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2016 GMC Terrain First Look

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/31/2015 Stefan Ogbac

The refreshed 2016 GMC Terrain is making its debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The new Terrain gains some minor exterior tweaks and will continue to come in four trim levels, including the more upmarket Denali model. Powertrain choices are unchanged from the pre-face-lifted Terrain and include a 182-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 and a 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive remains available in all but the SL trim level. The available safety aids have been expanded throughout the Terrain lineup, with side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert now optional in the SLE and SLT models.

Although it's mechanically related to the Chevrolet Equinox — which has just been refreshed — the GMC Terrain is the more upscale crossover, especially in the chrome-clad Denali trim, which is available with interior and exterior appointments exclusive to that model. Denali models will continue to come equipped with dual-flow dampers as standard equipment. To further differentiate the Terrain from its sibling, GMC offers a programmable power liftgate with a memory function that allows owners to stop it at a certain height.

Exterior changes include chrome-accented grilles in the SLE, SLT, and Denali grades, LED daytime running lights on higher trim levels, a power dome hood design, and revised front and rear fascia with chrome accents. New 18- and 19-inch wheel designs have also been added, depending on the trim. Two additional exterior colors, White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red Tintcoat, are new for 2016.

The 2016 Terrain also gains a new instrument panel, a storage shelf in the center stack, and new upholstery choices, such as Saddle Up leather in the SLT grade and two-tone light titanium and black leather for the Denali. SL and SLE models make do with cloth upholstery standard. SLT-grade Terrains are now available with an eight-way power adjustable passenger seat, and a chrome-trimmed transmission shifter has been added to all models. GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system remains available and can be upgraded with 4G LTE connection for an extra cost after the three-month/3GB trial has ended.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the 2016 GMC Terrain, but the crossover will go on sale this fall.

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