• Apr 8, 2009
2010 GMC Terrain - Click above for high-res image gallery

The tagline for GMC's 2010 Terrain is "The CUV hs bn cndnsd," which they intend to mean it's all about smaller size yet bigger capability. The direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine returns 30 mpg, the MultiFlex sliding rear seats provide huge storage space or best-in-class leg room, and among the many storage spaces, the center console can swallow a laptop. It's also loaded with kit, including remote vehicle start, red ambient interior lighting, 7-inch touch-screen nav and a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system with two independent screens. And according to our reader poll, the styling is an 8 out of 10. Check out all the info in the press release after the jump and the high-res pics in the gallery below.




Photos copyright ©2009 Jonathon Ramsey / Weblogs, Inc.

PRESS RELEASE:

GMC EXPANDS ITS ENGINEERING EXPERTISE WITH THE EFFICIENT AND CAPABLE 2010 TERRAIN

* All-new, five-passenger crossover SUV delivers expected segment-best highway fuel economy of 30 mpg
* Comprehensive package of premium features, with an emphasis on vehicle safety and passenger comfort
* GMC's engineering excellence and innovation advances with direct injection technology, programmable power liftgate and standard rear vision camera

NEW YORK –GMC's all-new 2010 Terrain makes its world debut at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The Terrain is a five-passenger crossover SUV that blends bold styling with fuel efficiency and premium features.

"The new Terrain brings GMC's history of innovation and engineering excellence into a smaller, fuel-efficient package for today's buyer," said Susan Docherty, Buick-Pontiac-GMC vice president. "The capability attributes that make a vehicle a GMC are ingrained in Terrain, making it an appealing choice for existing traditional SUV customers who are looking for distinctive styling and increased efficiency."

A new, 2.4L four-cylinder engine that features direct injection is expected to deliver best-in-segment highway fuel economy of 30 mpg. Maximum fuel economy is achieved in part with an "ECO" mode that is activated via a console-mounted button. When engaged, it lowers the torque converter lockup speed to 1,125 rpm to help save fuel on models equipped with the 2.4L engine.

Also available will be a 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine delivering an estimated 264 horsepower (197 kW). Both engines are mated to efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmissions and offer a refined, confident driving experience.

"GMC is a strong, core brand for GM and the Terrain crossover SUV is the latest example of how we're adapting to changing market conditions," said Docherty. "As we first demonstrated with the Acadia crossover, GMC is committed to offering the capable vehicles customers seek, with the personal technologies they expect."

The 2010 Terrain goes on sale in late summer, with front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models offered in SLE and SLT trim levels. A comprehensive list of standard and available features includes purposeful technologies such as:

* Standard rear vision camera
* Programmable power rear liftgate
* Bluetooth hands-free phone capability
* MultiFlex sliding rear seat that increases passenger comfort or provides optimal cargo space
* Remote vehicle start
* USB audio connectivity; MP3 playback
* Seven-inch touch-screen navigation system and a 40-gigabyte hard drive
* DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system with two independent screens
* Standard OnStar and XM Satellite Radio

Segment-best safety is anticipated, with features that include four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control, as well as six standard air bags: dual frontal air bags; head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags. OnStar with one-year Safe and Sound service is also standard.

Bold styling

Terrain has a balanced, athletic stance and offers a commanding view of the road. Its design is characterized by bold, muscular fender flares, representing GMC's aesthetic. Surfacing is angular yet refined, with a strong and capable front-end appearance that features precise, squared-off edges.

"We wanted to carve the GMC Terrain away from the pack and establish its identity as a powerful, fresh crossover SUV with a confident and strong stance," said John Cafaro Jr., director of exterior design, Global Crossover Vehicles. "Everything about the Terrain communicates a sense of tailored toughness and passionate craftsmanship."

Additional design features include a unique, three-element grille that is accented by a prominent chrome surround and projector-beam headlamps mounted in large, rectangular housings with chrome accents.

Interior details and flexibility

The Terrain's rich, premium interior is influenced by industrial sculpture and exudes refinement exemplified by contrast stitching and fine materials that create a structured look throughout the cabin. A "floating" center stack, highlighted by warm ambient lighting, houses a multitude of ergonomic comfort and convenience controls.

