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2022 GMC Terrain Does Away With Base SL Trim

After a one-year-long delay due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the GMC Terrain will be receiving a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) for the 2022 model year. Besides revised looks and new features, the refresh includes the removal of the base SL trim level, leaving SLE as the most affordable model of the second-generation compact crossover.

GMC Terrain Trim Level Comparison
Model Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
2018-2021 GMC Terrain SL SLE SLT Denali
2022 GMC Terrain SLE SLT AT4 Denali

However, the 2022 GMC Terrain will still be available, as now, with four trim levels, due to the introduction of AT4. As anyone familiar with recent GMC trim level naming practice will be aware, AT4 denotes the most off-road-oriented vehicle in the range. The Terrain AT4 achieves this through an available front steel skid plate and the fitment of off-road tires. All-wheel-drive is the only available drivetrain option.

The AT4 will be positioned second from the top of the 2022 GMC Terrain line-up, above SLT and below the range-topping Denali. SLE is expected to be the most popular trim level, accounting for half of all sales, with SLT second on 20 percent and AT4 and Denali making up the remaining 15 percent each.

In addition to the revised trim level structure, the 2022 Terrain will feature new exterior styling at the front and rear, along with minor updates to the interior. An engine auto stop-start defeat switch and Head Up Display (HUD) feature will be available for the first time.

As with the 2021 GMC Terrain, the only engine offered will be the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX gasoline unit, which produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque and is paired with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. For the second model year in a row, there will be no 2.0-liter engine.

Like all second-gen units of the GMC Terrain, the 2022 Terrain continues to ride on the GM D2 platform. The  compact crossover is assembled at the GM San Luis Potosi factory in Mexico.

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View Comments (8)

    • Yea that is the point of it, to make money off appearance trims which people will pay over 10 grand more for something that has a relatively low cost to add. This is part of gm's strategy to target gmc as a lifestyle brand such as jeep.

  • Yes same here wanting to buy 2022 Terrain denali but with the 2.0 l not the 1.5 engine 82 horsepower and 57 ft lbs of difference from the 2.0 l engine you think it would make a difference in 350bs vehicle give or take the 1.5 is a slug in my opinion needed 2.0 even the LSY ENGINE wil do 237 hp at this point they put in the Buick Envision al trim levels cmon gm make your customers happy instead of flying the coop to other car makers keep real !!!

  • I planned to get a 2022 AT4 with the 2.0L . Now the purchase will not happen.
    i instead will start to look for a 2.0l 2020 elevation left over .
    Really disappointed that the 2.0L is not there . i like the Terrain better than the new Envision so that will not take the place of a 2022 AT4

  • When will we get the electric option? Next year or 2024. I would buy the electric one right now.