2018 GMC Terrain Brings Much Needed Updates To Aging Model

As expected, an all-new GMC Terrain has been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show ready for the 2018 model year.

The Terrain has been largely untouched since its 2009 introduction and General Motors has ensured it received a thorough overhaul including an interesting new design, two different transmissions and a selection of new engines.

When it hits the market, consumers will get the choice of either a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel, a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol or a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol all of which are mated exclusively to one of the two new nine-speed gearboxes. Additionally, it is now smaller than ever before and now targets the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4.

The compact 1.5-liter petrol pumps out 170 hp and 203 lb-ft (275 Nm) of torque and features continuously variable valve timing, stop/start technology and direct injection. As for the 2.0-liter, it has 252 hp and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm), ninety per cent of which is available from 2,000 rpm to 5,600 rpm. This engine can also tow 3,500 lbs, equal to the outgoing V6 model. As for the 1.6-liter petrol, it has 137 hp and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm).

All 2018 GMC Terrain models are available with an all-wheel drive system which includes a driving mode that sends power solely through the front wheels to improve fuel efficiency. Both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive models then include the Traction Select system which consists of a number of different driving modes to suit various conditions.

Courtesy of its updated design, there’s certainly no mistaking the 2018 Terrain from the outgoing car. Among the key design changes are the C-shaped headlights, the huge front grille, Nissan Murano-like floating roof and squared-off wheel arches.

The cabin has also been updated and improved and includes new aluminium trim, 7- or 8-inch infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and an on-board WiFi hotspot. The range-topping Terrain Denali also includes a 7-speaker sound system from Bose, a heated steering wheel and hands-free programmable power liftgate.

Some of the key safety features of the 2018 GMC Terrain include Forward Collision Alert, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert.

Pricing details haven’t been released but can be expected shortly.

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  • NOPE.

    • rover10

      Yep, GM have got this right, and it’s a surprisingly good design inside and out. Well done GMC. For once, this could sell globally and if adopted by Opel, the frontend should be toned down a little to appeal in its markets.

  • Mark S

    Not sure how I feel about this, the rear and side profile are nice. I guess we see where the trend in Headlight design is going.

  • chris

    Why does this look better than the XT5 lol

  • Kaisuke971

    Looks like a Kia for some reason.

    • Mike Stevens

      That’s an insult to Kia.

  • Six_Tymes

    I like it a lot inside and out, except for the grill, i think thats not quite as good as it should have been, it could have been shaped better. on the other hand, maybe its a design that will grow on me, which is a good thing as those types of designs tend to last longer.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      Six, ugly eyesores on the road are never a good thing. They won’t grow on you. Rather they will annoy you because the truth is, they were purposely created to be ugly and obsolete.

  • Althea Later

    A little too much happening. That chrome strip that ends up like a hockey stick… makes it look like the car has a roof rail on top of a roof rail. The chrome mustache over the rear license plate is a thing that needed to die off like 5 years ago. The grille is too large. And the “me-too” rear quarter panel that sweeps up is overkill and just makes it harder to change lanes.
    The 2018 Equinox is much better, IMHO, but I’m sure this will sell well.

  • Tony

    looks like thde acadias little brother.. but with a hint of Terrain old style still there

  • Grumpy

    I actually like it, but wish there was a V6 option and variations on the interior color.

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  • Ray

    I prefer the non-Denali grill.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I didn’t know Denali did a grill. How does it cook?

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  • no25

    I really liked the way the Acadia looked. I was hoping the Terrain would be a baby one; this is not what I was expecting. I think the headlights and overall rear design ruin it for me. For some reason, parts of me likes it and others don’t.

  • Nordschleife

    Those buttons for the shifter concern me. Just different for the sake of being different. A suprisingly nice evolution of what I thought to be the ugliest vehicle in GM’s current line-up.

  • WG

    Kia has the tiger nose grille.
    GMC has the pig nose grille.

