With a sloping hood, rounded fenders and bumpers and a modern grill, the new version of the Terrain is a total departure from earlier models and is slightly smaller and lighter. The previous generation was introduced in 2009.
A lot of thought has gone into the new exterior design with even the smallest details being carefully refined to give the vehicle its overall appeal.
Terrain buyers will have a choice of four available trims – the SL, SLE, SLT, and a 19-inch wheel equipped Denali version.
The interior has been upgraded using premium materials that combine bold styling with first-class comfort.
The driver’s cockpit offers a console with easy to reach and easy to use controls with a suite of advanced safety technology with an 8-inch colour touchscreen and an interface with a variety of available safety features such as Surround Vision Camera and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. There isn’t a conventional shifter in this model. Instead there is an Electronic Precision Shift System that allows for easy touch gear selection and frees up more cargo space – even under the centre console.
For those that need some extra space to store or transport materials either on a regular basis or just for those weekend excursions, the rear seats fold down flat to provide extra storage especially for large or bulky items.
Under the hood, the Terrain comes equipped with a standard 1.5 L, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower.
There are available upgrades to a sportier 2.0 L turbo that pushes out a powerful 252 horsepower.
A standard Traction Select system allows the driver to choose how power is transferred to various road surfaces for optimum traction and control.
New for 2018, the Terrain will now be available with a 1.6 L turbo Diesel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Dedicated oil enthusiasts will love the 240 foot pounds of torque provided by the Diesel engine.
Once the new Terrain is on the market, many SUV drivers will find out that sometimes smaller, is better.