GMC is en­ter­ing a new Ter­rain

‘Pro­fes­sional grade’ com­pact SUV stand­out in seg­ment

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Front Page - Craig cole

The GMC Ter­rain is all new for 2018. This up­scale util­ity ve­hi­cle has been re-en­gi­neered from roof to rock­ers, rid­ing on GM’S rigid D2XX ar­chi­tec­ture.

This sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Ter­rain is avail­able in four trim lev­els: SL, SLE, SLT and De­nali. Our ruby red De­nali test model rolled on stan­dard 19-inch wheels and fea­tured a leather-lined in­te­rior. Dual-zone cli­mate con­trol and a heated steer­ing wheel are also stan­dard on Ter­rain De­nalis.

One of the most im­por­tant at­tributes of a cross­over ve­hi­cle is its abil­ity to haul. This new GMC keeps pace with ri­val mod­els, of­fer­ing just shy of 838 litres be­hind the rear seats. Fold those down and cargo space swells to more than 1,792-L. The front pas­sen­ger seat also folds flat, al­low­ing the Ter­rain to han­dle items up to eight feet in length.

Three tur­bocharged en­gines are avail­able in the new Ter­rain: two gaso­line-burn­ing mod­els and a diesel. All are four-cylin­der.

Serv­ing base duty is a 1.5-litre unit that’s good for 170 horse­power and 203 pound-feet of torque. Step­ping up from there is a 2.0-L crank­ing out 252 ponies and 260 torques. Then there’s a 1.6-L diesel, rated at 137 horses and 240 lb-ft of twist.

Like other GM mod­els, 4G LTE data ser­vice comes along with in-ve­hi­cle Wi-fi. As for in­fo­tain­ment, this is one of the best sys­tems avail­able to­day. A seven- or eight-inch screen are avail­able.

Wire­less charg­ing is op­tional in De­nali-level Ter­rains, while blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear-park as­sist, au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing and other ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies are avail­able in sev­eral op­tions pack­ages. Apple Carplay and An­droid Auto com­pat­i­bil­ity is stan­dard. No adap­tive cruise con­trol is avail­able.

The 2.0-L turbo pro­vides gutsy ac­cel­er­a­tion, with its nine-speed au­to­matic click­ing off nearly im­per­cep­ti­ble gear changes. This trans­mis­sion be­haved flaw­lessly. And the engine is re­mark­ably smooth. An im­pres­sive at­tribute of the on-road char­ac­ter is how stiff it feels. The 2018’s struc­ture is 34 per cent more rigid. The ride is a touch on the firm side and there’s al­most no body roll. Also ab­sent is harsh­ness.

Base price is $32,690. A toptrim De­nali costs $43,590, a fig­ure that can eas­ily be in­flated by thou­sands of dol­lars in op­tions. With a broad range of mod­els and op­tions, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one — in­clud­ing con­cern for com­peti­tors.

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