The 2021 GMC Terrain will not offer the turbocharged 2.0L LTG gasoline engine, GM Authority has learned. The change leaves the turbocharged 1.5L LYX gasoline engine as the sole powerplant for the compact crossover. Both engines are four-cylinders with a Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) configuration, and feature Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) technologies.
For the 2020 model year, the turbo 2.0L LTG engine – rated at 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque – was optional in the Terrain SLT and standard on the Terrain Denali. Meanwhile, the 2021 GMC Terrain will make the turbo 1.5L engine – rated at 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque – as the standard and only available engine for all models and trims. Both engines are mated to the new GM nine-speed automatic transmission and are available in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.
The discontinuation of the boosted 2.0-liter motor represents a noteworthy change in the Terrain’s powertrain structure, which has been offered with a base engine and an uplevel engine throughout its two generations.
GMC says that it made the decision to stop offering the more powerful 2.0L engine based on customer demand.
“GMC’s 1.5L turbo engine is the most popular choice for Terrain customers, making up nearly 73% of sales volume today,” GMC spokesperson, Mikhael Farah, told GM Authority. “For the 2021 model year, GMC will exclusively offer the Terrain with the 1.5L turbo engine across all trims,” Farah added.
The loss of the turbocharged 2.0L for the 2021 GMC Terrain follows another engine discontinuation for the Terrain, when it lost the 1.6L turbo-diesel LH7 engine for the 2020 model year.
GMC Terrain sales have grown steadily since the model’s 2010 introduction. U.S. deliveries totaled 112,030 units in 2015 and 101,470 in 2019, noteworthy increases compared to the 60,519 units delivered during its first full year on sale in 2010. The crossover’s best sales year was 2018, when it recorded 114,314 deliveries.
The GMC Terrain is produced at the GM San Luis Potosi plant in central Mexico. The facility is the only one in the world to produce the small crossover utility, supplying the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Middle Eastern markets.
GM was originally planning to launch a midcycle enhancement (MCE / refresh) for the 2021 Terrain that would deliver updates to the exterior and interior, while also adding a new Terrain AT4 model. However, the refresh was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and is now expected to launch for the 2022 model year.
Update: the Terrain’s corporate cousin – the Chevrolet Equinox – will also discontinue the optional 2.0L turbo engine for the 2021 model year.