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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.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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2017 GMC Acadia

2017 GMC Acadia

General Motors has finally began reinventing its largest crossover SUV lineup after nearly a decade on the market. Bowing first, the 2017 GMC Acadia boasts an all new chassis formed from thinner yet stronger high-strength steel, measures narrower and shorter, drops 700 pounds, and boasts a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder as the standard engine.

Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to haul seven passengers in high-end GMC comfort, but the eight-passenger seating configuration is no longer offered. The Acadia can also be configured to seat five or six, depending on seating packages.

“The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

GMC’s official stance on the resizing is that the new Acadia is better positioned between the midsize Terrain and the fullsize Yukon, while offering better maneuverability, driving dynamics, and fuel economy. Those are all fantastic achievements, but we wonder if GMC is making the right choice by decreasing interior volume.

The 2017 Acadia will surely sell very well regardless. The current Acadia, which has been on the market since 2007 and unchanged since its mid-cycle refresh in 2013, has continually sold extremely well. GMC moved 96,393 units during 2015 alone. The Acadia’s Buick and Chevrolet cousin, the Enclave and Traverse, sold 62,081 and 119,945 units respectively in 2015. It’s easy to see how important this platform is to The General.

Let’s dive into what the 2017 GMC Acadia is all about.

Update 02/16/2016: GMC has announced official pricing for the 2017 Acadia. Prices fall $1,905, giving the base SL-trim Acadia a starting price of $29,995. More details are found in the pricing section below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 GMC Acadia.

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2017 GMC Acadia

2017 GMC Acadia

General Motors has finally began reinventing its largest crossover SUV lineup after nearly a decade on the market. Bowing first, the 2017 GMC Acadia boasts an all new chassis formed from thinner yet stronger high-strength steel, measures narrower and shorter, drops 700 pounds, and boasts a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder as the standard engine.

Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to haul seven passengers in high-end GMC comfort, but the eight-passenger seating configuration is no longer offered. The Acadia can also be configured to seat five or six, depending on seating packages.

“The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

GMC’s official stance on the resizing is that the new Acadia is better positioned between the midsize Terrain and the fullsize Yukon, while offering better maneuverability, driving dynamics, and fuel economy. Those are all fantastic achievements, but we wonder if GMC is making the right choice by decreasing interior volume.

The 2017 Acadia will surely sell very well regardless. The current Acadia, which has been on the market since 2007 and unchanged since its mid-cycle refresh in 2013, has continually sold extremely well. GMC moved 96,393 units during 2015 alone. The Acadia’s Buick and Chevrolet cousin, the Enclave and Traverse, sold 62,081 and 119,945 units respectively in 2015. It’s easy to see how important this platform is to The General.

Let’s dive into what the 2017 GMC Acadia is all about.

Update 02/16/2016: GMC has announced official pricing for the 2017 Acadia. Prices fall $1,905, giving the base SL-trim Acadia a starting price of $29,995. More details are found in the pricing section below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 GMC Acadia.

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2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon first came on the scene in 2004 as the replacement for the GMC Sonoma pickup that dates back to 1982. While both the Sonoma and Canyon were corporate twins to the Chevrolet S-10 and Colorado, the GMC had it own styling. The Canyon proved to be a great improvement over the Sonoma, offing stronger engine choices and better fuel economy. Canyons were available in single, extended, and crew cab forms, with bed lengths to suit each cab. Now for 2015, the GMC Canyon is back in production, having been on hiatus since 2012. The 2015 model is completely new, with an overhauled exterior and interior, new engine options, and a far superior overall design. Like the years prior, GMC’s latest Canyon shares most of its underpinnings with its Chevrolet counterpart.

The Canyon comes with two initial engine options for 2015: a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6. Both are gasoline mills. However, for 2016, a 2.8-liter, I-4, Duramax, turbo-diesel engine will be offered. Automatic and manual transmission are available, both sporting six gears. The truck rides on a fully boxed, hydroformed steel frame.

Updated 09/22/2014: General Motors has announced the EPA fuel economy estimates for the Canyon. At its best, the midsize truck achieves 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. GM also released payload ratings, listing the V-6 Canyon at 1,620 pounds. Both stats are class-leading.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 GMC Canyon.

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2011 Detroit Auto Show Recap

2011 Detroit Auto Show Recap

As the first major international auto show of the 2011 calendar year, the North America International Auto Show sees no shortage of manufacturers all looking to break in the new year with a bang.

Some make a tremendous impression on all of us, whereas others just fade into obscurity as soon as the show ends. The challenge for these automakers is to make sure that they bring out products, whether its of production material or it’s a concept that will stand out from the rest.

All the happenings of the Detroit Auto Show took at the Cobb Center in Detroit a few weeks ago so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what vehicles served notice at the event.

This recap will cover all the cars that were officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Check out the list and let us know which of these new toys on the block you’d want to be taking home to with you.

Check out the list after the jump.

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2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview

2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview

We kind of get the feeling that 2011 is going to be a big year for automakers. We don’t have a tangible explanation for it, but there’s something about the air this year that feels like the next 12 months will be filled with more ups than downs and, hopefully, a lot less recalls than 2010.

We’re barely a few days into the new year and we’re already getting excited over the first major event for 2011, the North American International Motor Show. All the happenings will take place at the Cobb Center in Detroit on January 10, 2011 so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what to expect when the floor opens.

The list of vehicles we’ve included on the list are cars that have officially - and unofficially - punched in their tickets for Detroit. Some cars that will appear are still being withheld for suspense purposes, but what’s the fun in having a preview if we can’t dig up the cars that want their presence to be a surprise?

Either way, we’ve included all of these models so head on over past the jump to see which cars to expect when the NAIAS opens its doors next week.

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2011 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept

2011 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept

While the Detroit Auto Show is just a few weeks away, General Motors has decided to offer us a few hints on what the company will be offering, and the first details revealed are on the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept.

Based on the Sierra HD, the Sierra All Terrain HD concept is shorter, wider, and taller than the original. It features a unique five-foot, eight-inch Crew Cab/short box body configuration that supports a wheels-at-the-corners proportion. Its exterior design is accentuated by a large, airflow-optimized grille, streamlined bumpers, large fender flares, LED lights, smooth-appearance front marker lamps integrated behind the top edge of the windshield glass, and 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 35-inch-tall BFGoodrich tires.

Under the hood GMC has placed a 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 engine that delivers a total of 397 HP and 765 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 01/06/2011: News images for the 2011 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept have been revealed. These images feature more shots of the exterior and even a couple highlighting the interior of GM’s modified heavy duty truck. Check them out in the gallery provided!

Press release after the jump.

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2010 GMC Granite

2010 GMC Granite

The American truck builder GMC unveiled the Granite concept, a compact crossover with a unique opening arrangement similar to a German cousin, at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The GMC Granite Concept combines the same monolithic stone like design that General Motors brought to market with the full sizeTerrain, however this time in a smaller streamlined MPV style body. The new concept combines urban industrial design with everyday practicality and is aimed at young time crunched professionals.

If the Granite becomes a production vehicle, it will become the smallest GMC ever. Powered by a boosted 1.4 Liter four cylinder engine and gas sipping six speed transmission, the turbocharged mini truck would make for a very efficient, practical and stylish mode of urban commuting. The exterior of the Granite features an over sized version of GMC’s signature grill with a pair of vertical LED headlamps that trail back into either fender and dare we say R8 inspired vents underneath. Add in an interior that is easy on the eyes, a brushed metal tip sticking out the center of the back bumper and cap it off with a 20 inch set of wheels and you get one bad little GMC truck.

Press release after the jump.

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