Part of the reason why Pontiac and Oldsmobile have disappeared is because General Motors has been eating into its own sales by offering as many identical vehicles across its brands with only slight adjustments. GMC still does it to a large extent, but for whatever reason, it has such power that it has not only survived the slaughter, it has thrived.
All of a sudden GMC is offering vehicles a little more luxurious than its Chevrolet counterparts. 2018 GMC Terrain, the smallest crossing of GMC, is similar to Equinox. They ride on the same platform and the buyers have the same three engines available in both vehicles. Fortunately, the field has some tips for swinging buyers in its direction, including a noticeably different aspect.
Even at a glance, Reworked Terrain has a larger street edge presence with specific trim indices for each of its SL, SLE, SLT and Denali categories. Introducing the next-gen GMC design elements, all versions feature edgier fascia treatments and more sculpted body panels with a floating “D” roof and alloy wheels across the board. At Denali level, HID headlights give way to full LED units. The transition to a new platform – which is shared with the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox has left the new terrain slightly shorter than its predecessor and with 5.2 inches less wheelbase. However, this change also reduced his turning radius to improve maneuverability within narrow limits and helped to lose about 350 pounds, resulting in a noticeable increase in agility and fuel economy.
The interior of the 2018 GMC Terrain has also achieved a major touch of high-end appeal, complementing an even more contemporary style with impressive technology. For the openers, GMC has equipped its compact dump truck with luxurious touches ranging from leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, soft dashboard surfaces and aluminum-accented doors, to OnStar with 4G LTE and active noise cancellation. on all models. The latest GM infotainment system also debuted on Cadillac ATS / CTS / XTS models. Whether you’re using a 7.0 or 8.0-inch high resolution screen, it offers new customization possibilities and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Even the Terrain SL base has two front / rear USB ports, two 12V and Bluetooth jacks, while the model hierarchy adds or offers features such as a 110V AC outlet, Wi-Fi, a Bose sound system, and more. wireless charging.
The biggest differentiator between Equinox and Terrain is GMC’s new infotainment system, available on SLT trim and more. I experienced it first on the Cadillac CTS 2017.5. Known as IntelliLink in the GMC language, it is eye-catching, visually impressive, and offers personalized settings that are shared across vehicles through the cloud. In fact, I was able to log in to my OnStar account (you can create one for free) that I started on the CTS, and this allowed me to transfer my navigation settings to the field. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included, as is GM’s consistently good OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Denali models also receive a wireless phone recharge.
With new engines to choose from and decent support numbers, there will be no buyer wary of selection. The replacement of the former 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and the 3.6-liter V6 is a trio of turbocharged engines, including a diesel. A 1.5-liter inline-four is standard and offers 170 horsepower and 201 lb-ft. of couple. But unlike his brother Chevrolet Equinox, a new 9-speed automatic transmission is paired with the smaller gasoline engine.
The price of the GMC Terrain 2018 starts at $ 25,970 for a front-wheel drive SL model, the SLE starting at $ 28,795.