General Motors is now advising GMC dealers that 40 percent of their orders for the Terrain crossover should be for vehicles equipped with the Terrain Elevation Edition package (formerly known as Black Edition). This is a noteworthy increase over the 30 percent recommendation that GM was making earlier this year.
The Terrain Elevation Edition package essentially delivers a “black out” appearance. It’s available on the mid-level Terrain SLE and SLT trims, though not on the entry-level SL or the range-topping Denali. It includes the following items:
- 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels
- Black GMC center caps with black GMC lettering
- Darkened front grille
- Black roof side rails
- Black mirror caps
- Black model and trim exterior badging
- Black exterior accents
Customers who order the Terrain Elevation Edition are not required to order other features or packages, but the package is limited to the Jet Black interior colorway as well as the following exterior colors:
- Graphite Gray Metallic
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Quicksilver Metallic
- Summit White
- Ebony Twilight Metallic
The package costs $995 on the Terrain SLE and $795 for the SLT. The variation in price for exactly the same equipment is explained by the fact that the 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels represent a different upgrade for each trim level. The Terrain SLE (without the Elevation Package) is fitted as standard with 17-inch Silver painted aluminum wheels, while the SLT has more expensive 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with Dark Gray painted accents.
The GMC Terrain was scheduled to receive a refresh for the 2021 model year, but it was delayed until 2022, which was also the case for several other GM vehicles due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 model year, therefore, saw a few minor changes, the most significant of which was the deletion of the optional turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine, rated at 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The only engine now available for the Terrain is the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX, which makes 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque and is mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. Luckily, GM is expected to once again offer a turbo 2.0L engine option in the 2022 Terrain, though it will be in the form of the slightly less powerful turbo 2.0L I4 LSY unit.
It’s also worth noting that the range-topping Denali trim was not available during the first few months of production 2021 GMC Terrain. The model will re-join the lineup starting February 2021.