By on May 3, 2017

GMC Unveils Terrain and Terrain Denali

Not surprisingly, you’ll pay more for the redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain than its squared-off predecessor, but you’ll pay considerably more for the top-flight Denali variant.

Perhaps this isn’t surprising, as the luxury Denali trim is General Motors’ favorite way to squeeze profit give consumers what they want from GMC’s lineup.

A base front-wheel-wheel drive 2018 Terrain SL carries a pre-delivery MSRP of $25,970 — $1,900 more than its 2017 equivalent. Early production models will only come with a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Later, customers can opt for a turbo 1.5-liter making 170 hp or a 1.6-liter diesel four that offers 240 lb-ft of torque on top of its 137 hp. Both gasoline engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The diesel, which retains the six-speed, can be mated to front-or all-wheel-drive Terrains in mid-range SLE and SLT trim.

Customers will obviously have to wait for an entry-level Terrain when the upgraded model goes on sale this summer. Denali customers needn’t worry, as the 2.0-liter comes standard. However, those buyers can expect to pay a pricier premium to move up to the top of the trim ladder.

A front-drive 2018 Terrain Denali retails for $38,495 before its $975 delivery charge —a $4,220 increase over last year’s FWD Denali. Moving up to an all-wheel-drive model brings a MSRP of $40,245, or $3,295 above a comparable 2017 model. Of course, the two models aren’t equal.

For 2018, the Denali variant, having dropped the old model’s available V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, adopts standard 19-inch wheels, a host of driver’s aids, a 8.0-inch infotainment system with navigation, programmable power liftgate and GMC’s industry-exclusive rear seat warning system.

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19 Comments on “2018 GMC Terrain Gets a Price Bump; Denali Model Gets Even Denalier...”

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    “2018 Terrain Denali retails for $38,495 before its $975 delivery charge”

    Bumpers extra. Tax and title not included. See dealer for details.

  • avatar

    HAHAHAHA only a fool…..

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    How much for a model without the gear selector by PlaySkool?

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    I predict these will be super popular among the upper middle class mommy set.

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    rear quarter panels create blind spots and give this thing the look of a reject from a Lincoln design studio. in other words, yuck!

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      I have nothing against the floating roof look, but I don’t think it works well for GMC.

      • 0 avatar
        Sam Hall

        My prediction is that these will sell like hotcakes in China, because something about the styling just screams Asian to me. And yeah, while I kinda like the floating roof from a visual perspective, it just so fake-fakety-fake-fake, like “hardtops” with hidden b-pillars, or those silver-painted bumper inserts on CUVs that are made to resemble skidplates.

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    Who puts their money on this and then looks at it in their drive way thinking how proud they are of their purchase? Jeez, 20 years ago if a manufacturer threw something this awful on consumers it would bomb harder than the Aztec. The outgoing model was such a terrible engineering and design failure I expected them to let that nameplate die. I wonder if rolling down the rear windows still makes the car sound like it’s going to implode.

    • 0 avatar

      Something that sells 80-110k a year isn’t a failure.

      Mine’s 4 years old and has seen nothing but routine maintenance. It also offers best in class legroom, best in class ride quality, best in class wheelbase, and it doesn’t have that goddamn wedge of cheese, melted-V, rising belt-line ass-up look. The beltline is flat, the hood is visible when driving, the grille is upright, etc. Some people LIKE the truck-like styling and actively seek it out.

      The new Terrain discards everything we liked about the one we have so we won’t be looking at it.

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        What truck like styling? It’s blocky that doesn’t make it truck like. I couldn’t see out the damn thing myself the high sills made visibility horrible. Rolling down the rear windows made the interior sound like it was going to fall apart and just have a horrible noise. The rear seat does have very good room the front could use improvement the center console was very restrictive for me (long legs).

        It’s not hard to sell 100k when your selling a bland crossover at $24k.

      • 0 avatar

        Our Terrain is coming up on three years old now with 35,000 miles. Flawless also! It’s the wife’s car as she came from a junky 2012 Forester and likes the Hummer H3 look. Says she doesn’t want it to back off lease but did see brand new ones last December for $19K!

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        To each their own. I think the last gen looks like it’s made entirely out of Legos.

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