Now here’s an SUV that’s gone through a big metamorphosis for 2018 and we are not exaggerating when we say it’s long overdue.
This is the redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain compact crossover. It’s the first redesign since GM’s bankruptcy in 2009. That’s a long time for a first-generation vehicle to be on the road.
The Terrain goes up against the Honda CR-V along with the RAV4, Ford Escape and Jeep Cherokee.
One glance at the redesigned crossover and you can see it has a much more sculpted and aerodynamic look. GM says it tweaked the overall shape in a wind tunnel – which also helped them reduce cabin noise.
The biggest news outside its restyled looks is under the hood.
It comes with a trio of smaller, turbocharged engines – and yes that includes a turbo-diesel. GMC offers three all-new available turbocharged powertrain systems, including a new turbo-diesel. Two new efficiency-enhancing nine-speed automatic transmissions are matched with the gas engines — a first for the GMC lineup.
The crossover also drops 400 pounds and is a few inches shorter than the outgoing model.
Here’s what you should know about the interior. GM really wanted to make it more refined so designers added an aluminum trim, soft-touch materials on the doors and instrument panel.
Another change is that they switched to a new electronic precision shift controller. It replaces the standard shifter with buttons and trigger. The short story is that it gives you more cargo space. There is also more storage thanks to fold-flat seating. Plus there are new storage compartments underneath the floor.
You get more available safety options on the new Terrain, too. Expanded offerings include a 360-degree camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking and lane keep assist. It also has a feature we really like — gm’s rear seat reminder. It alerts drivers to check the backseat before they get out of the car. Plus it also comes with teen driver— so parents can keep tabs on their teen’s driving habits.
The Terrain will go on sale this summer with SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims. By the way, GMC sold 700,000 first-generation models since it went on sale in 2009.
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