    • 31/12/2999

      I suposse you didnt know what to write…

  • It’s hideous!

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  • CarCzarDesigner

    GM Yukon Owners from the late 1990’s & early 2000 will just love this.

  • SteersUright

    What school do American designers go to?? How on earth is a face like this ever approved and signed off for production? Are the executives at GM so old that in the blur of their bifocals this looked appealing on the drawing board and 3d/clay models? And is that interior made out of recycled lego pieces? If this is the best you can do GM, fire all your designers and just outsource your product design to the Germans or Japanese.

  • ediotsavant

    Aztek II

  • FromTheBackSeat

    The biggest design flaw I see with this cuv is the transmission selection buttons. They are cheap looking, way too low down, and the +/- buttons I assume are for up/down shift are just so uselessly far from the driver as to ask why bother. It is better than the electronic levers in the Chrysler/BMW/Mercedes/Audi and some Cadillac and Buicks but why not either do a column-shifter if you want more console storage or just a proper lever like in the Equinox? Or at the very least put them in a more accessible position to the driver than way down at the console surface.

  • nik

    Love the way this looks! Good job GMC!

  • Dennis Scipio

    That Push Button Transmission Shifter placed horizontally seems a bit awkward.

  • john1168

    I HATE the giant grille with the weird headlights. It’s different, I’ll give them that but it’s just not working for me. The rest of the vehicle looks fine.

    • Bash

      true… its just kinda strange for a GMC, a chevy fine, but a GMC!!!

      • john1168

        and the Chevy Traverse that came out looks great!

  • Mind Synthetic

    that is hideous, thank god I haven’t worked on this.

  • Turbo Fans

    the American shit imitate the Japanese “Toyota Fortuner” and “NIssan Murano”……American Car is likely try imitate the Chinese on copying car design

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not unattractive for this sort of thing. I’ve never met a crossover that I liked, though and I still haven’t.

    I’ll confess; the really strong negative reactions confuse me.

  • Michael_66589

    worst looking GM car in last 30 years.

  • disqus_wXEnzlLfv6

    Looks great except for the floating roofline. Great designs never originate from Japan. A functional window would work just fine.

  • Drifter

    Those are some awkwardly placed buttons for gear selection. Don’t see how anyone would want the “up”/”down” shifting buttons placed that far away from the driver seat. Plus shift buttons don’t make a lot of sense anyway.

  • Galaxium

    All the people involved in this rework need to have their paychecks cut ASAP

    Don’t know what they’re doing with the grille. It’s sorta round and sorta rectangular. Makes it look like a mouth.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      This is a niche vehicle meant to appeal to the working, middle class consumer that wants a contemporary CUV, yet retains the unsophisticated look of GM SUV’s of 20+ years ago that they love. GM’s hope is to to draw these owners out of their older vehicles and put them into new ones.

  • Good job for being different. It will surely stand out on the road.

  • TheHake

    It’s a bit ‘in your face’ but I like it.

  • Matthijs

    Well, atleast it looks much better than the horrible looking old one. I kinda like it although some chrome features are a bit too much and the floating roofline gets old

  • Sébastien

    They tried to make it look like a McLaren?

  • Bob

    “Terrain – Look at me!!! I’m weird.”

  • trentbg

    The interior already looks very outdated.

  • jc914

    holy shit. that’s ugly

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    GMC has done a great job with a modern and cohesive design!

  • 2018 GMC Terrain Brings Much Needed Updates To Aging Model..What is the hurry? I would have waited longer to bring something nicer looking than this crap

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Foly Huck! A pig wearing lipstick!

  • fabri99

    The rear end looks like it’s a Honda and the front end like a melting Cadillac. Get you sh*t together, GMC.

  • Francesca Carey

    Why did you redesign what was working? I LOVE the old design of my Terrain – it is boxy, and looks like a little truck. Now you have turned it into just another crossover… when you had the market CORNERED!! Someone has given you some BAD advice. Looks like I will have to find a new car… (sigh).

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