The new 2017 GMC Terrain is once again promising to be the real-deal its class thanks to well-though out features, technologies, and capabilities that it offers. Furthermore, it comes with a powerful V6 engine, a spacious and adjustable backseat, a comfortable highway ride, and a whisper-quiet interior at speed. The GMC Terrain 2017 release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017, according to multiple sources undertaking a covert operation inside GMC.
Once production for the new 2017 GMC Terrain begins, it will mark the eighth year since the brand’s first entry in the market. Despite the steady growth of the segment in terms of girth and sales, the Terrain has continued to soldier on every consecutive year, getting redesigns and changes here and there in order to remain competitive in this hotly contested arena.
Although it’s starting to show its age, the 2017 GMC Terrain interior and exterior redesigns are conspicuous. Appealing qualities such as a comfortable ride and a serene cabin further its likable nature. Again, it comes with tons of technologies that will go a long way in helping you manage you children by distracting/entertaining them especially in long trips.
The familiar 2.4L four-cylinder engine returns again for the new model year. It is rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pounds-feet of torque. There’s also the boffo V6 engine that offers a power of 301 horsepower. When adequately equipped, GMC says the Terrain should be able to achieve a maximum towing capacity of around 3,500 pounds.
Sadly, there’re some compromises that have to be made. The GMC Terrain suffers from an underpowered four-cylinder engine despite it offering a competitive power of 182 horsepower. It is also slow to respond when you drive the pedal to the metal floor. The fuel economy ratings are poor and are nothing to write home about.
There’re a couple of newer vehicles in the segment that are better than the Terrain in many ways. They include the 2017 Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape 2017, and the Jeep Cherokee. Your choice, of course, depends on your priorities. Even in the face of such young, energetic, and better equipped rivals, the new 2017 GMC Terrain is still a good choice for those looking for V6 power and ride comfort.
2017 GMC Terrain Review of Trims
Five trims are available for the 2017 GMC Terrain: SLE-2, SL, SLE-1, Denali, and SLT. Exterior GMC Terrain colors: Summit White, Quicksilver Metallic, Onyx Black, Ebony Twilight Metallic, White Frost Tricoat, Iridium Metallic, and Crimson Red Tintcoat. Changes can be expected on its release date.
2017 GMC Terrain Interior & Exterior Redesigns
Some of the standard accessories available on the Terrain SL trim model include a folding, reclining, and sliding rear seats, a USB port, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, a power height-adjustable driver seat, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a rear privacy glass, Bluetooth connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, and a six-speaker sound system.
Upscale features to expect on the top-of-the-line models include a perforated leather upholstery, remote engine start, eighteen-inch wheels, heated front seats, lane-departure warning, ambient interior lighting, an eight-way power passenger seat, forward collision warning, a blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts, comfort-oriented suspension set-up, nineteen-inch wheels, and exterior/interior trim.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 4.5 in. (112.5 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 5.5 in. (185.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0.8 in. (72.8 in.)
Passenger volume: 103 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 63.9 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3792 lbs.
Top Speed: 118 mph
0-60: 6.3 sec
MPG: 22/32 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Onyx Black, Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs
2017 GMC Terrain Engine Specs
Beneath the hood of the 2017 GMC Terrain is a 182-horsepower – generating 2.4L four-cylinder engine. Also, GMC offers a 3.6L V6 engine that comes as an option for the SLT, SLE-2, and the range-topping Terrain Denali and cranks out a stonking 301 horsepower. Default systems include the FWD and the six-speed automatic transmission system. All trims can be had with an AWD, albeit as an option.
When it comes to the fuel economy ratings, the EPA says we should expect the AWD versions to check in at 16/23/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 22/32/26 mpg for the FWDs with four-cylinders.
Towing capacity is decently rated at 3,500 pounds for a fully-equipped Terrain with a V6 and 1, 500 pounds with the four-cylinders.
2017 GMC Terrain Price & Release Date
Rumors have it that the Terrain is set to go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017 with a price starting from $23,975.