Per Mike Speranzini, brand director of GMC in Canada, “The all-new Terrain delivers bold design, capability and precision to the fastest growing segment in the market.” There’s little substance in his statement, so let’s dig into the new 2018 GMC Terrain a little more.
The 2018 GMC Terrain was revealed at the Canadian International Auto Show earlier this year. Somewhat surprisingly, the SUV turned heads in a category typified by sameness. The new Terrain has a noticeably different front end. The previously rectangular grille has been rounded. Beside the angular new headlights, it looks sharp and modern. The chrome accents beneath the grille have been tightened into an aggressive paraph. This new design was informed by testing done in the wind tunnel.
The 2018 GMC Terrain
The Terrain is sporting some new features on the inside as well. For engines, the 2018 Terrain will have a few new options. An available 1.6L turbo-diesel will be offered alongside 1.5 and 2.0L gas versions. Both the 1.5L and 2.0L variants will come with new nine-speed automatic transmissions. The increased number of gears allows for smoother, more efficient acceleration. In turn, this translates to greater fuel savings.
Say Goodbye to Shift Levers
The most radical feature to be introduced is the New Electronic Precision Shift. EPS will replace the traditional shift lever which has long been the standard for automatic transmissions. Consequently, it might take some getting used to. The EPS panel is situated beneath the infotainment centre in an illuminated row. Neutral and Park modes are pressed like buttons, while Drive and Reverse must be pulled like switches.
Although it may seem strange at first, GMC insist the new technology is much more intuitive than competitor’s shift knobs. More importantly, the move to EPS will free up cargo space between the front seats. When combine with the flat-folding passenger and rear seats, the Terrain seems set to emphasise its utility.
The 2018 GMC Terrain will be available this summer. It will come in SLE, SLT, and Denali trims. If you’d like to check out the 2018 Terrain’s predecessor, follow the link below. After all, you may want to get one before the shift lever is a thing of the past.