GM has confirmed the 2025 GMC Terrain will debut in the middle of 2024 in its Q3 2023 earnings presentation, at approximately the same time as several other crossover and SUV nameplates.
The third generation of the Big Red crossover will begin with the launch of the 2025 GMC Terrain, bringing a complete overhaul incorporating fresh design and engineering to the vehicle.
GM President Mark Reuss said the 2025 GMC Terrain will get “sort of the GMC Professional Grade upgrade” back in late 2022 when The General first made it public that development of the next-generation Terrain was under way. He summarized the expected general features of the new model year as “very GMC, very truck, very Professional Grade, so a big interior and exterior enhancement.”
The third-gen Terrain is expected to retain the compact five-door crossover body style, but to incorporate a more upright, truck-like stance. August spy shots of the vehicle in testing show a new front fascia with C-shaped headlamps. Similar lights are expected in the taillight clusters, and more rugged styling is anticipated throughout.
The GMC Terrain AT4 trim level is also likely to be reworked with additional off-road focused features and styling.
The interior will receive a full overhaul as well. This will include a new steering wheel, colors and materials for the cabin space, which will be more ergonomic and offer improved space. Electronic upgrades will consist of newer safety tech, a new infotainment system with a larger screen, and a new gauge cluster, which will be replaced by a fully digital cluster on higher trim levels. The GM Super Cruise system may debut on the 2025 model, though this is still uncertain.
The 2025 GMC Terrain is expected to be motivated by a new small-displacement turbocharged engine. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains will be available, with the GM nine-speed automatic transmission handling cog swaps.
Speaking during the Q3 earnings conference call, GM CEO Mary Barra noted that five crossovers – including the 2025 GMC Terrain – will launch in 2024. The other models are the next-generation Chevy Equinox, Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave.
She expects them to drive profits and increase margins thanks to the popularity of their market segment. Meanwhile, GM will produce the vehicles more efficiently as a result of having “simplified the powertrain lineups” for the range of models.
The crossover will be supported by the D2-2 architecture, which is essentially an updated variant of the GM D2 platform underpinning the second-gen Terrain. Production will probably kick off in mid-2024 at the GM San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico.