Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
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.
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.
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?