The 2016 GMC Terrain is based on the GM’s Theta platform, and while it may not be the most inspiring car in their segment, it offers plenty of room, flexibility, and a lot of features. That’s why this small SUV is popular with people whose car priorities are more oriented towards the performances and not the looks. In fact, the new GMC Terrain 2016 has managed to become the number-2 seller for GMC, having only to the Sierra full-size pickup truck in front of it.
2016 GMC Terrain redesign
As far as the exterior goes, the new front and rear ends help lighten the Terrain’s look and give it a more upscale appearance. The front gets a 3-bar chrome grille with the black honeycomb backing. The new C-shaped chrome ring is placed around the new LED headlights, as well as the back lights. The 2016 GMC Terrain Denali has the same front fascia as the non-Denali models, but has the standard Denali much flashier chrome grille. Furthermore, a new pair of 18 and 19-inch wheels will be available, as well as the 2 new color options: Crimson Red Tintcoat and White Frost Tricoat.
Interior wise, the improvements include mostly the changes to the center stack. Redesigned hard the infotainment system buttons are more intuitive. The door lock button is now relocated from the dash to each door panel. The CD/DVD slot under the HVAC controls is now replaced by a small shelf for storage. The redesigned shifter now looks more upscale. Standard on SL and SLE trims is a new premium cloth fabric while the upper trims have the option of a new “Saddle Up” leather color. The 2016 GMC Terrain Denali has the option of a new Light Titanium or Jet Black color combination. As far as safety is concerned, the GMC now offers Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert on SLE and SLT models, before it was only available on the Denali model. Also available is the GM’s popular 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for mobile streaming.
GMC Terrain 2016 specs
Under the hood of the new GMC Terrain 2016, the engine lineup will include the standard 2.4 l 4-cylinder capable of delivering 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, or the optional 3.6 l V-6 engine capable of pumping out 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Both of the engines will come with a direct fuel injection system and variable valve timing. The engines will come paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, and FWD is standard for all models while all-wheel-drive system is optional. Smaller 4-cylinder engine with FWD has EPA estimated fuel economy rated at 32 mpg at highway while optional V6 powerplant offer fuel economy rated at 24 highway mpg. The 2016 GMC Terrain towing capacity with V-6 engine is 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg).
2016 GMC Terrain price and release date
The price for the new GMC Terrain 2016 should start from $26,500, depending on the trim level and selected equipment. Other small SUV vehicles that will be its main competitors are Ford Escape, Honda CRV, Subaru Outback and Dodge Journey. The 2016 GMC Terrain release date is set for the fall of this year 2015.