As we first saw in a teaser photo, the 2018 GMC Terrain takes a pretty big styling risk compared to its predecessor. GMC says the lightest model, a front-wheel-drive Terrain with the 1.5-liter gas engine, weighs 3,327 pounds, or 465 lb less than the skinniest 2017 model.
While two gas turbocharged four-cylinder engines are available-a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter-both paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the real story is a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four. Keen eyes will also notice the absence of the base 2.5-liter mill, as the Terrain is now turbo-only. The new Terrain also will benefit from the standard fitment of GM's Teen Driver and Rear Seat Reminder systems that can help monitor hone the skills of less-experienced operators and prevent a child or pet from being inadvertently left behind when the vehicle is parked.
For those interested in even more upscale SUVs, the new Terrain Denali will receive a number of signature aesthetic touches including a chrome grille, body-color fascia and lower trim, LED headlamps, and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels. In order to make the cabin feel more refined, materials have been updated and improved and active noise cancellation is now standard, which keeps the cabin more serene.
The interior comes with a new electronic shift lever, a fold-flat passenger seat, and rear seats that also fold flat into the floor.
Depending on trim level, the new Terrain will feature either 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.
Terrain will come standard with Traction Select, which optimizes throttle response and other facets of the drive at the behest of the driver.
Also expanded in the redesign is the Terrain's range of available safety technology. Highlighting the list of new standard/available features are 360-degree Surround Vision, Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and a Safety Alert Seat to supplement the existing Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems. The first is a rear-seat reminder, which reminds the driver to check the rear seat when getting out of the auto. Base pricing isn't available yet, but a base price close to today's Terrain is safe bet, which starts at $24,070. Finally, a Rear Seat Reminder that alerts drivers to check the backseat when leaving the auto and Teen Driver feature to let parents keep an eye on a child's driving habits are new. It will arrive at dealerships sometime in the summer of 2017.