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The new Terrain sits firmly in the Compact Market and can compete with more expensive offerings

The GMC Terrain hit the market in 2010 as GMC’s smallest SUV, but because of its odd size, it lingered between the compact and midsize segments, often being called a “tweener” by some. It soldiered on for six years without any change until 2016 when GMC did a mild update. Even then, it wasn’t up to competing well and common complaints included that it was inferior in terms of technology and design. So, to remain relevant, GMC had to start working on the next-gen model, and it finally debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show as a 2018 model. With the new generation comes a sleeker and stylish exterior design that leaves the SUV’s old, boxy nature in the past. It gets some new technology that includes LED daytime running lights, HID headlamps on some trim levels, and an updated infotainment system that finally brings it into the modern ages. Under the hood, you’ll find the option of three different turbocharged four-bangers, one of which is a diesel and a pair of all-new nine-speed automatic transmission. But, more importantly, it rides on GM’s new D2XX architecture which should mean a lower curb weight and a stronger framework.

Speaking of Framework, that D2XX platform is the same architecture that underpins models like the Chevy Bolt, Chevy Cruze, 2018 Chevy Equinox, and even the Buick Envision – that’s right, these days buying an SUV means you get the same basic framework that is found in cars. As rumors suggested prior to its debut, the option of a V-6 engine dies off with the current generation, but those turbocharged four bangers should offer superior fuel economy. But, this new-gen model brings a lot more to the table than we can talk about here, so take a virtual walk with me, and we’ll go into the finer details before this baby hits showrooms.

Updated 5/3/2017: Pricing has been announced for the new GMC Terrain, with the entry-level model starting out at just $25,970, while the range-topping Denali trim starts out at $38,495. Check out the prices section below for more details.

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Consumer Reports Rips the 2018 GMC Terrain to Shreds in its Latest Review

Consumer Reports Rips the 2018 GMC Terrain to Shreds in its Latest Review

We haven’t seen a beatdown this bad since Goldberg squashed Brock Lesnar in 2016

Consumer Reports does not like the new GMC Terrain. Actually, that might be an understatement of its own because the publication just laid the smackdown on the new Terrain, squashing the SUV in one of the most damning video reviews we’ve seen in a while. There was a lot said in the space of three minutes, and almost all of them were criticisms of the Terrain. It may only be an opinion of one man — in this case, Autos Editor Mike Quincy — but the beatdown isn’t going to make the Terrain look any better in the eyes of consumers.

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2019 GMC Terrain Black Edition

2019 GMC Terrain Black Edition

Dark trim touches for a custom look

The GMC Terrain has been around since 2009, first breaking cover at the New York International Auto Show. The second-gen model arrived earlier this year in Detroit, and now, there’s a special Black Edition heading to New York offering a select number of dark aesthetic upgrades.

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2018 GMC Terrain – Driven

2018 GMC Terrain – Driven

Completely revised and ready for family life

Crossovers are all the rage these days, and that trend doesn’t look to be subsiding anytime soon. Automakers have to be on their A-game in this category – especially in the two-row mid-size category. It seems everybody and their grandma is trading their sedans for these high-riding wagons. As such, GMC has completely revamped its contender in the class, the Terrain. In fact, it’s all new for 2018, sharing no parts with the first generation model.

I recently spent a week living with this new second-generation family hauler. From shuttling the kiddo to and from school and bringing home the groceries to taking the wife on a hot date – the 2018 Terrain proved willing and able. My SLT tester slots above the SL and SLE trims, so it comes with plenty of standard features. It also slots under the swanky Denali trim, so it’s not completely loaded out. It seems the SLT trim makes a great middle ground, especially considering its $32,315 starting price. Naturally, GMC didn’t loan me an options-free model, so I had the opportunity to try the Terrain’s more upscale features. Here’s how it went.

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The 2018 GMC Terrain's E-Shifter Isn't That Bad

The 2018 GMC Terrain’s E-Shifter Isn’t That Bad

Expect for manually shifting gears, which sucks

When the 2018 GMC Terrain debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the automotive press took a collective gasp at the push-button shifter design GMC tried selling as “intuitive.” I even wrote an op-ed titled “Really GMC? This Shifter Idea Is Lame!” Needless to say I wasn’t impressed. Well, this week has the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain in my driveway and I have to admit it – the E-shifter isn’t as terrible as I expected it to be.

The buttons are logically arranged in the familiar PRNDL order, so there is no guessing at gear locations. Park is by far the simplest to engage. Just push the large button. Reverse and Drive are selected by pulling the toggle switch with a curved finger. Neutral and Low (which should really be labeled M for manual) are activated by pushes, as well. In manual mode, the (-) and (+) buttons do the obvious to the nine-speed automatic transmission.

