The 2022 GMC Terrain Denali will be equipped as standard with all-wheel drive, GM Authority has learned. The range-topping variant of the 2021 GMC Terrain range could be ordered with front-wheel drive, but that particular build has been abandoned, presumably to simplify the compact crossover’s trim level lineup.
As GM Authority exclusively reported in March of this year, the new AT4 trim level for the GMC Terrain will also be fitted exclusively with AWD. A more obvious decision for the AT4 than for the Denali, since the AT4 is more of off-road focused than any other model in the range.
The GMC Terrain was scheduled to receive a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) for the 2021 model year. However, as with many other General Motors vehicles, this was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the introduction of the AT4 and the deletion of the base SL trim level, the 2022 model-year refresh brings new front and rear fascias, a revised range of exterior colors, several interior changes and the addition of several new features including Head Up Display (HUD) and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As we reported in May, GM is rolling out the updated GMC Terrain over several months. Production of the SLE and SLT has already begun at the GM San Luis Potosí factory in Mexico, but the AT4 will not arrive until late August, and workers will start building the Denali in early September. Both the AT4 and the Denali are expected to account for 15 percent of total GMC Terrain sales, compared with 20 percent for the SLT and 50 percent for the SLE.
Sales Numbers - Mainstream Compact Crossovers - Q1 2021 - United States
|MODEL||Q1 21 / Q1 20||Q1 21||Q1 20||Q1 21 SHARE||Q1 20 SHARE|
|FORD BRONCO SPORT||*||23,356||*||3%||0%|
|MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS||-69.46%||1,583||5,184||0%||1%|
GM must be hoping that the update will have a very positive effect on the Terrain’s performance in the United States. Sales fell by 33 percent in Q1 of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, and the Terrain dropped from 9th to 14th position out of 17 in the mainstream compact crossovers segment.
Sales Results - Q2 2021 - USA - GMC
|MODEL||Q2 2021 / Q2 2020||Q2 2021||Q2 2020||YTD 2021 / YTD 2020||YTD 2021||YTD 2020|
Sales then improved in Q2, and reached 33,533 units for the year to date. However, the Terrain was outsold by every other GMC model in that period except the 2021 GMC Canyon (12,491 units) and the 2021 GMC Savana (11,291 units), and was the only one to experience a sales downturn compared with 2020.
The GMC Terrain rides on the GM D2 platform, and is available only with the 1.5L I4 LYX turbocharged gasoline engine, which produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.