At the New York Auto Show, the 2016 GMC Terrain rolls on stage with a fresh face and host of updates to keep it fresh for a few more years.
Both the 2016 Terrain and Terrain Denali receive a new front fascia and a flatter grille design to go along with a new “power dome” hood. Modern LED daytime running lamps are added too as are a revised rear fascia.
While its styling has been unique in the market, GMC cites it as the reason for its success which is notable at about 15% of the compact SUV market. And while it looks more masculine, GMC says its style is female buyer’s number one reason for buying.
So along with the new updates in styling, the 2016 GMC Terrain gets new wheel designs across the board in both 18 and 19-inch sizes.
Inside, buyers will find an updated instrument panel with redesigned center stack controls which now has a small storage area for your personal devices. Chrome trims are added in a few select places including the shifter. New cloth trims come for base models too.
Available is IntelliLink which can be had with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. It’s built-in Wi-Fi hotspot can accommodate internet connectivity for several devices within short range when the car is on. Nice.
Terrain also offers a power power liftgate, but this one is programmable to open to a predetermined height. This allows shorter drivers or those with lower garage heights to better use the feature every day.
Driver assistance features like Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available in addition to Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, all part of a comprehensive safety package.
The two-row Terrain seats five, with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive optional. Standard is a 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine which wins the Terrain its top EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway.
You can option a more powerful direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 which is also found in the Camaro and Cadillac models that has an impressive 301 horsepower. While less about its fuel economy, it allows the Terrain to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
While it’s not 100% new, GMC shows it intends to keep their 15% of the compact SUV market and then some. The 2016 GMC Terrain goes on sale later this year.