2021 GMC Terrain Refresh Previewed By Terrain AT48
Just yesterday, we covered the AT4 “Family Photo” that GMC released to show off the automaker’s updated off-roader lineup. The photo also included a look at the front end of the new 2021 GMC Terrain in full AT4 spec, giving us a preview of the upcoming Terrain refresh with regard to front end styling.
This isn’t he first time we’ve seen the refreshed 2021 GMC Terrain. We previously caught the compact crossover testing in heavy camouflage, but the recent AT4 “Family Photo” gives us a much clearer view of what the Terrain will look like when it finally drops cover.
The restyled front end includes a reshaped grille, which comes with tab-like sections along the lower outer edges, a design cue that’s also found in the 2019 GMC Sierra and 2020 GMC Acadia. The C-shaped LED headlamps are also new, drawing down furthers towards the lower bumper. The lower bumper section now comes with U-shaped trim under corner-mounted fog lamps.
Unfortunately, we can’t see the rear end of the 2021 GMC Terrain refresh, given the angle of the photo, but we expect reshaped tail lamps as well.
Further changes will include new infotainment and technology features, such as the addition of the GM Rear Camera Mirror. What’s more, we previously spotted the 2021 GMC Terrain with a quad rear exhaust treatment, which would suggest a high-performance model is coming down the pipe.
In terms of mechanicals, the standard 2021 GMC Terrain is expected to come equipped with the turbocharged 2.0L LSY inline four-cylinder gas engine, which will arrive as a replacement for the outgoing model’s turbocharged 2.0L LTG inline four-cylinder. What’s more, the current six-speed automatic transmission may get tossed in favor of the new GM nine-speed automatic when mated to the 1.6L LH7 inline four-cylinder turbodiesel.
Expect further details when the 2021 GMC Terrain refresh debuts sometime early this year.
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I Think there is a market for AT4 Savana, also GMC needs a western theme Sierra with saddle leather, 2 tone paint, and tech goodies no lesser then a denali.
GM had the Terrain AT4 at the event: https://www.autoblog.com/2020/01/15/2020-gmc-terrain-at4-announced/#slide-2200697
The front of the Terrain is an improvement, but the headlights still look weird. A tacky front end is a Terrain tradition though.
The Acadia refresh may be the worst I’ve seen in years. The pre-refreshed model was a little boring, but the grill at least matched the rest of the car. It just looks weird now, especially with the massive, low front overhang. The refresh to the interior was also extremely disappointing after seeing the new Palisade.
The massive GMC grill doesn’t translate to low slung crossovers. AT4 doesn’t mean much when the Acadia and Terrain sport that badge.
The Yukon and Sierra look awesome.
The Acadia has always been a bit of an oddball. I like all of them, but they just never have fit well within the rest of the GMC lineup. The first Acadia was intended to be a Pontiac for the majority of its development time. The ‘facelift’ was just a resurrected Saturn Outlook. Then for the redesign, they made it super soft and didn’t follow a lot of themes seen on both older and new GMC models. They kind of brought it back in line with the most recent facelift, but they decided to double down with horizontal headlamps instead of making them vertical. Again, I like the Acadia. It just seems to be on a slightly different path relative the rest of GMC.
The Terrain’s appearance is nothing more than the Toddler version of the Yukon.
OK just for the sake of something here, lets just look at the AT4 or really what that has come to mean in such a short time !
This very thing started with the All Terrain, and I have one of the first, 2015 Canyon.
I love the truck, at the time the Canyon was the only one of the twins with the auto 4X4, also the skid plates and the tow hooks are all a plus, the seats are not leather, and I like leather, yet these seats are not cloth either, and work great and I like them.
Basically what I am saying is, please GM quit it with the quick buck !
Add something to keep the AT4 name worth wanting, add metal skid plates, add some tow hooks to the average GM blah mid-sized vehicle, something !
Look, even the new 2020 HD, I have a Denali, and love the AT4, so I thought for sure the AT4 would have metal skid plates, and my Denali has plastic ones, but nope only plastic skid plates on a $80,000.00 HD truck !!
$40,000.00 Canyon, metal skid plates !!!!
Every GM vehicle I own I have to cover the plastic when a metal one is not available do to the gravel road we live on !
So something !
Yes is how the GMC Acadia lights should of been. Would of already bought one.
Aren’t they dropping the diesel option? (I certainly hope that’s not the case, but I was sure I read that somewhere.) Or is it only getting dropped for the Equinox?