2018 GMC Terrain Specs, Release Date

It was back in 2010 when the Terrain rolled out of GMC stable for the very first time. Over the years, the small crossover has been revamped a few times and it remains one of the best-selling models of GM till date. The company has revamped it for 2018 and the makeover is not cosmetic as such. From powertrain to the interior, everything receives a facelift in 2018 GMC Terrain.

Most of it is useful and easy on eyes too. Upon release, the 2018 Terrain will battle it out with segment contenders like Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape as well as the new Mazda CX-5. The prototype was shown at the recently held 2017 Detroit Auto Show where it managed to make heads turn.

2018 GMC Terrain - front

2018 GMC Terrain – Appearance of Exterior and Interior 

The 2018 GMC Terrain is quite stylish, much more than its predecessor- beyond any doubt. There is a macho element about its exterior as well. The larger fenders, creased metal and an aggressive grille make it stand out. The HID headlamps are there on some trims and LED DRL is also new. Since the car is based on GM’s much-touted D2XX architecture, it is also lighter than the existing model. The air dam at front bumper has also been changed.

It comes in 4 trim levels- Denali, SL, SLE, and SLT. As always, the top notch Denali trim gets unique exterior styling like chrome door handles body-colored bumpers. Most trims get 17-inchers to18 inches wheels while Denali gets larger 19-inch wheels. On close look, you will see the side profile of 2018 Terrain has also changed. Much like new headlamp in the 2018 Terrain, the taillight is also C-shaped. The exhaust tips are a bit smaller than the predecessor. While the roof is somewhat slanted to the rear, the roof rails are now longer.


The cabin of 2018 Terrain also receives some changes, though they are not drastic. The new centre console now has a bin beneath it quite useful. The new dashboard will also grab your attention. There are cup holders along with other small item storage options. You will like the fact door panels have wider arm rests and they are comfortable too.  The seats are quite comfortable and rear seats can be folded. Cargo space is decent if not category-leading. Default cargo space is now 29.6 cubic feet. Denali trim gets better upholstery, as expected.

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2018 GMC Terrain – Under the hood

The powertrain is where 2018 GMC Terrain differs from the predecessor. It shares the powertrain with cousin Chevy Equinox. The base trim will get a 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine which will make 170 hp. It is coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission unit. There are a 1.6-liter diesel engine and a top notch 2.0-litre gasoline unit which finds a place under the hood of Denali. There is a Traction Select system on all trims and AWD models get a special FWD Mode.


The 2018 GMC Terrain gets a major boost in both safety and entertainment segments, which makes it ahead of most of the category rivals, as it is. All trims get safety features like airbags, stability control and a special teen driver mode. The last feature, in fact, appears in most new GM vehicles. Most of the advanced safety features and amenities are standard in Denali trim while in other trims, they are offered as options.

Base trim gets 17-inch wheels, 7.0-inch touch screen for infotainment, OnStar with embedded a 4G LTE hotspot, while top trim gets a larger 8-inch display unit. Available advanced safety features are Surround Vision, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

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2018 GMC Terrain – Price and Availability

The GMC Terrain 2018 is going to be released late in 2017. While official pricing is yet to be declared, GM may raise the price for each trim, albeit by a small margin. So, the base trim price may be around $28,000 and price for Denali may be close to $38000.

The 2018 GMC Terrain is a well-rounded crossover that gets most things in place. The 2018 version gets enhanced exterior styling, a functional interior and engines are also quite decent. In safety and amenities, it covers the important things. Denali trim gets the best of everything and even then it offers great value for money.

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