The 2018 GMC Terrain has officially made its move to become a compact crossover, falling in line with the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. However, the 2018 Terrain looks to distinguish itself from its Chevy brother by taking a much more premium route. You could say the 2018 Terrain is a little bit more precise.
It starts with GMC’s latest design motif, which it says marks the next chapter for future GMC design.
“It is a striking design with functional beauty,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. “There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.”
Sharper lines and sculpted elements, like those found in the headlamps, are said to be what we should look forward to from the future of GMC.
The 2018 GMC Terrain Denali further elevates the compact crossover’s design with the brand’s signature satin-chrome grille and Denali-specific accents. Those include body-color fascias and lower trim, plus chrome roof rails, door handles, side mirror caps and body-side molding. Additionally, LED headlamps and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels are standard on Denali.
If the Denali pinches the purse strings too much, all other Terrain models will receive LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps, while Bi-functional HID headlamps will be standard on SL, SLE and SLT trims. 17-inch wheels are standard equipment across the Terrain’s range, with 18-inch wheels available on the SLE and standard on the SLT trim.
Moving right along, the 2018 GMC Terrain adopts the exact same powertrain lineup from the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. So, yes, you may now have your Terrain with a 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine.
The 1.5-liter LYX turbocharged four-cylinder engine will serve as a starting point, while the 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers more oomph for those seeking petrol power. Both gasoline engines will be mated to an Electronic Precision Shift, nine-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel powertrain sticks with a six-speed automatic.
Each and every 2018 Terrain comes standard with a driver-controllable Traction Select system, which has choices for different driving conditions. Furthermore, AWD models will feature a FWD mode that disconnects the all-wheel drive system to optimize fuel economy.
Inside, GMC is all about refinement and functionality when it comes to the 2018 Terrain. Authentic aluminum trim, soft-touch materials and standard noise cancellation are standard no matter which trim of Terrain is chosen, but as you can imagine, the Denali doubles down on Professional Grade appointments.
The 2018 Terrain Denali features unique trim tint and “Denali” embossed on the front seats. A heated steering wheel navigation, Bose premium 7-speaker sound system and a hands-free programmable power liftgate.
As for functionality, the center console is now “pass through” thanks to the Electronic Precision Shift unit, which opens up cargo space possibilities, and the passenger and rear seats all fold flat to maximize the cabin’s space. There are also new under-floor compartments in the cargo area for even more storage possibilities.
Finally, safety is a priority, and it shows in a suite of active safety features, which include:
- Surround Vision (new)
- Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator (new)
- Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking (new)
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning (new)
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Safety Alert Seat (new)
A hefty dose of GMC’s Precision mantra seems to have done more than enough to separate the 2018 Terrain from the more pedestrian Equinox. And as the market continues its thirst for crossovers, the 2018 Terrain looks ready to fulfill the premium compact crossover space in spades.