GMC has introduced a completely redesigned 2018 Terrain at this year Detroit auto show. The compact SUV has got some pretty useful changes, which will definitely make it more desirable in the coming years. Some media say that the car manufacturer simply uses Chevrolet’s tactics, but now. We think that the 2018 GMC Terrain has more to offer from the new Equinox.
Smaller, Lighter, And Spacious
The most impressive change is crossover’s lightweight platform without any doubt. The new generation Terrain is around 465 pounds lighter than the predecessor, which is really amazing. The weight reduction comes from new materials and smaller body. Yes, the 2018 Terrain is 3.2 inches shorter in length, 0.4-inch narrower, and 0.9-inch lower than today’s model. Plus, it the wheelbase is reduced for 5.2 inches. You probably imagine pretty tight cab right now? Well, don’t worry, because the carmaker managed to add 0.3-inch of front-seat legroom and 0.2-inch of rear legroom. Okay, the cargo is slightly reduced, but not too much.
Redesign and Features
The new exterior styling is really great. The 2018 GMC Terrain definitely looks better from today’s model. It sports more dynamic and plenty of handsome details and pretty unique lines. For instance, the carmaker managed to set this floating roof very good. It looks strange on the first glance, but when you see a whole picture, you figure out it is a really handsome piece of work. Essentially, the Terrain and Equinox are siblings, but you won’t make mistake when you see them. GMC’s new crossover is a lot prettier from its half-brother that comes from Chevrolet.
Inside, the carmaker also made some pretty big miracles. Until now, you were able to enjoy in the Denali trim, but now they improved the complete lineup. No matter which one trim level you choose, you will get soft-touch materials on the dashboard and door panels, as well as plenty of aluminum details. The manufacturer hasn’t skipped the chance to add standard LED daytime running lamps, LED taillights, and even a pair of HID headlights.
The standard equipment also includes an AT&T 4G LTE data connection and Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to seven devices at a time. A 7.0-inch IntelliLink touchscreen is also standard, but you can change it with an 8.0-inch unit. No matter which one you pick, you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Of course, the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali adds more options and more convenience. There are heated front seats and steering wheels, and really outstanding Bose audio system and navigation. From the outside, the topping model sports a 19-inch aluminum wheels and LED headlights.
The car manufacturer also improved SUV’s safety. There are a huge number of really useful features such as a 360-degree parking camera, low-speed auto emergency braking forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. You can also get an amazing Safety Alert Seat that vibrates to warn you of possible dangers. The seat is synchronized with the parking sensors and the collision-warning systems.
Turbo, Turbo, And Turbo
The new generation Terrain moves on “turbo drive” only, but they are not all gasoline. No, the crossover gets two gasoline and one oil-burner mill. A 1.5-liter turbocharged powers the base model. It delivers 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. In case you need more power, there is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with 252 hp and 260 pound-feet of twist. These two are paired with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, a 1.6-liter turbodiesel comes mated to a six-speed auto gearbox. It produces 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, which seems pretty low for this kind vehicle. Front-wheel drive is the standard and all-wheel drive is optional. However, the new AWD system is significantly different from the previous. Now, the driver can actually disconnect the rear driveshaft to reduce drag losses, and thus selects just a front-wheel drive. Of course, the system is made to save fuel.