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2018 GMC Terrain

2018 GMC Terrain

The new Terrain sits firmly in the Compact Market and can compete with more expensive offerings

The GMC Terrain hit the market in 2010 as GMC’s smallest SUV, but because of its odd size, it lingered between the compact and midsize segments, often being called a “tweener” by some. It soldiered on for six years without any change until 2016 when GMC did a mild update. Even then, it wasn’t up to competing well and common complaints included that it was inferior in terms of technology and design. So, to remain relevant, GMC had to start working on the next-gen model, and it finally debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show as a 2018 model. With the new generation comes a sleeker and stylish exterior design that leaves the SUV’s old, boxy nature in the past. It gets some new technology that includes LED daytime running lights, HID headlamps on some trim levels, and an updated infotainment system that finally brings it into the modern ages. Under the hood, you’ll find the option of three different turbocharged four-bangers, one of which is a diesel and a pair of all-new nine-speed automatic transmission. But, more importantly, it rides on GM’s new D2XX architecture which should mean a lower curb weight and a stronger framework.

Speaking of Framework, that D2XX platform is the same architecture that underpins models like the Chevy Bolt, Chevy Cruze, 2018 Chevy Equinox, and even the Buick Envision – that’s right, these days buying an SUV means you get the same basic framework that is found in cars. As rumors suggested prior to its debut, the option of a V-6 engine dies off with the current generation, but those turbocharged four bangers should offer superior fuel economy. But, this new-gen model brings a lot more to the table than we can talk about here, so take a virtual walk with me, and we’ll go into the finer details before this baby hits showrooms.

Updated 5/3/2017: Pricing has been announced for the new GMC Terrain, with the entry-level model starting out at just $25,970, while the range-topping Denali trim starts out at $38,495. Check out the prices section below for more details.

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Really GMC? This shifter idea is lame!

Really GMC? This shifter idea is lame!

I can already envision the recalls

Have you seen the gear “shifter” on the new 2018 GMC Terrain? GMC though it best to ditch any form of traditional gear selection method and go for a combination of buttons and triggers. Worst yet, the buttons are all similarly sized and located below everything on the center stack. What were the designers thinking?

Okay, so GMC explicitly explained itself at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show where the new Terrain debuted. The official press release reads:

“GMC’s new Electronic Precision Shift enables more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers.”

So the idea is to free space in the center console for other things. That’s a noble cause worth respect and admiration. However, this attempt seems half-baked at best. It creates an entirely new shifting mechanism for drivers to learn. Granted, GMC is hardly the first automaker to branch out on shifter design, but this is certainly the most different yet unappealing concept.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been a big offender. Its electronic shifter in the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, and Jeep Grand Cherokee has been highly denounced. A national recall was even issued to replace the shifter with a better design. Lincoln has also had issues with its out-of-the-box, push-button shifter. Its dash-mounted buttons had to be redesigned so people would stop mistaking Engine On/Off switch for Sport mode.

Admittedly though, FCA’s rotary shifter found throughout its lineup, including the Ram 1500 pickups, is a refreshingly simple design that’s easy to learn. Jaguar Land Rover products share a similar design. Honda also has a respectable “different” shifter design. It uses uniquely shaped buttons that are not easily confused and can be operated without looking.

I have to admit I have not tried GMC’s new shifter for myself since, well, no body outside GMC has driven the 2018 Terrain. After a long look, I can imagine the shifter would best be used with the right index finger operating Reverse, the ring finger operating Drive, and the thumb dedicated to Park. Maybe Of course, that doesn’t solve the issue of having to reach for the manual shifting controls, located almost near the passenger’s left knee.

Anyway, GMC’s choice to use a proprietary shifter design will do one of two things: become a familiar facet to GM vehicles thanks to its simple operation, or cause confusion and lead to possible safety recalls like FCA is currently dealing with. Here’s hoping for the former.

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2018 GMC Terrain Hits the Gym, Adopts a Modern Look

2018 GMC Terrain Hits the Gym, Adopts a Modern Look

An all-new platform, a turbodiesel, and a push-button shifter headline the new generation

GMC has pulled the covers off its all-new, 2018 Terrain. It follows the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox into a new generation of GM’s small crossover, with both sharing the same platform, same three engine options, and advanced safety systems. This is no hacked-up badge-engineering job, however. The GMC is definitely more premium thanks to its upscale, avant-garde styling, and classy interior with high-end materials. The Terrain even adopts a push-button gearshift to free up center console space. And yes, GM’s new 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder is available and the Denali continues as the range-topping trim.

