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John Goreham
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
1-8-2017

GMC showed off its all-new 2018 Terrain today in Detroit. From the images and information, it appears that GMC is sticking with a two-row desing, rather than follow the Nissan Rogue and offer a compact third-row option.

 

The new Terrain follows the recently revealed 2018 Chevy Equinox' lead mechanically, with the same engine choices. Those choices are the 1.5L turbocharged base engine, a 2.0L turbocharged higher performance option, and an intriguing 1.6L turbo diesel. The new nine-speed automatic transmission will feature a new gear-shift-less operation.

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GMC says "GMC’s new Electronic Precision Shift enables more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers." We added the red arrow to the above image to draw attention to the area that GMC made mention of.

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Being smack dab in the middle of the largest non-truck segment, a segment that is dominated by family buyers, GMC has wisely upped the ante on available safety. A quick list of the available features includes:

-New Surround Vision
-New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
-New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
-New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
-Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
-Rear Cross Traffic Alert
-New Safety Alert Seat

-New Rear Seat Reminder

- New Teen Driver Modes

 

The teen driver system includes an in-vehicle report card to rat out your speeding teen. I use Cell Control in the compact crossover used by my teen son (new driver) and it has been a setup he tolerates well, and that gives me peace of mind. GM bringing this system directly into the vehicle is an interesting move. The system also allows for a parent to set controls, though GM has not elaborated yet. It would be interesting to see if some sort of anti-texting technology was included.

 

The new 2018 Terrain from GMC will appear in dealerships this spring. Trims will include SL, SLE, SLT and Denali models. We think the new Terrain looks fantastic. What are your thoughts on the styling GM-Trucks.com members?

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Looks fresh and modern.

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It looks somewhat better in video. http://www.gmc.com/suvs/2018-terrain-small-suv.html

The body lines from behind the headlights back all look good. Glad they ditched the inflated fenderwells.

The interior looks much better than the outgoing set up.

Hate that you have to get to Denali trim level to get lower body plastics painted. Same for the Acadia.

But that grille-headlight combination appears to me as two designers fighting over ideas.

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Meh... It looks like the rest of the jellybean shaped station wagons, I mean "SUV's" in this class. And rear vision will be horrible with that high hip line. Good thing that they are adding all the new safety nannies. And call me a dinosaur but I just can't get used to these shifter knobs. The whole time I was driving a new Durango last week I just couldn't keep my hand off that stupid dial shifter. The whole time I was just thinking what would happen if I turned it to park @ 60 mph. Lol. And yeah I'm dreading the day GM puts those dial shifters in the full size trucks/suv's 'cause we all know it's coming. Maybe we'll get lucky and the GM engineers will make it the same size, shape, and location as the headlights and transfer case shift knobs currently being used. Well... you asked.

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. And call me a dinosaur but I just can't get used to these shifter knobs. The whole time I was driving a new Durango last week I just couldn't keep my hand off that stupid dial shifter.

 

The arrow in the photo in post one points more so to the traction control/assist setting knob. The actual way to choose PRND is push/pull tabs at the bottom or just below the hvac controls.

There is a video in the link I posted above & you will see it at the :48 second mark. May be easier to see via video for those reading this on their phone.

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Meh... It looks like the rest of the jellybean shaped station wagons, I mean "SUV's" in this class. And rear vision will be horrible with that high hip line. Good thing that they are adding all the new safety nannies. And call me a dinosaur but I just can't get used to these shifter knobs. The whole time I was driving a new Durango last week I just couldn't keep my hand off that stupid dial shifter. The whole time I was just thinking what would happen if I turned it to park @ 60 mph. Lol. And yeah I'm dreading the day GM puts those dial shifters in the full size trucks/suv's 'cause we all know it's coming. Maybe we'll get lucky and the GM engineers will make it the same size, shape, and location as the headlights and transfer case shift knobs currently being used. Well... you asked.

ummm....those fine smart engineers are actually working at Fiat/Chrysler putting that exact mentioned dial in their Ram Truck on the dash..........Nonsense!

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The exterior is something I'll have to see in person to judge, the interior is a good upgrade from what I see. We had the wife in a 2012 Equinox and now a 2015 Terrain and she has loved both of them. I'm interested to see how the new engine packages fair, we will be looking to upgrade in late 2018, early 2019.

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Inside looks pretty good! I am just not quite there on the 1. something engines? The 4cly Terrain I had for 1 week as rental was pretty good except for the dangerously slow acceleration with wife, kids, luggage in the hills? V6 people!

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John Goreham

Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

1-8-2017

 

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GMC says "GMC’s new Electronic Precision Shift enables more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers." We added the red arrow to the above image to draw attention to the area that GMC made mention of.

 

Your red arrow is pointing to the center console. The Electronic Shift Control is actually mounted on the center stack just below the HVAC controls.

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GMC styling has never been to my tastes, but this one looks a bit better IMHO.

 

And, um, GM kinda "over-photoshopped" the blue one, made the SUV so blue it turned the tires blue too! :) LOL!

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Darn good looking SUV.

 

Too bad the center console is huge. Another nice SUV with huge center console and small hard drivers seat.

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I laughed hysteracly for a few seconds when I first saw that thing.. Wow.. Not sure if it looks like a Honda from the back end and a smashed in Volvo from the front..... :crackup: I hope the chevy version isn't as ugly.

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I laughed hysteracly for a few seconds when I first saw that thing.. Wow.. Not sure if it looks like a Honda from the back end and a smashed in Volvo from the front..... :crackup: I hope the chevy version isn't as ugly.

 

Um... The 2018 Equinox was released back in mid September.

 

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