GMC’s compact crossover is getting a mid-cycle refresh for the upcoming year. The very first prototype of a completely camouflaged 2021 GMC Terrain has been caught testing a few days ago and based on spy shots, we can conclude that the SUV is going to receive a range of cosmetic changes, especially on its ends. Also, a word from the street claims that the updated model could arrive coupled with a new engine and transmission, as well as with updated infotainment.
Although the heavy camouflage hides practically everything, we’ve managed to figure out what’s cooking beneath. Truth to be told, the task wasn’t too difficult since the grille under the camo sports oval shape. It means that the refreshed 2021 Terrain hosts a Sierra-based grille – the same one that got the mid-size 2020 Acadia not so long ago. In addition to the more attractive and larger grille, the front end gets new square-shaped LED headlights and redesigned bumper with new fog lamps. At the rear, the compact crossover will host a set of Acadia-like taillights and nothing more. Those trapezoidal exhaust tips in the back suggest that we’ve been dealing with a more potent Terrain – most probably with the topping Denali trim which will be fitted with a new engine option.
According to our trusted source, the 2021 GMC Terrain will use the all-new LSY turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine instead of the current 252-hp 2.0-liter LTG option. We have no idea how powerful the new mill is going to be, though, we are pretty sure that the LSY brings some extra power and better efficiency. The entry-level 1.5-liter engine will be carried over without any doubt; it’s going to be pretty much the same case with the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel, though, the oil-chugging mill will most definitely switch from 6- to a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
In addition to updated infotainment, new upholstery, and slightly reworked dashboard, the new cabin will most likely come coupled with more standard equipment. For instance, the car manufacturer will not forget to add the latest Rear Camera Mirror without any doubt.
Judging by the newest reports, the refreshed 2021 GMC Terrain will be introduced in early 2020, so it should hit showrooms next spring or summer. Since it’s going to arrive updated only, the compact crossover SUV will most probably keep the base price unchanged.