Design is an ever important aspect of a vehicle and can be a selling point all its own. Cars that don’t look great normally don’t get a second glance.
GMC thinks the design of the 2018 Terrain will play the biggest factor in differentiating the compact crossover from its platform mate, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. To be fair, the outgoing Terrain doesn’t quite look like the Equinox either, but careful consideration was taken to ensure the 2018 Terrain shared nothing with the 2018 Equinox.
“We wanted something that is very stunning — bold, confident, and poised. We also knew we needed to compliment that with the interior. Some of the premium materials are unique to the Terrain: the aluminum components and soft-touch areas. The mode switch and the electronic precision switch (push-button transmission) are also unique,” GMC Terrain Chief Engineer Mark Cieslak told Automobile.
“The basic foundation — the architecture — is the same for both vehicles but, as the styling evolved, we started diverging a little from the Equinox. The back structure is different. As such, the Terrain is a little heavier, and it carries its own, unique calibrations.”
While the wrapper may be unique, GMC is using the Equinox’s powertrain playbook. The 2018 GMC Terrain will arrive with the same trio of turbocharged four-cylinder engines in 1.5-liter, 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter diesel forms.
All we can say is we’re glad the days of “badge engineering” are long, long gone for GM brands.