new technologies, including Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Surround Vision, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and a new Safety Alert Seat.
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