2010 GMC Terrain adds small crossover to truck line

GMC’s all-new 2010 Terrain made its world debut at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The Terrain is a five-passenger crossover SUV that is based on the 2010 Chevy Equinox platform, and “blends bold styling with fuel efficiency and premium features,” although its looks leave much to be desired.

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 1125 rpm to help save fuel on models equipped with the 2.4L engine. Also available will be a 3.0L DOHC direct injected V6 engine. Both engines are mated to efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmissions and offer a refined, confident driving experience.

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.

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 2010 GMC 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, 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 of storage, as well as one of the Terrain’s four auxiliary power outlets.


Two new engines are offered on all Terrain models, each with fuel-saving direct injection and variable valve timing technology. Vehicle highlights include a new 3.0L DOHC direct injected V6 engine estimated at 264 hp, which delivers an estimated 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city, and a new 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I4 engine estimated at 182 hp that delivers an estimated 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city. Driving range of more than 500 miles with both engines.

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 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.

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