GMC is entering a new Terrain
‘Professional grade’ compact SUV standout in segment
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.