|Manufacturer||GMC (General Motors)|
|Production||August 10, 2009–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|
|Engine||2.4 L LAF I4
2.4 L LEA I4
3.0 L LF1 or LFW V6
3.6 L LFX V6
|Wheelbase||112.5 in (2,858 mm)|
|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)|
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. 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. While the two vehicles use the same platform and drivetrain, the Terrain's body panels and standard features differ from those of the Equinox.
The 2010 Terrain debuted at the 2009 New York International Auto Show.
Model Year Changes
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.
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.
Trim Levels and Equipment
The SLE-1 trim level serves as the base trim level of the GMC Terrain. It offers a generous amount of standard equipment, which includes:
-Keyless Entry -OnStar (w/ 4G LTE connectivity in 2015+ models) -A/M-F/M Stereo w/ Single-Disc In-Dash CD/MP3 Player and Auxiliary Audio Input Jack and and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (2010-2012 models) -"Color Touch" A/M-F/M Touch-Screen Stereo w/ Voice Activation, USB/iPod Ports, Auxiliary Audio Input Jack, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth for Phone (2013+ models, Single-Disc, In-Dash CD/MP3 Player for 2013-2015 models, CD Player Deleted for 2016+ models) -6 Speakers -Seventeen-Inch (17") Aluminum Alloy Wheels -Spare Tire and Wheel (Compact, Non-Matching) -Cloth Seating Surfaces -Fully-Manual Dual Front Bucket Seats w/ "MultiFlex" Sliding and Folding Rear Split Bench Seat -Air Conditioning -Black Front Grille w/ Chrome Surround -2.4L I4 Engine -6-Speed Automatic Transmission
The SLE-2 trim level serves as the midrange trim level of the GMC Terrain, and builds on the standard equipment of the base SLE-1 trim level:
-Security System -Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel w/ Remote Audio System Controls -Bluetooth Phone System -"IntelliLink" A/M-F/M Touch-Screen Stereo w/ Voice Activation, USB/iPod Ports, Auxiliary Audio Input Jack, SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/ Travel-Link, and Full Bluetooth w/ A2DP Stereo Wireless Audio Streaming (2013+ Models, Single-Disc, In-Dash CD/MP3 Player for 2013-2015 models, CD Player Deleted for 2016+ Models) -Remote Vehicle Starter System -Chrome Front Grille -Front Fog Lamps -8 Premium Pioneer Speakers w/ Center-Channel Speaker, Rear-Mounted Subwoofer, and External Amplifier -Power Front Driver's Bucket Seat -Cruise Control -Rearview Backup Camera and Rear Parking Sensors (2013+ models)
The SLT trim level (known as the SLT-1 and SLT-2 trim levels from 2010-2015) is slotted below the top-of-the-line Denali trim level (was top-of-the-line trim level from 2010-2012), and adds to the midrange SLE-2 trim level's standard equipment:
-Eighteen-Inch (18") Aluminum Alloy Wheels -Leather-Trimmed Seating Surfaces -Heated Dual Front Bucket Seats -Multi-Zone Climate Control System -Eighteen-Inch (18") Chrome-Plated Aluminum Alloy Wheels (2012-2015 SLT-2 model ONLY, became optional for 2016+ models) -Power Tilt-and-Sliding Sunroof (2010-2015 SLT-2 model ONLY, became optional for 2016+ models) -Power Programmable Rear Tailgate (2011-2015 SLT-2 model ONLY, became optional for 2016+ models) -Chrome-Capped Heated Side Mirrors
The Denali trim level has served as the top-of-the-line trim level since its introduction in 2013, and adds to the SLT, SLT-1, and SLT-2 trim level's standard equipment:
-Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) -Side Blind Zone Alert System (BLIS) -Power Programmable Rear Tailgate -Power Tilt-and-Sliding Sunroof -Eighteen-Inch (18") Chrome-Plated Aluminum Alloy Wheels (I4-equipped models) or Nineteen-Inch (19") Chrome-Plated Aluminum Alloy Wheels (V6-equipped models) -Exclusive Chrome Mesh Front Grille -Chrome 'Denali' Emblem Replaces Red 'GMC' Emblem on Steering Wheel -Heated Steering Wheel -Power Front Passenger's Seat -Enhanced Chrome Accents
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:
|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)|
|Calendar Year||Sales (U.S.)|
Natural Gas Version
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.
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).
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.
Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products, was the launch customer for the natural gas version with an initial order of up to 100 of the natural gas versions.
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- John L. Nau
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