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January 8, 2018
By Mario Cywinski


General Motors Canada recently unveiled the 2018 GMC Terrain, which is completely redesigned inside and out for 2018. It offers a new front and rear fascia, grille, standard LED DRLs, taillights with signature lighting and active aero shutters. Denali models have a new satin-chrome multidimensional grille, LED headlights with DRLs, 19-inch aluminum wheels, and more.

“Terrain helped define the premium compact SUV segment and the all-new 2018 model elevates it with a stronger roster of standard and available features,” said Duncan Aldred, Vice-President of Global GMC. “GMC’s proven SUV experience makes it a more compelling choice than ever, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”

The all-new GMC Terrain features three engine options, all turbocharged. Standard on SLE models is the 1.5 litre turbo with 170 horsepower and 201 foot/pounds of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It offers fuel economy of 9.2/7.9 L/100 kilometres (city/highway) with front-wheel-drive. Next is the 2.0L turbo, standard on SLT and Denali (available on SLE) and offers 252 hp and 260 ft/lbs of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 11.2/9.0 L/100km with all-wheel-drive. An optional engine available on SLE and SLT trim is the 1.6L turbo diesel with 137 hp and 240 ft/lbs of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It features fuel economy of 8.5/6.0 L/100km with front-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive is available.

For 2018, Terrain has added a number of new safety features including: automatic parking assist, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, following distance indicator, front park assist, low-speed forward automatic braking, safety alert seat and available surround vision. These are in addition to features already offered on Terrain including: rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, rear vision camera, forward collision alert and side blind spot alert with lane change alert.

Terrain has an all-new infotainment system to keep fleet drivers connected to the office. The system offers personalization for up to five profiles, connected navigation, and ability to connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time. It has a multi-touch display, over-the-air updates, and capability for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The interface allows for customizable home screen icons, summary view screen, with a smartphone-like layout.

General Motors understands Canadian shoppers have unique needs and it has made certain features standard north of the border. SLE models offer remote start, dual-zone climate control with rear second-row vents, and heated front seats. SLT offers heather leather steering wheel, memory package, hands free power lift gate, and six-way power passenger seat. Denali offers wireless charging, heated and ventilated front seats, and heather rear outbound seats.

Terrain offers a selection of unique convenience features including rear seat reminder, electronic precision shifter, which uses buttons on the console to engage different gears, traction select dial, panoramic sunroof and many storage options.

GMC Terrain has been a fleet favourite since it’s introduction as a 2010 model and GM hopes the newest iteration continues that tradition.

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