The Terrain will remain a two-row crossover with a transversely mounted engine powering the front wheels or all four wheels. That’s where the connection to the outgoing Terrain stops. Nearly everything from the lug nuts up is new, including its D2XX platform.

Outside, the Terrain is said to expand on GMC’s new design language ushered in by the 2017 Acadia. Sharp lines, crisp angles, and premium details help separate the GMC apart form its GM cousins and anything else in the compact crossover segment. The Terrain is offered in four trim levels – the SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali. GMC expects the Denali trim to continue its respected 25-percent take rate among buyers. Like other GMC models, different grille designs and wheel options will separate the trim levels, with the Denali getting the iconic cheese-grater chrome grille and large 22-inch chrome wheels.

Helen Emsley, executive director of Global GMC Design, said, “It is a striking design with functional beauty. There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.”

As for powertrains, a 170-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder is the entry-level engine. A 2.0-liter turbo four offers more grunt, at 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The range-topping engine is the new 1.6-liter turbodiesel. It makes 136 horsepower and a respectable 236 pound-feet of torque. While it’s less powerful than the 2.0-liter, it is expected to earn a higher EPA fuel economy rating. The two gasoline four-cylinders come mated to a nine-speed automatic, while the turbodiesel get a six-speed automatic.

AWD models can be switched into FWD mode for fuel savings, or left in automatic AWD mode, which detects slippery conditions and automatically activates the rear axle for added traction.

Inside, the GMC offers a spacious and well-conceived interior with a very functional layout. The traditional shift lever was ditched in favor of a push-button sifter located low on the center stack. Dual-zone climate controls, heated and cooled front seats, and GMC’s latest IntelliLink infotainment system software are all present.

Safety systems include GMC’s Surround Vision camera system, Forward Collision Alert, Low-Speed Forward Auto Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and GM’s Safety Alert driver seat.

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GM Debuting Two New Crossovers at Detroit

GM Debuting Two New Crossovers at Detroit

Looks like the Chevy Traverse and GMC Terrain will move into next generation

General Motors is set to debut two, all-new crossovers at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January. The news comes from a source with knowledge of GM’s plans who spoke under anonymity to Automotive News. The two crossers will be the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2017 GMC Terrain.

The two family friendly vehicles are the oldest crossovers the GM’s fleet, with both dating back to GM’s 2009 bankruptcy days. In the years since, GM has focused on improving its pickup truck, large SUV, and sedan lineups. Attention has now turned to crossovers.

The first member of GM’s new generation of crossover is already selling at dealerships: the 2017 GMC Acadia. It rides on the C1XX platform shared with the 2017 Cadillac XT5. The 2017, second-generation Acadia is smaller than its predecessor, but still has three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. The same platform update is expected for the next generation Chevy Traverse, however it’s expected to retain its larger size.

As for the GMC Terrain, it will debut with a new platform shared with recently released 2018 Chevy Equinox. Both are likely to share the same powertrain options, which include a 1.5-liter turbo-four, a 2.0-liter turbo-four, and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder.

These updated crossovers should find great success as consumer trends have shifted towards crossovers. Even at their current age, GM sold 119,945 Traverses and 112,030 Terrains in 2015.

The Detroit Auto Show will take place January 8 through 22, with the most debuts happening Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10. TopSpeed will be covering the show in force, so stick around for all the latest releases.

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2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition

2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition

GMC’s smallest crossover goes Johnny Cash

The GMC Terrain is getting the Nightfall treatment, debuting as a special edition package on the refreshed crossover. The 2016 model year brought new looks for the Terrain, and now, the five-passenger people hauler is getting the “murdered-out” look for 2017.

“Building on its best year ever, Terrain continues to attract new and style-conscious customers to GMC,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The new Terrain Nightfall Edition adds another great-looking and well-equipped choice for this popular SUV – one that will stand out in a crowd.”

The Terrain is the latest GMC to get the Nightfall appearance package, joining the Canyon Nightfall Edition. Both vehicles offers black wheels, black grilles, black front and rear fascias, and of course, black paint. The Terrain also joins the GMC Sierra All Terrain X as a “personalized” offering from the automaker. GMC hopes to attract buyers hungry for something less mainstream while still getting all the everyday usability found the crossover.

The 2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition goes on sale in the fall of 2016. GMC has yet to disclose pricing, but expect GMC to charge a hefty premium. Opting for the Nightfall Edition on the 2016 Canyon results in a $4,815 price increase.

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2016 GMC Terrain

2016 GMC Terrain

GMC has just announced a host of enhancements for its popular midsize crossover ahead of the 2015 New York Auto Show. This mid-life refresh of the GMC Terrain consists of visual updates, both inside and out, that will hopefully breath new life into its sales. Not that its sales are slacking – GMC says the crossover had its best year ever in 2014, selling 105,016 units in total.

