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04-05-2009, 11:59 AM
GMC Terrain


* All-new, five-passenger crossover SUV delivers expected segment-best highway fuel economy of 30 mpg
* Comprehensive package of premium features, with an emphasis on vehicle safety and passenger comfort
* GMC's engineering excellence and innovation advances with direct injection technology, programmable power liftgate and standard rear vision camera

NEW YORK –GMC's all-new 2010 Terrain makes its world debut at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The Terrain is a five-passenger crossover SUV that blends bold styling with fuel efficiency and premium features.

"The new Terrain brings GMC's history of innovation and engineering excellence into a smaller, fuel-efficient package for today's buyer," said Susan Docherty, Buick-Pontiac-GMC vice president. "The capability attributes that make a vehicle a GMC are ingrained in Terrain, making it an appealing choice for existing traditional SUV customers who are looking for distinctive styling and increased efficiency."

A new, 2.4L four-cylinder engine that features direct injection is expected to deliver best-in-segment highway fuel economy of 30 mpg. Maximum fuel economy is achieved in part with an "ECO" mode that is activated via a console-mounted button. When engaged, it lowers the torque converter lockup speed to 1,125 rpm to help save fuel on models equipped with the 2.4L engine.

Also available will be a 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine delivering an estimated 264 horsepower (197 kW). Both engines are mated to efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmissions and offer a refined, confident driving experience.

"GMC is a strong, core brand for GM and the Terrain crossover SUV is the latest example of how we're adapting to changing market conditions," said Docherty. "As we first demonstrated with the Acadia crossover, GMC is committed to offering the capable vehicles customers seek, with the personal technologies they expect."

The 2010 Terrain goes on sale in late summer, with front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models offered in SLE and SLT trim levels. A comprehensive list of standard and available features includes purposeful technologies such as:

* Standard rear vision camera
* Programmable power rear liftgate
* Bluetooth hands-free phone capability
* MultiFlex sliding rear seat that increases passenger comfort or provides optimal cargo space
* Remote vehicle start
* USB audio connectivity; MP3 playback
* Seven-inch touch-screen navigation system and a 40-gigabyte hard drive
* DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system with two independent screens
* Standard OnStar and XM Satellite Radio

Segment-best safety is anticipated, with features that include four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control, as well as six standard air bags: dual frontal air bags; head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags. OnStar with one-year Safe and Sound service is also standard.

Bold styling

Terrain has a balanced, athletic stance and offers a commanding view of the road. Its design is characterized by bold, muscular fender flares, representing GMC's aesthetic. Surfacing is angular yet refined, with a strong and capable front-end appearance that features precise, squared-off edges.

"We wanted to carve the GMC Terrain away from the pack and establish its identity as a powerful, fresh crossover SUV with a confident and strong stance," said John Cafaro Jr., director of exterior design, Global Crossover Vehicles. "Everything about the Terrain communicates a sense of tailored toughness and passionate craftsmanship."

Additional design features include a unique, three-element grille that is accented by a prominent chrome surround and projector-beam headlamps mounted in large, rectangular housings with chrome accents.

Interior details and flexibility

The Terrain's rich, premium interior is influenced by industrial sculpture and exudes refinement exemplified by contrast stitching and fine materials that create a structured look throughout the cabin. A "floating" center stack, highlighted by warm ambient lighting, houses a multitude of ergonomic comfort and convenience controls.

The Terrain also features great attention to detail, with smart use of storage space and compartments that are suitable for a variety of items. They include an oversized glove box; a closed storage area in the instrument panel above the center stack; a closed storage compartment under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer; and two-tier storage in the doors.

Terrain's seats were developed to provide outstanding comfort and the standard MultiFlex sliding rear seat can be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches (200 mm), providing increased passenger comfort or greater rear cargo capacity. The 60/40-split rear seatback offers additional configurations for passengers and cargo; and the rear cargo area offers 31.6 cubic feet (894 liters) of storage, as well as one of the Terrain's four auxiliary power outlets.

Confident and agile driving experience

Two new engines are offered on all Terrain models, each with fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology. Vehicle highlights include:

* New 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine estimated at 264 horsepower (197 kW), which delivers an estimated 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city (EPA certification pending).
* New 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine estimated at 182 horsepower (136 kW) that delivers an estimated 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city (EPA certification pending)
* Driving range of more than 500 miles (800 km) with both engines, for less-frequent fill-ups

The powertrains are mounted on a rigid, body-integral structure, with single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel. It is the foundation of a confident driving experience that is both smooth and responsive.

GM's first application of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology is used on 2.4L-equipped models. ANC uses microphones to detect booming sounds inside the vehicle and sends counteracting sound waves through the audio system's speakers, ensuring a quiet driving experience at almost all vehicle speeds.

