GMC Introduces Modern, Bold Design on 2018 Terrain

DETROIT — GMC today introduced the all-new 2018 Terrain and unveiled the next chapter of GMC design via a boldly styled and intelligently engineered successor to the brand’s popular compact SUV. The Terrain offers greater refinement and versatility to adapt to customers’ unique needs, and it’s packed with more available advanced safety technologies than ever before.

GMC offers customers the widest range of choices yet, with two all-new available turbocharged propulsion systems. Two new efficiency-enhancing nine-speed automatic transmissions are matched with the two gas engines — a first application for the GMC lineup.

Continuing the momentum of owning 25 percent of GMC’s overall retail sales, Denali returns to the Terrain with greater exclusivity than ever, offering a distinctive range-topping design and uniquely refined features.

“GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Terrain builds on that success, leveraging GMC’s proven premium SUV experience to shake up the largest vehicle segment, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”

The 2018 Terrain goes on sale this summer in the Middle East in SLE, SLT and Denali models, maintaining the momentum created by the first-generation model, of which more than 700,000 have been sold globally since it went on sale in 2009.

Bold, modern design

The new Terrain’s bold exterior signals the next chapter of GMC’s design language, evolving the brand’s signature cues with stronger, sharper and more sculpted elements such as the grille and lighting features. Its shape was refined in the wind tunnel to help ensure the distinctive profile cuts through the air with optimal efficiency and quietness.

“It is a striking design with functional beauty,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. “There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.”

Elevating GMC’s new design, the all-new Terrain Denali will feature its signature satin chrome grille along with Denali-specific accents including body-color fascias and lower trim, plus chrome roof rails, door handles, side mirror caps and body-side molding. Additionally, LED headlamps and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels are standard on Denali.

All other models feature signature LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps. Bi-functional HID headlamps are standard on SLE and SLT. Additionally, 17-inch wheels are standard on SLE, with 18-inch wheels available on SLE, and standard on SLT.

Turbocharged propulsion choices

A range of two all-new turbocharged gas engines, including the new 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged gas engines, matched with two unique new nine-speed automatic transmissions, with the 2.0L turbo engine offering stronger acceleration and a higher degree of performance than its 1.5L counterpart.

GMC’s new Electronic Precision Shift enables more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers.

The Terrain comes standard with GMC’s driver-controllable Traction Select system, which has choices for different driving conditions. Elements such as the throttle responses are optimized for the selected driving mode. AWD models include a FWD mode that disconnects the AWD system to minimize drag and optimize fuel economy, while the AWD mode offers all the benefits of an active AWD system.

Refined, versatile and purposeful interior

Like the exterior, the new Terrain’s interior makes a statement and serves as a fundamental component of the vehicle’s heightened emphasis on refinement and functionality. Elements such as authentic aluminum trim, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and doors and standard active noise cancellation are premium features seamlessly integrated into the interior design for a luxurious customer experience.

The Terrain Denali heightens the GMC experience throughout the new interior with a unique trim tint color and Denali-specific logos and piping on the front seats. Denali customers will benefit from additional standard features including a heated steering wheel, navigation, Bose premium 7-speaker sound system and a hands-free programmable power liftgate.

An expanded center console with pass-through storage underneath and side-by-side cupholders adds to the Terrain’s functionality. A new fold-flat front passenger seat and flat-folding rear seat help Terrain offer greater versatility for stowing longer items and make it easier to load cargo. There are also new under-floor compartments in the cargo area for more secure storage.

GMC keeps passengers connected with 7- and available 8-inch-diagonal infotainment systems, featuring compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, and require a compatible smartphone.

Expanded range of safety features

An expanded range of available active safety technologies is designed to enhance driver awareness and even help make it easier to park and maneuver in low-speed situations. The features include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to potentially avoid them, including:

  • New Surround Vision
  • New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
  • New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • New Safety Alert Seat

The new Terrain also features GMC’s new Rear Seat Reminder[1]. Rear Seat Reminder alerts drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicles under certain circumstances.


Built on the philosophy of ‘Commands Respect’, GMC has built pickups since 1902. With a rich heritage in the Middle East and an impressive 111 years of presence, innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient pickups, crossovers and SUVs.

The GMC portfolio in the Middle East features Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. The Sierra half-ton pickup is the most powerful light duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Every GMC model, including Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs, is available in Denali luxury trim. GMC also offers customers a high-level aftersales service experience. For more information, please visit




2018 GMC Terrain

Body style / driveline:

five-passenger, four-door SUV, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive

EPA vehicle class:

compact SUV


Engine / Type:

1.5L turbo DOHC DI

2.0L turbo DOHC DI

Block material:

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

Fuel delivery:

direct injection

direct injection

Horsepower (hp / kW):

170 / 127


252 / 188


Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):

203 / 275


260 / 353



Hydra-Matic 9T45 nine-speed automatic

Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic

Chassis / Suspension

Suspension (front):

MacPherson strut with side-loaded modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar

Suspension (rear):

Four-link independent rear suspension

Steering type:

Electric-variable power assist (EPS)

Turning circle (m):

11.4 (17-inch wheels)

Brakes & Wheels

Brake type:

four-wheel disc with ABS and ESC; Duralife rotors and low-drag calipers

Wheel size and type:

17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm):

107.3 / 2725

Overall length (in / mm):

182.3 / 4652

Overall width (in / mm):

72.4 / 1843

Overall height (in / mm):

65.4 / 1661

Track (in / mm):

front: 62.2 / 1580

rear: 62.2 / 1581

Interior Dimensions

Seating capacity:

2 / 3

Headroom (in / mm):

Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)

Legroom (in / mm):

40.9 / 1040 (front)
39.7 / 1008 (rear)

Shoulder room (in / mm):

57.2 / 1452 (front)
55.5 / 1410 (rear)

Hip room (in / mm):

54.4 / 1377 (front)

51.8 / 1314 (rear)

Weights & Capacities

Base curb weight (lb / kg):

3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD – est.)

Fuel capacity (gal / L):

14.9 / 56 (FWD)

15.6 / 59 (AWD)

Max cargo room (cu ft / L):

29.6 / 846 (behind rear seat)

63.3 / 1792 (rear seat folded)

Max trailering (lb / kg):

3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)

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