GMC Terrain

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This article is about the GMC Terrain sold since 2010 in North America and 2011 in the Middle East. For the GMC Terrain sold in the Middle East between 2008 and 2010, see Opel Antara.
GMC Terrain
2010 GMC Terrain SLT -- 05-06-2011.jpg
Manufacturer GMC (General Motors)
Production August 10, 2009–present
Model years 2010–present
Assembly Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada (CAMI)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV)
Body style 5-door CUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform
Related Chevrolet Equinox, Opel Antara, Cadillac SRX
Engine 2.4 L LAF I4
2.4 L LEA I4
3.0 L LF1 or LFW V6[1]
3.6 L LFX V6[2]
Transmission 6-speed automatic
I4 Models 6T45
V6 Models 6T70
Wheelbase 112.5 in (2,858 mm)[1]
Length 2010–12: 185.3 in (4,707 mm)
2013–: 187.8 in (4,770 mm)
Width 72.8 in (1,849 mm)
Height 66.3 in (1,684 mm)
Predecessor GMC Envoy
Isuzu Ascender
Pontiac Torrent
GMC Terrain (for variant of Opel Antara, Middle East)

The GMC Terrain is a mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) produced by GMC. According to General Motors (GM), it replaced the Pontiac Torrent which was sold in the same dealerships prior to GM dropping the Pontiac brand.[3] Like the Torrent, the Terrain is based on the Theta platform. The Terrain slots below the Acadia as GMC's smallest SUV. Although the preceding Pontiac Torrent had the same Theta platform, the Torrent was a rebadged version of the original Chevrolet Equinox from 2005–09, while GM decided to differ the look of the Chevrolet Equinox with its 2010 Terrain and still use the Theta platform.

The Terrain shares engineering with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox.[4] While the two vehicles use the same platform, drivetrain, interior components, the Terrain's body panels and standard features differ from those of the Equinox.[1]

The 2010 Terrain debuted at the 2009 New York International Auto Show.

Model Year Changes[edit]

2013 GMC Terrain Denali

For the 2013 model year, the GMC Terrain introduced the Denali trim which consists of more chrome trim and slightly improved interior quality, the 3.6L SIDI V6 that is shared with the 2012 Cadillac SRX in place of the optional 3.0L SIDI V6, and firmer front struts. The Denali also offers cross-traffic detection, blind-spot warning and a power passenger seat as options.[2]

For 2016, the GMC Terrain received a facelift as part of its first mid-cycle refresh along with the Equinox. The refresh consisted of new front and rear fascias, new grille, a power dome hood, LED daytime running lights, new wheels, a new gear selector, a second storage shelf under the dashboard, as well as deletion of the door lock buttons from the dashboard.[5]

In 2016, GMC introduced the Terrain Nightfall edition, which replaces chrome with gloss-black finish on the grille surround, the front and rear fascia accents, the license-plate surround, mirror caps, and roof rack, as well as charcoal grille inserts and darkened headlights pulled from the Terrain Denali. The Terrain Nightfall comes with revised rims with machined faces and black spokes. The Terrain Nightfall trim is available on the SLE-2 and SLT trim levels and is available only in Onyx Black, Summit White, Graphite Gray, and Crimson Red.[6]


The GMC Terrain comes powered by a choice of two engines, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a V6 engine that was upgraded from 3.0 liters of displacement to 3.6 liters in 2013:

Years Engine Power Torque
2010–2011 2.4 L Ecotec LAF I4 182 hp (136 kW) 172 lb·ft (233 N·m)
2012– 2.4 L Ecotec LEA I4 182 hp (136 kW) 172 lb·ft (233 N·m)
2010–2012 3.0 L High Feature LF1 or LFW V6 264 hp (197 kW) 222 lb·ft (301 N·m)
2013– 3.6 L High Feature LFX V6 301 hp (224 kW) 272 lb·ft (369 N·m)


2010 Terrain SLE-2 interior
Calendar Year Sales (U.S.)
2009[7] 14,033
2010[8] 60,519
2011[8] 83,179
2012 97,786
2013[9] 99,525
2014[10] 105,016
2015[11] 112,030

Natural Gas Version[edit]

In 2013, Nat G CNG Solutions in Houston, TX and AGA Systems in Salt Lake City, UT announced that they had begun offering a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) version of the Terrain and the Chevy Equinox using the 2.4L Direct Injection engine. The natural gas version is a "bi-fuel" CNG vehicle, meaning it runs on either gasoline or natural gas, giving it extended range. The Terrain/Equinox were the first direct injection natural gas vehicles ever approved by the US EPA.[12]

Natural Gas GMC Terrain at the NGVA Show in Atlanta November, 2013

The CNG version was available for newly purchased Terrains through select dealers or as a retrofit on 2013 and 2014 models. Nat G CNG Solutions® offered the vehicle in two options: a two-seater "cargo version" and a five-seat "passenger version." The cargo version has an 837-mile combined gasoline / natural gas (9.2 gge of CNG) while the passenger version has a 775-mile combined highway range (6.8 gge of CNG).

Natural Gas GMC Terrain Interior of 5 Seat "Passenger Version" from Nat G CNG Solutions and AGA Systems
Natural Gas GMC Terrain Loaded Interior of "Cargo Version" from Nat G CNG Solutions and AGA Systems
Natural Gas GMC Terrain Interior of "Cargo Version" from Nat G CNG Solutions and AGA Systems

The companies claimed that the natural gas version had tested at the EPA lab at 31 mpg highway on natural gas and had achieved a Bin 3 emissions equivalent to the Toyota Prius.[12]

Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products,[13] was the launch customer for the natural gas version with an initial order of up to 100 of the natural gas versions.


  1. ^ a b c Strongman, Tom (May 13, 2011). "2011 GMC Terrain". Kansas City Star. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ General Motors (2010-03-02). "Sales and Production Release February 2010". Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  3. ^ "GMC Terrain First Auto Embargo Broken By Twitter". Jalopnik. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  4. ^ Truett, Richard (March 31, 2015). "GMC Terrain undergoes facelift for 2016". Auto News. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Turkus, Brandon (March 21, 2016). "GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition is murdered-out for the masses". Autoblog. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ "General Motors 2009 Calendar Year Sales" (PDF). General Motors. 
  7. ^ a b "December 2011 Sales: General Motors" (PDF). General Motors. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  8. ^ "GM US Deliveries for December 2013" (PDF). General Motors. 
  9. ^ "GM US Deliveries for December 2014" (PDF). General Motors. 
  10. ^ "GM US Deliveries for December 2015" (PDF). General Motors. 
  11. ^ a b Piellisch, Rich. "Nat G CNG for New GM Crossovers". Fleets and Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  12. ^ John L. Nau

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