Body and repair shops need not worry about encountering much aluminum when it comes to the 2018 GMC Terrain, but shops should note there is an intricate mix of high strength steel involved.
Repairer Driven News breaks down the important takeaways for shops who may encounter a damaged 2018 Terrain. Repairers may have more considerations than the outgoing Terrain did.
The new Terrain weighs in 400 pounds lighter than its predecessor through a mix of mild and higher-strength steels. The ultra high strength steel sections come with some sectioning and repair restrictions, but everything else is fairly standard, according to the report.
GM didn’t use any extravagant joining techniques that warrant special consideration from body shops, though the tailgate does include some aluminum for repairers to take note of.
For crash worthiness, GMC stated the following:
Additionally, the front suspension cradle is hard-mounted to the body structure at six points, enabling better front end crash energy management across a wide spectrum of impact severities. It features a two-stage release strategy that allows the middle and rear mounts to disengage separately depending on the crash situation. This design is key to help preserve the integrity of the occupants’ safety cage during collisions.
One final, important takeaway? Shops should be careful not to order Denali parts for lower trimmed models as they do not work properly. The 2018 Terrain will reach dealers this summer.