The Terrain rides on a 112.5-inch (2,857 mm) wheelbase and features a four-wheel independent suspension system, with wide front and rear tracks that enhance the ride and handling. A family of 17-inch, 18-inch aluminum and 19-inch chrome-clad wheels is available.

Terrain's rack-mounted electric power steering system provides greater fuel efficiency on four-cylinder-equipped models, saving nearly 11 miles per tank of gas.

GMC Terrain will be produced at the CAMI assembly facility in Ingersoll, Ontario

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04-05-2009, 12:03 PM

04-05-2009, 12:10 PM
For comparison, this the the 2010 Equinox interior

Z0mg Seth
04-05-2009, 04:53 PM
No thanks. Outside is horrid. The only thing I like is the fact that is it IS polarizing.

04-05-2009, 06:38 PM
think I like this -- unarguably distinctive, imho interesting

the fender treatment, while style for style's sake, does Not impair functionality (like some brands/trends I could mention cough*4DoorCoupes*cough)

will have to see it OnTheStreets to judge

04-05-2009, 08:54 PM
I wish the interior was differentiated .. I thought GM swore off rebadges and Ford gets **** for Ford/Mercury sharing interiors ..

I am not a big fan .. but well there are many people that hate the Flex, and I love it.


04-05-2009, 09:14 PM
if people buy the glk, they will buy this. the interior borrows alot from the knox

04-05-2009, 11:21 PM
really ugly! and people complain about the Navs unibrow but at least thats just an option.

04-05-2009, 11:47 PM
wow! that thing is ugly. as much as i like the equinox i hate this block on wheels. the flex is a block with style, this is not.

falcon lover
04-06-2009, 10:22 AM
Polarizing...but not ugly. Is an interesting desing. The first all GMC truck, not shared with Chevrolet. The exterior is better than the interior. In fact, the Equinox's interior design is better than the GMC. But , who care about this car.....GM will be in bankcruptcy in 60 days!!!. Maybe, this truck never will be in the showrooms.

04-06-2009, 10:32 AM
Like someone said on GMI, it seems like they are Hummerizing this thing since they wont have Hummer for much longer.

The interior doesn't borrow from the knox, it is the same Japanese styled interior. Horrid doen't begin to describe it.

04-06-2009, 12:49 PM
I love the contemporary interior styling. The outside, I will have to see it in person to make judgment, but so far, there is a few things I do not like. The Fenders look massive; the front seems to mimic the Mariner, somewhat while retaining the brashy Denali style.
I think the Denali line is probably going to use this grill going forward.

We looked at the Toyota Vensa this weekend and I was disappointed to see Toyota was still using “insert radio here” type radios at this time and age. GM seems to have finally put that era behind them. We would never buy an import but it is good to look once in a while.

GMC will sell these. For some reason, GMC has a fairly affluent quiet clientele… I like the equinox from an exterior styling point. I am not going to make a final call until I see one in person.

GM designers have not been too shabby lately. I doubt this thing is hideous in person.

04-06-2009, 10:33 PM
I just found this video from GM about the Terrain.

Looks a bit better from the front and in-motion. However, I just got mad when they talked about the "three bar grille" being "bold". Hey people that's Ford's design language not GMC's.

It seems like there is quite a bit of copying of Ford's design language--I'm talking to you too Toyota Venza. I thought that's what the Chinese automakers were for?

04-06-2009, 10:53 PM
Like someone said on GMI, it seems like they are Hummerizing this thing since they wont have Hummer for much longer.

The interior doesn't borrow from the knox, it is the same Japanese styled interior. Horrid doen't begin to describe it.

actually, I'm all in favor of GM using 'Hummer' as a trim-option &or styling "spice" for GMC
I don't see the fenders as having much Hummer-ness...
...(don't mean to cause a ruckus but) the sides minus the fender treatment kind of say Lincoln to me :eek:
very upscale, slab-sided - think: Sentinel Suv

I really try to not judge interiors from pix
- do see commonality with the other
- won't know until in person if it 'goes' with the exterior, but so far seems ok to me

04-07-2009, 10:43 PM
I have yet to come to a conclusion on this vehicle.

In the media pix it doesn't look all that good, but in the live pix & in the vids. I've seen it actually looks pretty good.

There are a few things that make me dislike it.

The side fenders are just way too big & remind me too much of Hummers.

The Tail Lamps look like they came off a Toyota Sienna.

Headlights look like they came off the previous gen. Honda Pilot.

The Grille looks awfully similar to the F-150 Platinum's.

And the front bumper looks like it was meant for a Mercury.

To me it looks like they stole a bunch of other car makers designs & put 'em all together and the GMC Terrain was born.

Just my two cents.