To perpetuate the premium feel of the Terrain, GMC has increased the power, options, and accents available to put it at the front of its pack. With a body style that’s reminiscent of the Acadia but more compact, the GMC Terrain offers a zippy and luxurious ride.
Just like the previous generation, there are five trim levels but with the addition of three engine choices including two turbocharged gas engines and a turbodiesel. The base is a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder with 170 horsepower, and 203 pound-feet of torque and the next step up has a few more ponies to play with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 with 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both gas engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The big surprise and delight for fans of low-end torque is the diesel engine option on the Terrain. It’s a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder with 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of twist. And just to keep it interesting, the diesel works with a six-speed automatic transmission instead of the nine to provide a smoother ride.
Keeping with the options theme, there will be both front- and all-wheel drive available depending on the trim level. Moreover, the AWD models will have a FWD mode that decouples the rear wheels when they aren’t needed for improved fuel efficiency.
The interior looks refined and plush with new accents of aluminum and fine grain wood. The center console has been reworked to provide a more open feel to the cabin and improve storage space. Depending on the trim level, you’ll find a 7- or 8-inch infotainment system with a standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. For more connectivity, you can add GMC’s myGMC smartphone app to remotely start the car, lock and unlock doors and pre-load destinations into navigation.
There’re countless options available with this fresh-faced 2018 GMC Terrain. Expected to be available this summer, prices should be close to the current Terrain models. Contact a team member today for more information.
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