The Terrain also features great attention to detail, with smart use of storage space and compartments that are suitable for a variety of items. They include an oversized glove box; a closed storage area in the instrument panel above the center stack; a closed storage compartment under the center armrest large enough for a laptop computer; and two-tier storage in the doors.

Terrain's seats were developed to provide outstanding comfort and the standard MultiFlex sliding rear seat can be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches (200 mm), providing increased passenger comfort or greater rear cargo capacity. The 60/40-split rear seatback offers additional configurations for passengers and cargo; and the rear cargo area offers 31.6 cubic feet (894 liters) of storage, as well as one of the Terrain's four auxiliary power outlets.

Confident and agile driving experience

Two new engines are offered on all Terrain models, each with fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology. Vehicle highlights include:

* New 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine estimated at 264 horsepower (197 kW), which delivers an estimated 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city (EPA certification pending).
* New 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine estimated at 182 horsepower (136 kW) that delivers an estimated 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city (EPA certification pending)
* Driving range of more than 500 miles (800 km) with both engines, for less-frequent fill-ups

The powertrains are mounted on a rigid, body-integral structure, with single-piece body side stampings and targeted applications of high-strength steel. It is the foundation of a confident driving experience that is both smooth and responsive.

GM's first application of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology is used on 2.4L-equipped models. ANC uses microphones to detect booming sounds inside the vehicle and sends counteracting sound waves through the audio system's speakers, ensuring a quiet driving experience at almost all vehicle speeds.

The Terrain rides on a 112.5-inch (2,857 mm) wheelbase and features a four-wheel independent suspension system, with wide front and rear tracks that enhance the ride and handling. A family of 17-inch, 18-inch aluminum and 19-inch chrome-clad wheels is available.

Terrain's rack-mounted electric power steering system provides greater fuel efficiency on four-cylinder-equipped models, saving nearly 11 miles per tank of gas.

GMC Terrain will be produced at the CAMI assembly facility in Ingersoll, Ontario.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      From the side and back it looks nice, but from the front it is down right ugly. Looks like the Aztec designers got a hold of this. They should have made the front look like the other GMC vehicles like the Envoy or Arcadia, noce and clean instead of Gaudy. Wife walked by, (who is in he market for a new SUV) and said"that is ugly, what is it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear sort of reminds me of a Toyota Sienna. Which isn't a vehicle that really shouts 'butch.'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow.....the crazy part is.....there somone blind enough out there to buy one of these......
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck. Its a duck. Back to reality everyone by the time you add all wheel drive and you find a stretch you can push the eco button in you'll be bragging about how the Suzuki is actually better. This is not magic ladies and gentlemen it is called rebadging.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh ... GM, you missed the ball on this one. You have some great products out there, such the GMC Acadia, Corvette, G8. But you swung and missed on this one ... what's with the square fender bulges? Please go over the the Jeep display and find out what a real SUV should look like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first I thought this was a GMC version of the Chevy HHR. Tall doors + rocker panels below the wheel hubs + trying very hard to look like a truck = failure. It's a less-angry kitchen appliance. Pontiac Aztek returns.

      • 5 Years Ago
      So that's where the Jeep/Dodge Patriot/Compass/Caliber designers went off to.

      It's about the size most SUVs should have been instead of going gigantic. Not bad though, as it least people feel like their in a macho machine even it it's shrunk a bit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What do you mean going gigantic? The first SUV was the Chevy Suburban, which hasn't grown in decades.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is exactly what I thought when I first saw the GMC Terrain. Now mind you, I do like the design of the Jeep Patriot/Compass & Caliber. But now when I see this on the road, I'll be thinking about the small SUV's from Chrysler; & probably mistake it for a Patriot/Compass from afar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's frightening to think that the yahoos who designed the Pontiac Aztek are still with GM, but after seeing this new Terrain, it's a pretty safe assumption. I don't even have to ask "What's wrong with GM" anymore...the 2010 Terrain is the answer. There isn't enough bailout money in the world to save this sorry company from self-destruction.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that picture of the accessory belt at the front of the engine just missing some things, or do those engines have both electric power steering pumps and electric water pumps?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's something about it that makes it look like a big Jeep Compass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yup, plus it looks more bruce than the new GC.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So AB thinks this is polarizing and possible the successor to the Aztek but they like the ZDX. Sounds like BS to me. This is a decent looking CUV and the interior is great. In fact, it doesn't look much cheaper than the ZDX interior.
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