• Nov 28, 2007
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Ever wonder what a rebadged version of the Saturn Vue, which is already a rebadged version of the Euro-only Opel Antara, would look like? Wonder no more, as GMC unveiled just such a vehicle earlier this month at the Dubai Motor Show called the Terrain. Since we missed that show (next year it's Dubai or bust, baby!), we had to wait until the Terrain showed up at the Kuwait International Automobile Exhibition 2007 this week for GMC to release an official image of the vehicle. The Terrain is GMC's first compact CUV ever and will be sold at least in the Middle East; we've not heard any plans about possible exporting it to additional markets.

Truth be told, the Terrain is pretty handsome. We find that the simple cues of GMC's design language look good when applied to a blank canvas like this little CUV or the brand's Lambda-based CUV, the Acadia. While we know the Terrain is earmarked for the Middle East, we're curious to learn whether or not it's also being considered for sale in the U.S. With three different versions of the larger Lambda CUV on sale in the U.S., what would be the harm in giving the Saturn VUE an identical twin?

[Source: GM via egmcartech]

PRESS RELEASE:

Kuwaiti Premiere For The All-New GMC Terrain At The Kuwait Automobile Exhibition

GMC Terrain has all the credentials of a highly versatile Compact SUV and will be displayed on the MS&RY Behbehani stand

Kuwait City, Kuwait - GMC's mantra of "Professional Grade" takes on a whole new meaning with the arrival of GMC's first Compact SUV, the stylish Terrain. Having made its world debut earlier this month at the Dubai Motor Show, the all-new Terrain now makes its first appearance at the Kuwait International Automobile Exhibition 2007 (November 28th to December 4th).

A whole new wave of thinking has gone into creating the exciting new Terrain, which joins the SUV range with state-of-the-art engineering and high levels of quality, safety and comfort as its core DNA. It is the smallest member of the GMC family, but the professional grade philosophy is at the core of the newest model to make its entry in the region. This technologically sophisticated compact SUV, which will enter the Middle East market this year, is proficient for everyday use and equally capable of being used as a leisure vehicle.

At 4,575mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,704mm high, the GMC Terrain has all the credentials of a highly versatile Compact SUV, offering an ideal combination of practicality, performance and all the comfort of a lifestyle sedan. The Terrain features generous interior space, compact dimensions, high levels of functionality, a raised seat position and innovative transport features such as "Flex-Fix".

GMC's Terrain combines dynamic, elegant design with an All Wheel Drive system that combines the benefits of front-wheel drive, such as stability control when accelerating and increased driving dynamics, with those of permanent four-wheel drive. The electronically-controlled electro-hydraulic differential ensures optimal torque distribution between the front and rear axles in all situations. The drivetrain is fully integrated with ABS and ESP systems, enhancing vehicle control and active safety.

Other standard functions include Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), Active Rollover Protection (ARP) and, unusually for the Compact segment, Descent Control System (DCS).

The new Terrain is available in SLE and SLT trims with two distinct powerplants. Furthermore, the Terrain's appeal is enlivened by an eye-catching palette of colours such as Galaxy white; Granada black mica; Poseidon blue; Kadinsky red mica; Sandrift grey metallic; Dark denim grey mica; Oak green mica and Poly silver metallic.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Dude, you can't compare the BMW X3 with the Vue. The Vue is significantly more affordable, significantly more reliable, and significantly cheaper to maintain. Sure the mileage and safety are the same but the Vue won't get you nearly the number of approving nods from the neighbors as the BMW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it is amazing, reading the past comments, that by changing the badge on one SUV, it appears to look infinitely better. i guess that is just a testament to the power of certain brands' design language.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Vue looks awesome as it is, but this makes it even better, I don't know why.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only difference between the GMC and the Opel/Vauxhall/Saturn/Holden/Daewoo is the grille and slightly different hood, right? 'Cuz it certainly makes a world of difference (not that the rest of the family was bad looking or anything).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Based on the picture, also looks like 2-tone seats on the Terrain which are not currently available on the Vue.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hood is the same as the Vue. Grille and headlights are different based on the GMC Terrain pictured above and the Saturn Vue pictured here: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-saturn-vue/241486/full/
        No notable differences otherwise based solely on the two pictures.

        I actually prefer the projector beam headlights on the Terrain and it shouldn't be difficult to simply order the Terrain headlights from GM Parts once a part number is identified (assuming at some point I decide to purchase a Vue and want to swap headlights). I'm a little surprised that Saturn didn't end up using these headlights on their Vue Red Line as it would have better fit the character of the vehicle: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-saturn-vue-red-line-1/408108/full/
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the GMC brand design language makes this big a difference maybe GM should reconsider dumping a couple brands and replacing them with GMC branded products.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wonder if it's a bloated pig like the Vue? Certainly looks better than that disproportioned mess Saturn is peddling.
      • 5 Years Ago
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      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Considering GM doesn't offer enough small CUV's, selling a GMC version of the Saturn Vue in North America makes sense. Honda is doubling production of the best selling CR-V. The Equinox and Torrent border midsize and are entry level. GM should offer a short wheelbase 5 passenger Lambda. The Acadia, Enclave and Outlook are popular, but GM needs a premium 5 seat CUV. Giving GM more models in the growing CUV segment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saturn Vue = BMW X3 lmao
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah sure, BMW X3 lmao - $40k for what?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I thought it was a whole new vehicle.

      That GMC logo doesn't even look remotely out of place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would be a good vehicle to introduce in the US once GM figures out that Saturn is a dead brand. Should happen about the same time the Envoy/Trailblazer/9-7 is killed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ummmmm..........
        1. Saturn is doing better now than IT ever has and will NOT be going anywhere, anytime soon.

        2. The models you mentioned are already long dead (envoy), in their last year (trailblazer), or on their way out (9-7). Try to keep up.

        Although this Opel / Saturn / GMC ute might be a good replacement for the Saab.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Comparing a Vue to a BMW? Is that a joke?

      But just to entertain this idiotic comparison, a X3, in a totally different class, packing BMW safety and comfort features (And handling, BMW quality, BMW materials, not the cheap fisher price junk GM uses), a far superior I6 and 25% more cargo room weighs in at 4012lbs.

      What does GM's econobox cute (ugly) ute weigh? Try 300lbs more. I would have missed that too since I was laughing so hard at the comparison.

      btw, a Murano weighs in at 3983lbs. It's also got 35% more cargo space.

      http://www.edmunds.com/apps/nvc/edmunds/VehicleComparison?styleid=100872241&styleid=100953897&styleid=100812305&maxvehicles=5&refid=&op=3&tab=specs

      Now, try comparing it to the actual competition like the CRV (3500lbs), RAV4 (3655lbs), Escape (3464lbs), NISSAN ROGUE (3426 lbs) and yes, the Vue is a fat, bloated pig.

      It also has the worst mileage by far compared to those vehicles and cargo capacity (These are CUV's after all) STILL lags way behind all of them aside from the Nissan.

      http://www.edmunds.com/apps/nvc/edmunds/VehicleComparison?styleid=100872241&styleid=100808884&styleid=100777083&styleid=100726654&styleid=100944560&maxvehicles=5&refid=&op=3&tab=specs

      Saturn = Vue lol.
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