When it first appeared in 2009, GMC sold 14.033 units of their mid-sized crossover. Then there was sale boom and by the 2015 there was 572.088 sold Terrain’s. This fact is to just to show you how popular model can be. Although positive trend in sales is achieved in the last few years, that won’t stop from manufacturer to completely redesign and re-engineer and unveil it as 2018 GMC Terrain. Thus they will take on some of their main competitors such as Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4.
2018 GMC Terrain – New Platform
What are main changes for this new model? First of all, forget upright, boxy look. New model will be lower, leaner and sleeker looking one. New thing for for this model is D2XX platform and it will be shared with Chevrolet Equinox; it is all-new, more rigid and lighter for about 200 pounds. Front grill will be taken from redesigned 2017 Acadia’s octagonal nose, while the front fascia will be taken from 2016 Sierra. (What can go wrong with a mix from those two?)While they want to keep its muscular design with sloped windshield and a lower roofline GMC will give their Terrain more favorable look. Not only that, it will certainly be more aerodynamic. New design language is something that GMC will keep focus on next-generation 2018 GMC Terrain and we will yet see what the final product will look like.
2018 GMC Terrain – Interior
Interior of the 2018 GMC Terrain is a mystery at this point, but a vast majority of current model owners are hoping that interior is one thing that won’t be shared with Equinox. There are certain elements that we are expecting from new model. Although it will have decreased dimensions than the current model, cabin will due to efficient use of space have more volume for all occupants. It will continue to accommodate five passengers in two rows. As for the technology package 2018 GMC Terrain will have newer version of GMC IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Google Auto integration.
2018 GMC Terrain – Possible New Engines
The old powertrains are no mystery, one is 2.4-liter Ecotec with 182 horsepower and 172 lb·ft of torque. While the other one is more powerful 3.6-liter V6 with 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft. But the thing is there are rumors circling around that 2018 GMC Terrain will use different options from those two to power its wheels. According to those for standard powertrain for 2018 GMC Terrain all-new turbo-charged 1.4 Ecotec engine will be used. It has output of 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.
That’s not all, for upgraded version 2.0-liter also turbo-charged engine will be available. We’ve seen that engine in 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac ATS. It produces from 259 to 272 horsepower for those two. The transmission used in 2018 GMC Terrain will be either six-speed or eight-speed automatic or probably both. What will GMC put in store for us, we’ll just have to wait and see.
2018 GMC Terrain – Release Date And Price
Since it’s the model for 2018, we can expect that 2017 GMC Terrain will be unveiled at some point during the second half of 2017. Exact price is one thing that won’t be available in times to come. But we can say that it won’t much stray from the current one. For base option we could expect a price tag of around $25.000. But for Denali trim package price will certainly be higher, around $40.000.