The GMC Terrain is the company’s crossover utility vehicle which is a successor to the Pontiac Torrent. Like the Torrent, the car is based on the company’s Theta platform. As it is, the Terrain shares similarities with popular Chevrolet Equinox. The two vehicles share identical interior components, drive train but the Terrain has distinct body panels and it also varies feature wise. Design wise, it looks somewhat dated when placed by side of the Japanese rivals. In the 2017 GMC Terrain there are some notable changes which will help it take on the steep competition better. It usually competes with rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
2017 GMC Terrain – External Body Parts and Inner Cosmetic Changes
The 2017 GMC Terrain has been made with lighter but durable materials which enhances mileage and engine performance. Its front fascia now features a wider grille and that does lend the vehicle an aggressive appearance. The bumper is slightly revamped and it houses modern fog lights. The LED headlamps are also quite pretty. Owing to large air vents on lower part of the bumper, the engine gets cooled well. There is roof spoiler on top of the body and that makes the car look trendier. At the rear section, there is brake lights and restored tail lights. The GMC Terrain 2017 will be made available in 5 trim levels SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT along with Denali. The 18 inches wheels and tough tires let the car maneuver rough terrains with superb ease. Its truck origins can still be traced from the design.
Inside the 2017 GMC Terrain, the touches of refinement are all around. The seats are soft and spacious and the trim is made of absolutely premium materials. The cargo space is also on generous side. Amenities inside the cabin include wireless Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite navigation, WiFi and ac climate regulating system. The car’s center console is large and there is a large multimedia display. The rear seats of 2017 GMC truck are quite comfortable too. Ambient lighting inside the cabin exudes classiness. The GMC has deployed top-notch sound-deadening measures in the car. The acoustic windshield does help and there are other noise-killing technologies too. The active noise-cancellation system is there. In cargo space, the 2017 GMC Terrain is not a top scorer though. Rivals like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Ford Escape offer more storage space than the Terrain. The 2017 GMC Terrain is equipped with enough safety features and infotainment options. The safety features included are Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Park Assist and Lane Departure Warning. You also get a set of safety bags along with a rear view camera. There are standard anti lock brakes, traction and stability control, On Star emergency communications system. In the base SL trim, you get auto-dimming rear view mirror, cruise control, reclining 60/40-split rear seat, rear privacy glass, 6 speaker sound system, 7-inch touch screen interface and USB port. In SLE-1 trim, you additionally get heated exterior mirrors, carpeted floor mats, satellite radio. Move up to the SLE 2 Trim, and you get LED daytime running lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, the GM’s Intelli Link system and Pioneer eight-speaker audio system. Opt for the Convenience package which includes remote engine start and heated front seats. In the SLT trim, there are chrome exterior accents, perforated leather upholstery and heated front seats. In range toping Denali trim, you also get comfort-oriented suspension setup and Driver Alert packages.
2017 GMC Terrain – Main Power Production Unit
Under the hood of the 2017 GMC Terrain, sits a 2.4 liters engine that makes 182 hp. It is equipped with a 6 speed auto-manual transmission unit. It reaches a peak speed of 185 mph and gets to 60 mph from zero in less than 6 seconds. There will be a more powerful 3.5 liters engine as well. The latter produces 305 hp. The suspension soaks in pothole and bumps rather well, resulting in smoother ride quality overall.
2017 GMC Terrain – Price and Expected Release Date
The 2017 GMC Terrain is likely to hit the roads in early part of 2017. The base trim may be priced above $36000 or so, as per available news and subsequent trims will be priced higher. The 2017 GMC Terrain emerges as a nice all-rounder performer. It has a stylish and trendy exterior and the cabin is also enticing. The entertainment options are adequate if not class leading. Safety options are also quite good, maybe except for the base trim. The ride quality is very good owing to several noise shuffling measures deployed by the company and an excellent suspension. However, it loses big time in cargo space to a number of rivals, with regular and folded back seats. The Honda CR-V beats it in fuel economy while the Ford Escape offers better acceleration. However, those seeking excellent ride quality and durability of vehicle while not compromising on amenity will still opt for the 2017 Terrain.