Going for sale for an MSRP starting from $24,995, the new 2018 GMC Terrain promises an extensive list of optional safety features, a range of engines, and a comfortable and upscale interior. And that’s not all, the automaker says it’s all-new from ground up.
Although the Terrain remains a popular option among its peers, years of abandonment had made it fall short of class standards. For instance, the interior quality was no longer exciting to talk about. The technologies were outdated. And the drivability wasn’t fun and thrilling as it used to. Luckily for new and returning buyers, the new 2018 GMC Terrain is all-new.
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One way that the automaker has addressed the problem of the ageing model is through reducing its weight. Up to 400 pounds have been sliced off. The new model has also shrank 3 inches in length. This has been done without compromising the head- and legroom space. Utility around back remains impressive as the reduction in length hasn’t led to any cargo volume changes.
Thanks to the weight savings, the new 2018 GMC Terrain now has better fuel economy, better performance, and handles like itis supposed to. In fact, the fuel economy ratings are expected to be so good so much that General Motors expects it should return a whopping 40 mpg on the highway. This rating should be from the 1.6L turbocharged diesel engine.
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2018 GMC Terrain Review
- exterior design
- interior changes
- Trim lineup
- engine lineup
- release date & price
2018 GMC Terrain Exterior Design
The 2018 GMC Terrain features a bold, modern design that says a lot more about the next-gen design language than we actually know. The grille and lighting features highlight GMC’s latest design cues.
Unlike before, the new design was designed in such a way to ensure efficiency and minimal noise transmission. To further offer a striking design with functional beauty, the automaker offers the latest Terrain with the following features: body-side molding, side mirror caps, body-color fascias, chrome mirror caps, chrome door handles, and chrome roof rails.
Furthermore, GMC offers nineteen-inch aluminum-finished wheels, and LED lighting as standard across the trim lineup.
Exterior 2018 GMC Terrain colors include: Blue Steel Metallic, Satin Steel Gray Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, Mineral Metallic, Red Quartz Tintcoat, Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, and Ebony Twilight Metallic.
Interior Changes - 2018 GMC Terrain
The interior of the new model places an even more emphasis on functionality and refinement. For instance, it integrates features raging from active noise cancellation to authentic aluminum trim for a luxurious customer experience.
Furthermore, the luxurious experience aforementioned is taken a notch higher thanks to spacious cabin space. While its length may have gone under the knife, the 2018 GMC Terrain is still king when it comes to offering copious passenger space.
The new 2018 Terrain is available in four trims. Terrain SL, Terrain SLE, Terrain SLT, and Terrain Denali.
2018 GMC Terrain SL
This is the entry-level model. It comes equipped with a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of generating 170 horsepower and 203 lbs. ft. of torque. This power is then taken up to the front wheels via the nine-speed automatic transmission system.
Standard features available include seventeen-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control. Infotainment features include Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen, two charging-only USB ports, Android Auto and CarPlay compatibility, 110-volt power outlets, and a 6-speed sound system.
Pricing for the base 2018 Terrain SL begins from an MSRP of $24,870.
2018 GMC Terrain SLE
A step higher the trim level gets you the Terrain SLE. It builds on the standard features offered on the Terrain SL and adds a handful of interior trim-piece upgrades, a compact square tire, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Optional packages are also on offer. The first one is the Driver Convenience package. With it you get a navigation system, an eight-inch touchscreen, a power-adjustable driver seat, a color information display, and climate control. The other package is the Driver Alert I. it adds rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, heated mirrors, and rear-cross traffic alert.
Pricing for the 2018 Terrain SLE begins from $26,429.
2018 GMC Terrain SLT
Spending a few extra bucks will get you the SLT trim model. With it you get four packages – Driver Alert I, Driver Alert II, Driver Convenience and Infotainment I, and Preferred. Those of the Driver Alert get you lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, and automatic braking.
The infotainment package gets you a 7-speaker Bose stereo system and navigation, while the Preferred package gets you a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat, a power liftgate, and driver-seat memory settings.
Pricing for the 2018 Terrain SLT starts from an MSRP of $29,754.
2018 GMC Terrain Denali
At the top of the trim ladder is the upscale Terrain Denali. The Denali comes equipped with a 2.0L engine and receives unique styling elements. And in addition to getting most packages, it also comes with a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, and nineteen-inch wheels.
Optional features for the Denali include heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, and a top-down parking camera system.
Pricing for the 2018 Terrain Denali starts from an MSRP of $35,644.
2018 GMC Terrain – Engine Specifications & Performance
Three engines are offered beneath the latest 2018 Terrain. These are: a 1.6L turbo-diesel, a 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged gasoline engines. These come mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission system.
The 1.5L is refreshingly light and playful. It provides 170 horsepower and is targeted to be the volume engine. The 1.6L turbodiesel generates 137 horsepower and 240 pounds of torque. According to popular publications, this engine should be able to return 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
The 2.0L is available as standard on the Terrain Denali as well as an option to both the Terrain SLE and Terrain SLT. It gives a robust output of 252 horsepower.
2018 GMC Terrain Release Date & Price
The new model goes for sale this summer. Pricing as already told starts from an MSRP of $24,870. But it isn’t the only option available in the small crossover segment. In fact, the segment offers no less than eight rivals that outsell it.
These include Nissan Rogue, Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Jeep Cherokee, and Subaru Forester. The Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, and the Toyota RAV4 alone command more than 200,000 sales each. Granted, the new 2018 GMC Terrain faces quite an uphill task in its quest to redeem its lost glory, it nevertheless has a lot going for it in the 2018 model year. We wish it luck!