The compact GMC Terrain crossover that debuted the second-generation version for the 2018 model year is out testing ahead of the introduction of the refreshed version. The model related to the Chevy Equinox which is also spotted testing in the refreshed form should hit the market as the 2021 version. The 2021 GMC Terrain should adopt the new styling theme front and rear according to the brand’s newest design language. The interior should also receive several updates including the new infotainment system and some texture changes.
The new Terrain is also expected to broaden the availability of active safety systems and the off-road-focused AT4 version could also appear. The power should again come from the turbocharged petrol engines while there are no signs that GM will return the turbodiesel unit discontinued for the current model year. Some reports suggest also a possible introduction of the performance version but it’s not yet clear what engine could be under the hood of this model if appears. GMC is still silent about the upgrades of the mid-updated Terrain.
2021 GMC Terrain: Design
Two GM’s compact model’s, the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox based on the D2XX platform alongside the Buick Envision will receive the mid-cycle update for the 2021 model year. Both models were spotted in the prototype form and should adopt the newest design language already seen in some models.
While the Chevy Equinox should receive styling updates inspired by the recently all-new Chevy Blazer, the prototype version of the 2021 GMC Terrain suggests changes influenced by the newest GMC Sierra and Acadia.
Like with every mid-cycle update, the majority of changes will be on the front and rear facias while the midsection should continue in the same form. The model is expected to get similar treatment as the bigger Acadia which, if it would be the case, will bring the new grille and headlight design upfront. A more dynamic and upright grille design inspired by that of the new-generation Sierra and Acadia models should also transform Terrain’s front-end to the more upright style. The headlights should look more modern and sportier thanks to the new shape and signature lighting.
The rear should also get a similar treatment with the new taillights and refreshed tailgate and bumper. The taillights will also use C-shaped elements.
The off-road-oriented AT4 version should also appear with the unique black grille and body cladding as well as the black trim accents on the rear section. This version will also come with the unique wheels and all-terrain tires.
The high-value Denali trim will also use signature grille style combined with more chrome and unique 19-inch wheels.
The refreshed Terrain should also come with some modifications inside the cabin but changes won’t be radical.
We should expect an updated infotainment system and interior shades. The model should also get upgraded safety systems with broader availability as well.
The base version should come with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Wi-Fi, cloth upholstery, active noise cancelation, etc. The SLE and SLT trims will add larger wheels, leather upholstery, larger touchscreen and more creature comfort features. The Denali will get attention with unique exterior and interior accents, premium upholstery, ventilated seats, etc.
2021 GMC Terrain: Powertrains
It hasn’t been revealed yet what GMC has in mind at the performance level for the refreshed 2021 GMC Terrain. The most probable scenario is the repeat of the current turbocharged petrol units. The reports suggest, however, a possible introduction of the high-performance version. The AT4 trim could also appear with the off-road chops.
A 1.6-liter turbodiesel won’t likely return after the discontinuation for the 2020 model year. A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol is expected in the same form combined with the 9-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes 170 hp and torque of 203 pound-feet.
A 2.0-liter LTG turbo-4 is also a likely candidate for the return. In the current version, this engine produces 252 hp and torque of 260 pound-feet. Some reports suggest the replacement of this engine with the new LSY turbo-4 unit.
2021 GMC Terrain: Release, Price
More details about the refreshed 2021 GMC Terrain should emerge later in the year while the on-sale date will be in 2020. The price should stay close to the current range.