2018 GMC Terrain Review, Release Date, Specs

Bigger is not really always better, at least that is what GM seems to believe in. This is possibly the reason the US car giant downsized its popular crossover SUV 2018 GMC Terrain. The upcoming vehicle was displayed recently at the North American International Auto Show which took place in Detroit. The bold exterior styling and new power train of the 2018 Terrain have received unanimous praise. It will be pitted against rivals like Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V.

2018 GMC Terrain front

2018 GMC Terrain – Immaculate Design:

There is no denying the fact that 2018 GMC Terrain is quite a looker! Compared to the predecessor or sibling Chevy Equinox, the exterior styling is bold and contemporary. The grille is what catches your attention as does sloping roofline. The headlamps have a new shape and rear window now blends into the tailgate. The base trim has 17-inch wheels while top one has larger 19-inch wheels. It comes in 4 trims- SL, SLE, SLT and range-topping Denali. As always, Denali trim gets distinctive exterior styling like body-colored bumpers and chrome door handles. GM also says the new Terrain weighs less than previous year’s model.

The cabin of 2018 GMC Terrain looks really sleek and ergonomics is where it steals the show. The infotainment functions are easily reachable and they are controlled by physical buttons. Cargo space is also decent for a vehicle of this segment. The center console is now larger and contains a storage bin beneath.

2018 GMC Terrain interior

2018 GMC Terrain – Under the Hood:

Just like its stable mate aka Chevrolet Equinox, the 2018 Terrain comes in 3 engine choices. The base trim gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that makes 170 hp. Next, there is a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit which produces 252 hp. The 1.6-liter turbodiesel unit makes 137 hp and it gets a six-speed automatic transmission while the two others get nine-speed automatic transmission unit. You can get AWD and FWD. Fuel economy may improve in this powertrains. Ride quality is good and GM uses active noise cancellation which adds to the experience.


2018 GMC Terrain is well equipped both in terms of safety features and entertainment. As expected, the Denali trim comes loaded to the hilt in both segments. The infotainment setup is Smartphone compatible and based on the trim you get 7 or 8-inch display unit to control its features. You get wi-fi hotspot feature at extra cost.

Safety features include forward collision warning, surround-view camera, blind-spot monitors and active lane control. Of course, you get a number of airbags. GM’s much-touted teen driving mode is also present.

2018 GMC Terrain side

2018 GMC Terrain – Price and Release Date:

GM has not said anything on release date and a price tag of the upcoming 2018 Terrain. However, a mid-2017 release date is expected. Pricing should not be raised much from existing model.

Overall, there are quite a few things to like about GMC Terrain 2018. The new exterior styling and new engines are certainly praiseworthy. The Denali comes loaded with all goodies you can think of. If GM keeps the pricing right the new Terrain will be a category killer.

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