Next-Generation 2018 GMC Terrain Finally Making its Debut

2018 GMC Terrain review

The next-generation project of the 2018 GMC Terrain is coming this year. The model made a debut at the Detroit Auto Show this year as a 2018 model which will keep the car still relevant on the market. The new generation model is supposed to be sleeker and have a stylish exterior which will depart from the old, boxy SUV style from before. They are also some preparing new technology, like LED daytime running lights, HID headlamps for the outside and an updated infotainment system for the inside. Changes are also going to happen under the hood where there are three different turbocharged four-bangers available. But the best part of the new GMC Terrain car for 2018 is the usage of the new D2XX architecture which will lower the curb weight of the car and add a stronger frame.

The first GMC Terrain was introduced to the market back in 2010 and was the smallest SUV vehicle that GM has introduced yet. It had a really peculiar size so it was somewhere between a compact and a midsize car in terms of its appearance. It was going for six years without any updates, when in 2016 they finally decided to give it a mild refresh. But even with the update, there were many complaints about the vehicle which primarily had to do with the technology implemented for the vehicle. This is the part which prompted a quick turnaround with the new-generation car.

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The best part of the update has to be the framework though, these days the type of framework for an SUV is the same as for a regular cars. Also this might be the last SUV using a V-6 engine as a four-cylinder one might start to get more popular thanks to superior fuel economy.

The next-gen 2018 GMC Terrain is coming soon and we are here to report about it with our review and help you make sense of the recently released pictures of the car.

When is the Release Date of the 2018 GMC Terrain Scheduled?

The newest 2018 GMC Terrain has showcased its new-generation model at the Detroit Auto Show this year. It was the first time that we were able to get a glimpse of the car and see what it is all about. But as it just so happens the model will be released by the end of the year. The release date will be determined soon but we are certain that the car is going to be available for sale by then.

How much will the Price amount to?

Although people were expecting that the price of the 2018 GMC Terrain might go down as they are making it smaller compared to before, the prices will rise a little bit. This does not mean that we are getting a very expensive car now, but it is just a normal price boost that we get with any type of a new generation model. The base MSRP price of the entry level vehicle will be $27,995. Prices rise with higher trim levels like the SLE-1 and SLE-2 priced $30,997 and $32,225. The SLT is $34,345 with the Denali going all the way to around $38,000.

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An Updated Look for the 2018 GMC Terrain

It appears that the designers have finally decided to update the look of the 2018 GMC Terrain. The dated boxy design is no longer needed for use in the segment, so it was time to change to a more modern style. Also gone are the square wheel arches, the square grille and ugly exterior lights. The old version was not a geometrically sound car, but we think that the newest one has managed to change enough so we get a fully new one. In fact the whole front end is updated, starting with a redesigned hood which is angled more downward than the last time. It adds more curved lines so it has a very muscular look. The grille has a chrome surround and three chrome louvers which emphasize the sportiness of the car even further. The final touch are the new headlights which have a C shape design and are a big departure to what we have seen on the last Terrain model.

The side of the car has a sleeker and a refined look. There is a single but sharp body line which connects the headlights and the taillights. The lower portion of the door is as smooth as the outgoing model was. In the rear, the glass is shorter than the outgoing model has it but it has just the right size to offer a good view for the driver. The taillights are also drastically different and have a similar shape as the headlights do. The hatch also serves as a place where a small lense is stored where the reserve light is placed, but they decided not to link them together with a chrome stick, which is better. Perhaps the only part which has been carried over unchanged are the exhaust outlets below which are positioned and shaped like last time.

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More Changes on the Inside

The inside of the 2018 GMC Terrain model features as much as changes on the inside as it did for the outside of the car. They have only kept a couple of things the same when it comes to the new model, namely the semi-digital instrument cluster and small TFT screen positioned between two primary gauges, but the majority of the interior is very much different. As far as new things go, the most noticeable part is the dash design. It has a new layout which makes it flatter on top with a sharp drop-off on the passenger’s side. Interesting, but the dash sits perhaps a quarter inch lower than the surrounding trim.

The steering wheel is different as it is smaller compared to before. The side spokes are longer and add more controls on it. It comes with a silver trim which matches the ones on the handles. One of the things that we can argue about is the inclusion of the FCA’s shifter which was confusing to use in some previous models. We think that the same problem might arise here so it is not be a good solution to use one here. But the door panels have wider armrests which are much more comfortable to use and provide a great inside feel.

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More Powertrain Choices for the 2018 GMC Terrain

For this new version of the 2018 GMC Terrain they have decided not to offer a V-6 variant and offer us a different array of no less than three engine variants. The entry level one is the 1.5-liter four-cylinder, while the highest and range topping choice is the four-cylinder 2.0-liters one. The middle trim is the 1.6-liter diesel which will probably be the most fuel efficient offer also. The base engine offers 170 HP and 203 LB-FT while the highest version has 252 HP and 260 LB-FT. The middle one provides the least amount of power with 137 HP and 240 LB-FT, but all three of the engine will use a Hydra-Matic 9T45 nine-speed automatic transmission.

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0-60 mph and Top Speed

It appears that the acceleration ability of the 2018 GMC Terrain will not change so much. The model will still be able to reach 0-60 mph in about 6.3 seconds as before and keep its top speed rating of 118 mph.

Will the Fuel Economy Improve?

Unfortunately, the fuel economy ratings are not official by now for the 2018 GMC Terrain. But thanks to the improved engine choices we are hoping that the diesel variant can provide an economically sound option for all the drivers who are hoping to spend less on fuel. The projected consumption is perhaps stated at 30 mpg on the highway, and 40 mpg highway which will pit it close to the competition models.

Some Changes in the Dimensions

It appears that the newest version of the 2018 GMC Terrain will have a smaller size compared to the previous truck. A new generation needs some different specs so they have decided to go with a size change which is supposed to bring a certain update to the car which will be very much welcomed. It will have a length of 182.3 inches, wheelbase 107.3 inches, width 72.4 inches and height 65.4 inches.

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Safety Settings

Although the official safety stats are still not made available for the 2018 GMC Terrain, it is safe to say that they are going to be great. The car is loaded with some new safety technology which will address some of the features of the car. The advanced and optional pieces of equipment include the forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, active lane control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, and a safety alert seat. Your standard pieces of equipment includes the airbags and a teen driving feature.

There are some Rivals in the Segment

The segment will not be so kind for the 2018 GMC Terrain model. They were already lagging behind with the old design and the update will make give it a much needed improving but it will still take some time for the model to get back into contention. Although we predict better sales numbers with the 2018 Terrain, cars like Infiniti QX50 and Lexus NX will still have the center stage here.

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