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2016 GMC Terrain

2016 GMC Terrain

GMC has just announced a host of enhancements for its popular midsize crossover ahead of the 2015 New York Auto Show. This mid-life refresh of the GMC Terrain consists of visual updates, both inside and out, that will hopefully breath new life into its sales. Not that its sales are slacking – GMC says the crossover had its best year ever in 2014, selling 105,016 units in total.

These visual updates span across the Terrain’s trim levels, including the popular Denali model. The model lineup now consists of the SL, SLE, SLT, and of course the Denali. The SLE grade further breaks down into SLE-1 and SLE-2 trim levels, giving customers more choices when it comes to grouping options together.

GMC is leaving well enough alone in regards to the Terrain’s powertrain. Two engine options and two drive-wheel options offer the span between a four-cylinder with FWD to a V-6 with AWD. Fuel economy is also expected to stay put, with the highest rating listed at 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

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2014 GMC Terrain

2014 GMC Terrain

The 2014 GMC Terrain is the perfect example of how a company can put a model in the best position to succeed by not deviating away from its true identity, even if it means not appeasing those who clamor for a new and futuristic design. The Terrain may be classified as a midsize SUV, but it still has the soul of a truck, which is why the muscular nature of its looks fits into its identity. The 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque also helps in that department.

It probably would’ve been a good idea to change the way the Terrain looks if it was struggling in sales, but the Terrain has been one of GMC’s more successful models, and there doesn’t appear to be much calling for any drastic changes to its appearance.

Why change a good thing, right? In the case of the Terrain, it definitely applies.

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2013 GMC Terrain Denali

2013 GMC Terrain Denali

General Motors has officially revealed the highly anticipated 2013 GMC Terrain Denali ahead of its public debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Not only does the Terrain finally get the Denali trim as an option for the 2013 model, but it also gets a bigger, more powerful engine. The current 264 HP 3.0L V6 option gets replaced with a new 301 HP 3.6L direct injected V6. Those who want to stick with the standard Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder will get the best of both worlds; best in class fuel economy and, thanks to the Denali trim, the most luxurious SUV in its segment.

The Denali trim has been very successful for GMC vehicles, and the Terrain has been eagerly waiting to wear the Denali emblem ever since the very first one rolled off the assembly line in late 2009. The Terrain is already GMC’s hottest seller with the 2012 model’s sales up 37 percent from 2011, and adding the Denali trim will only boost sales further. Last year, over half of all GMC Yukons and Yukon XLs sold included Denali trim. GM global marketing chief Joel Ewanick calls Denali, which accounts for 15 percent of total GMC sales, "a brand within a brand."

The first Denali offering was revealed at the 1997 Detroit Auto Show with the 1999 Yukon Denali. It was GMC’s goal to set the Yukon apart from its Chevrolet counterpart. Over a decade later, GMC is still setting itself apart even though all of GMC vehicles are built on platforms shared with Chevrolet.

Updated 06/12/2012: Chevrolet announced today prices for the new 2013 Terrain Denali that will go on sale in the third quarter of this year. Prices will start from $35,350, including an $825 destination charge. Options like all-wheel drive can rise the base price to $37,100, while a V-6 can be paired with either drivetrain for an additional $1,500.

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2010 GMC Terrain

2010 GMC Terrain

Pontiac’s Torrent was not exactly the best fit to share the platform of the Chevrolet Equinox SUV. So for the new Equinox, the SUV-friendly GMC get the variation with the Terrain. Prices for the 2010 Terrain range from $24,995 for the SLE1 model and go up to $29,995 for the SLT2 model.

Just like it’s Equinox twin, the GMC Terrain will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 182 hp (estimated 30 mpg) and a more powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine with 264 hp. Both engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmissions, and will be available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

While on paper this may seem like a purely badge-engineered version of the Equinox, there is more to the Terrain. Although mechanically similar, the Equinox still goes for the look of a Lexus RX 350, the Terrain is going after a tougher truck-like market.

Video and press release after the jump.

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2010 GMC Terrain prices announced

2010 GMC Terrain prices announced

The new 2010 GMC Terrain will go on sale in September with a price starting from $24,995 for the front-wheel drive model and from $26,745 for the all-wheel drive model.

The new crossover will be offered with a choice of two engines: SLE1 powered by a 2.4L direct-injection engine that delivers 182 hp and has a fuel economy of 32 mpg and the SLT2 powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 264 hp. THE SLT2 features leather seating, a premium Pioneer sound system, a power liftgate, sunroof and a special chrome appearance package, starts at $29,995.

Press release after the jump.

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