GMC Step Up Their Game With All-New 2018 Terrain Crossover

With several of its direct rivals busy fighting for the compact SUV sales crown, the 2018 GMC Terrain, on display in Detroit, finally looks ready to throw its hat in the ring.

Catching up to the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or the Ford Escape is a pretty tall order, but thanks to more efficient engines, and 2017-worthy on-board technologies, the Terrain is now at least worth considering if you’re in the market for such a crossover.

The first thing that hits you when it comes to this new-gen model is the exterior redesign, which may come across as slightly unoriginal from certain angles, but with so many automakers doing floating roofs now, it’s a task to even remember who started the whole trend.

Other than that, the Terrain remains easily recognizable as a GMC product, despite its more modern and less boxy appearance both outside and in – which is where you’ll find new trim, 7″ and 8″ infotainment systems, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity as well as on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. You can even get a Bose 7-speaker audio system in the range-topping Terrain Denali, to go with a heated steering wheel and a hands-free programmable power liftgate.

Active safety systems include the new Surround Vision, Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Safety Alert Seat.

On the road, the all-new Terrain will offer buyers a choice between a 170 HP 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol, a 252 HP 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol and even a 137 HP 1.6-liter turo-diesel. You can also get your 2018 GMC Terrain with an all-wheel drive system and one of two new nine-speed gearbox. The upside here is that you get more storage room in the center console thanks to GMC’s Electronic Precision Shift tech, which replaces the conventional shifter with an “electronically controlled gear selection consisting of push buttons and pull triggers”.

The 2018 GMC Terrain is expected to go on sale this summer in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims.


  • Six_Tymes

    this looks very good. way better than the current. I also like the gray ones grill design better than the red

    • Six Thousand Times

      What, now I’ve gotta do a grill joke for you, too? So disappointed!

  • Mark S

    I am not getting this, The high sides are silly.

    • Grumpy

      What part? All i see is that they did a good job modernizing it while retaining the boxy look. Last gen looked cheap, this actually looks a bit upscale.

  • DBP

    That is some rear end, and push and pull buttons to shift gears? I feel like both are present just for the sake of being different…not really any value add. In fact the exterior design compromises outward visibility which is typically a selling point for a high riding SUV (the commanding view), or so I thought. The thing is just wierd, there is said it.

    • Robert

      “I feel like both are present just for the sake of being different…not really any value add.” But if you think about, we can say that about almost every brand this vehicle competes with, they all have their own little design novelty that makes us eye-roll. 😉 But I do understand where you’re coming from.

  • MultiKdizzle

    Like those headlights a lot.

  • Kash

    I like the Denali grille but hate all the chrome, I hope they offer a black option. That strong shoulder crease is also amazing and works so well with the floating roof/D-pillar.

    All i can see from the back is Honda Pilot/HRV, but it’s a way better execution of the design and the proportions are way better than Honda’s.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Yeah, that grille’s a little busy.

    • Grumpy

      ohh… don’t get me started with “black editions.” Biggest gimmick in the Crossover and truck segment.

      When will they realize chrome is for trim and not panels
      I saw the Hondish rear lights and end too.

      Really like the design. First crossover in while that maintains a boxy design.

      • Kash

        Not a “black edition” but a “black pack” like Jag offers on the F-pace. Or rather a “Chrome Delete” option.

        I really like this and the new Traverse actually. The traverse has that same super boxy design that’s actually nice to look at.

        Edit: also super glad that GM actually made the Equinox/Terrain/Envision and Traverse/Acadia all look super different from their corporate cousins and don’t look like the first gen Traverse/Acadia/Enclave. Now I’m excited to see the next Enclave and it gives me hope for the next Yukon/Tahoe/Escalade as well.

  • Imjus Sayin

    Was this designed in China, ‘cuz it sure looks like it was.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Something about this design screams “too much”

  • roy

    Feel like puking…. Hate just somehow don’t get over the design… And the interior looks vanilla

  • Knotmyrealname

    Tough titty if you ever wanted to see out of the car turning ’round and looking over your shoulder.
    Looks like someone in the design team owns an i3.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Honest question. What’s the micro usb for?

    • TimKR

      Could that be USB-C?

  • Ilya Kirienko

    Brilliant gearbox selector. Facepalm.

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