The Wall Street Journal is alleging that the 2018 GMC Terrain will show face during the upcoming 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The media days for the show are Monday January 9th and 10th, with some reveals happing the Sunday prior. GMC will likely reveal the 2018 Terrain the day before the auto show, foregoing a conventional press conference in the confines of COBO.
Sources familiar with the 2018 GMC Terrain say the design will take a much more rugged approach in an attempt to appeal to potential Jeep customers. GM has also hinted in the past it may take the GMC design in a more rugged direction.
The 2018 Terrain will share the (not so rugged) D2XX platform with the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, and it’s possible we will also see the inclusion of a new 1.6L diesel engine to the compact crossover’s engine lineup.
The current GMC Terrain crossover has been around since 2009 and hasn’t seen any major updates, save for a modest face lift for the 2015 model year. Despite the lack of attention, sales for the GMC Terrain have remained strong through its lifecycle, totaling a record 112,030 units in 2015 alone. With that in mind, the 2018 Terrain is a highly anticipated and crucial vehicle for the GMC portfolio, and will have some big shoes to fill with the phasing out of the old one.