The 2016 Terrain has been released and probably everyone has expected a redesigned model, but GMC perhaps is waiting to impress us later. With minor changes, looks like is not the best option out there, but offering plenty of room, flexibility, and really nice performance, is a competitor to bear in mind.
GMC has been closely linked with Chevrolet, having so many similarities that a person who doesn’t know too much about cars, won’t notice the difference (mostly the differences are in grilles and nameplates). Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain could be called as siblings, but respecting the difference, because the only similarity between them is the GM’s Theta platform.
With an incredible uprising sales rates since 2009, has been the number-two selling vehicle from GMC, just behind the Sierra full-size pickup. This SUV came with an intention of delivering refinement, power, and efficiency desired.
Let’s confirm that.
Power, Efficiency and Drivetrain
The 2016 Terrain came together with two power sources, a 3.6 L V-6 engine capable of delivering up to 301 hp at 6500 RPM, launching you standstill to 60 mph in 6.7 sec (claimed by GMC as the fastest in his class), and the efficient 2.4 L l-4 WT engine with 182 hp at 6700 RPM and 172 lb-ft torque at 4900 RPM, equipped with Fuel-Saving Eco Mode.
Both involves a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, and StabilityTrank with traction control. All-wheel drive provides extra traction and adjust torque in any kind of road conditions. Independent suspension in all four-wheel offering smooth ride.
Design, Trims, and Line
With minor changes, including bold design updated and featuring new hood design, redesigned front and rear fascia, and new LED daytime running lamps and 3-bargrille design (one full chrome grille years before) are presented in the new 2016 Terrain.
Two models are available, the Terrain and Terrain Denali, whose only visible exterior changes are the grill and the wheels. A third model, called Chrome Edition, incorporates plenty of chrome trims as door handles, folding exterior mirrors and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Premium cloth is standard on SLE models and the new chrome-trimmed gear selector accentuates the interior of every model. Implementing the new trend of OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, features as heated front seats, while ambient lighting can be found.
The entertainment is provided by Color Touch Radio with IntelliLink, featuring standard option as Smartphone integration to allow hands-free calling, phone book access, standard rear-vision camera (as common in this generation), voice commands, Stream Pandora, Stitcher, Smart Radio with text message support and Navigation system with multiple map views, and integrated SiriusXM traffic and weather with a three-month trial.
Everything in the interior looks smooth and deliver a real sensation of comfort with a good combination of colors. The steering wheel has mounted controls and dial with voice commands, while the trunk has plenty of room with a capacity of 63.9 cu-ft of cargo space. Something to notice is that the Chrome Edition adds some features: Remote start and heated cloth seats for driver’s and front passenger’s seats, fully power-adjustable.
The Bottom Line for the 2016 Terrain
The Terrain 2016 incorporates two variants that grant an interesting drive experience. You have a performance above the competition or you can just choose the fuel-efficient 2.4 L engine. Fuse this with a great room space and really flexible, comfortable interior that brings you an SUV full-experience. Perhaps, GMC could’ve incorporated a new design to update to the new trends, but this flaw doesn’t affect the capabilities and total potential of this year’s model.
Starting at US$23.975, looks that the 2016 Terrain has a promising horizon in front of it.