2019 GMC Terrain: What’s New14
Much like the Chevy Trax, the GMC Terrain happens to be the right product at just the right time. Sales of the now-compact crossover are up 44 percent to nearly 33,000 units in the first three months of 2018, meaning that the all-new second-gen model is resonating in the continuously-growing crossover marketplace. And for the 2019 model year, the 2019 GMC Terrain gets a plethora of new goodies that make it even more competitive.
On the outside, the 2019 GMC Terrain swaps the Mineral Metallic color (which was actually deleted mid-2018 model year) with Smokey Quartz Metallic. Rounding out the changes to the exterior is the deletion of the LPO/accessory-level Black Accent Package as well as the Replacement of SLT Chrome Accent Package with the Bright Accent Package.
Arguably the most notable updates to the 2019 GMC Terrain are associated with in-vehicle technology. The compact crossover gains full-speed Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop/Go as well as Front Pedestrian Braking.
Additionally, the Rear Vision Camera and Surround Vision get upgraded to High Definition (HD) versions.
The remainder of the changes is package-related. There are a significant amount of changes in this department, though we’d say that the most notable is the introduction of the Terrain Black Edition. Optional on the SLE (3SA) and SLT (4SA) trim levels, the blacked-out package is available in five exterior colors. You can peruse all the package-related changes to the 2019 GMC Terrain in the list below.
- Infotainment Package I now includes the new HD Rear Vision Camera (replaces Rear Vision Camera)
- Driver Alert Package II now includes the new Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Pedestrian Braking
- Advanced Safety Package now includes HD Surround Vision (replaces Surround Vision)
- Comfort Package no longer includes Wireless Charging, which is now standard on Denali trim
- 4.2-inch multi-color driver information screen is now standard on SLE and SLE Diesel (was part of Infotainment Package I in 2018 Terrain)
- 4.2-inch multi-color driver information screen includes audio, phone and navigation capability on SLE when Infotainment Package I is ordered; standard on SLT and Denali
- Rear Vision Camera is no longer available on SLT and Denali (replaced by HD Rear Vision Camera)
- Wireless Charging is now standard on Denali (was part of Comfort Package on 2018 Terrain)
- Cargo Package no longer includes integrated cargo liner
- Three-bar grille with Black surround and Charcoal insert (LPO item) is no longer available as a Free Flow option (now part of Dark Accent Package)
- Addition of Chrome Package on SLT (4sA) trim level (non-diesel model), which includes:
- 19″ machined aluminum wheels with Gray painted accents
- Unique chrome grille with chrome surround
- Chrome mirror caps
- Body-color door handles with chrome surround
- Bright side rails
- Addition of Dark Accent Package on SLT trim levels (4SA/4SB), which includes:
- Three-bar grille with Black surround and Charcoal insert
- Black painted mirror caps
- Black rear license plate applique
- Front and rear Black fascia inserts
- Addition of Interior Enhancement Package on SLE (3SA/3SB) SLT trims (4SA/4SB), which includes:
- Premium carpeted floor mats
- Embroidered front row headrests
- Addition of Black Edition as option on SLE (3SA) and SLT (4SA) trims:
- 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels
- Black GMC center caps with black GMC lettering
- Darkened grille insert and black surround
- Black mirror caps, roof rails and additional exterior accents
- Black exterior model and trim badging
- Offered in five exterior colors:
- Ebony Twilight Metallic
- Summit White
- Graphite Gray Metallic
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Sedona Metallic
About GMC Terrain
The GMC Terrain is a compact crossover that currently is GMC’s smallest crossover slotting below the midsize GMC Acadia.
The first-generation Terrain ran from the 2010-2017 model years and was based on the Theta 2 platform. The vehicle was a “tweeter” model that straddled the compact and midsize CUV segments in size. The second-generation Terrain was introduced for the 2018 model year. It rides on the GM D2 platform shared with the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Volt and, unlike its predecessor, is positioned squarely in the compact segment.
The second-generation, 2018 and newer Terrain features an all-new exterior and interior, while being slightly smaller inside and out compared to the outgoing model. It also offers an all-new engine lineup and an all-new lightweight architecture that enables a weight savings of over 400 pounds compared to the first-gen model. As a result, the new Terrain gets better fuel economy while also delivering improvements in ride, handling, packaging, and safety. The 2019 model year sees one new color, various technology updates such as the addition of full-speed Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop/Go, Front Pedestrian Braking, HD Rear Vision Camera, and HD Surround Vision, as well as the introduction of various packages, including the Terrain Black Edition.
The GMC Terrain is built by GM Mexico at the GM San Luis Potosi factory.
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My neighbor just rolled a new one into her garage. I must say it is not a photogenic car. There’s something about the back and sides that don’t look right in photos VS standing in front of one in person.
She admits the ‘button’ shift takes getting used to… but obviously weren’t a deterrent of a purchase.
Oh. And get THIS: she ditched a Lexus sedan.
Interesting. How old was the Lexus?
It was at least 6 years old. She kept it in good condition.
That front fascia is kind of weird-looking. I think the previous generation Terrain looked better.
That floating roof design does nothing for me on the Terrain or elsewhere.
Can stop and start be turned off?
Still trying to figure out how the same vehicle with the 2.0T is rated for up to 2 less MPG than the Equinox. Note too that the 1.5T/9 speed is rated for up to 2 less MPG than the Equinox with the 1.5T/6 speed setup. Totally bizarre and it seems the EPA makes it up as they go
Odd – they’re both roughly the same curb wt (me first guess was the GMC was more, but no …).
I have tried and tried to figure this out and have no answers. I asked GMC this question when the MPG ratings came out and didn’t receive any answers. My guess is that in real world driving they would probably get the same mileage, but who knows. I much prefer the looks of the Terrain over the Equinox. My 2010 Equinox is getting old and I am looking for a replacement. Right now I am leaning towards the XT4, we will see what I think when it comes out. From pictures the XT4 looks great, and I think 2.0 will get significantly better MPG in real world driving with cylinder deactivation.
Is there cylinder deactivation on a four banger?
Depends on the four banger in question. If you’re referring to the engines in the 2019 Terrain, the answer is no.
“The first-generation Terrain ran from the 2010-2017 model years and was based on the Theta 2 platform. The vehicle was a “tweeter” model that straddled…”
Are you sure you don’t mean “tweener”, as in: “in-between”?
“Tweeter” usually refers to part of a loudspeaker or someone who posts on Twitter.