The Terrain is not Ready for the Next Generation
Even though GM has typically adhered to a calendar of generational changes, the new Terrain generation is not quite here yet. Instead of completely redesigning the Terrain GMC has given it a few tweaks to make it even more appealing than before. The Terrain is the second leading seller for GMC coming in only behind the Sierra full-size pickup truck, and has a strong female following, which might be a serious surprise considering its overall shape. Even with only minor changes, the Terrain appears to be able to continue to offer a spacious cabin, flexibility in use and the equipment desired by many in a tech-savvy world.
As the smallest vehicle from GMC and riding on the same platform as the Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain offers more features than the Equinox for owners to enjoy. This may explain the amazing attraction women have to the Terrain, or it may be the rugged, boxy appearance that gives the feeling of power while having a size that is easy to maneuver in just about any space possible. The most obvious change to the Terrain has taken place up front, at the nose of the vehicle which has had its large grill pushed deeper and the chrome brought down farther than before. The lights have been upgraded to now include LED daytime running lights along with new front and rear bumper chrome to offer a fantastic overall look to this excellent SUV.
The engine choices for the new Terrain continue to be the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder offering that brings in 182 horsepower and the much more powerful 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 that offers 301 horsepower. Both can be had as front or all-wheel drive allowing the Terrain to be a great on or off road vehicle for anyone to drive.
On the inside the Terrain adds new upholstery in both fabric and leather color choices along with a completely redesigned center stack with updated graphics. The Terrain will continue to come in four trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT and Denali with the Denali adding a distinct grill, 19-inch wheels, and upgraded taillights. The only mechanical improvement for the Denali is the dual-flow dampers and many of the previously Denali only features can now be had on the SLT such as a power passenger seat, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross traffic alerts. Of course this would not be an updated GM product unless it offered the 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, which it does through the GM OnStar system.
If you were expecting and waiting for a completely redesigned Terrain for 2016 you will be a bit disappointed, but the upgrades and changes made to the Terrain continue to make it a class leader. As the smallest vehicle in the GMC lineup the Terrain continues to be one of the most popular offerings with a full array of awesome features and the ability to be a lot of fun on or off the road.