2018 GMC Terrain Spy Shots, Denali, SLE, SLT

Spy shots of the 2018 GMC Terrain spotted road-testing on the streets of Detroit show that the American automakers mean business. And if rumors are anything to go by, this new 2018 Terrain will be a major overhaul from the 7-year-old previous model and may hit the crossover segment soon.

2018 GMC Terrain front

2018 GMC Terrain – Exterior

Spy shots of a camouflaged test model show a major rejig. A sleeker kinetic stance mandatory to a crossover along with a sloping roofline can be made out of the photos when compared to its previous box-shaped upright stance.

Following the cue of previous models, 2018 GMC Terrain will incorporate the 2016 Acadia’s nose and the 2016 Sierra pickups’ dynamic front fascia. Headlights and indicators will be clumped in with the same contours to provide it a generic compact feel. Smaller exterior dimensions, however, will not cave in on cabin space. The chassis will be based on mother company GM’s D2XX architecture platform.

This crossover will be stronger with a 27% increase in solid body frameworks. Increased usage of aluminum will make the car lighter on the whole by a rumored 200 lbs.


One of the lags of the previous models was the below par in-cabin infotainment and overall luxury. GMC should also be looking into it and rumors suggest that GM infotainment module Apple CarPlay, GMC Interlink and Google Auto Integration will be made available from the entry-level trims. A traditional 5-seater, it will follow suit from the previous model with a sliding function on the second row of seats. Overall, interiors will be integrated with more features and tech to make it a more buyable option, not only than the previous models but also above the other models in its class.

2018 GMC Terrain interior

2018 GMC Terrain – Performance and Configurations

  • Types-2.4-liter inline-4/ 3.6-liter V6
  • Output-182 hp + 172 lb-ft/ 301 hp + 272 lb-ft
  • Economy-20/ 23 mpg [Highway]

These specifications are based completely on rumors. Especially in the case of powerful turbocharged variant whose performance are among the best-in-class. GMC will try to keep fuel economy at par and above the segment average.


Whether 2018 GMC Terrain crossover will also come with separate 2WD and AWD versions cannot be confirmed. The lower trims will have a 2WD to provide phenomenal mileage figures. There also will be two transmission modes available on all trims, one being a 6-speed automatic and the other a 9-speed automatic co-configured by GM and Ford.

2018 GMC Terrain side

2018 GMC Terrain – Trims and Pricing

This model will be available in 3 trims:

  • SLE
  • SLT
  • Denali

A highly competitive price is expected with GMC aiming to make a mark as a compact SUV manufacturer. The price will start from around $25,000 for the entry level trim up to $37,000 for the top trim Denali.


Jeep Cherokee, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson are a few competitors in the upcoming market. This segment is replete with options for the buyer. Also, a 2018 GMC Terrain will succeed within all of these models is hard to say this early. But that it is a huge improvement from GMC is a truth which rumors and numbers strongly point at.

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