2021 GMC Terrain Mid-Cycle Update

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The new 2021 GMC Terrain is going through a mid-cycle update. The current edition arrived last year and the new version is already spotted. Test mules are wearing a heavy camo, but we can spot few changes on the compact crossover. Updates for the vehicle are minor and Terrain will mostly upgrade its infotainment systems. Cosmetic modifications will be important for enthusiasts. The weight will drop a bit thanks to the usage of lighter materials.

The 2021 GMC Terrain is a close sibling to the Chevy Trax. These models are also called twins. Well, fans of each company will have a choice to get a vehicle with trademark features. For the new Terrain, it is definitely the Denali version. The most expensive crossover adds over $12,000 in equipment.

Another reason why buyers are considering the Terrain is its diesel engine. A couple of turbocharged gasoline powertrains are base options. Every engine offers good performance. Whatsoever, the 2021 Terrain could also add a hybrid setup as well. It can improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

2021 GMC Terrain facelift

2021 GMC Terrain Changes, Spy Photos

The new vehicle is already on the streets. The company is testing the model, but they are not giving any info yet. It is obvious that mid-cycle refresh is updating the look of the 2021 GMC Terrain. However, neither do the heavy camo is leaving too much to see there. So, most predictions we make are based on rumors and the latest changes on other GMC models.

Styling language will be similar to the one we can find on the bigger Acadia. The vehicle is facelifted for 2020 season. Again, its grille and front fascia find inspiration in the truck section. GMC Sierra 1500 is all-new for this season. These modifications will be adapted to a smaller crossover to make it more aggressive.

Further changes for Acadia, which will be also suitable for 2021 Terrain include the infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Alloy wheels are getting a new design. We hope the compact model is getting the off-road AT4 model as well. In this case, more modifications will be on the crossover, including skid plates, higher ground clearance, and special all-terrain tires.

Five Trim Levels Available

The base 2021 GMC Terrain will be the SL. The entry-level model is using only the smallest displacement, a 1.5-l turbo-four. It is also available for the SLE and SLT trims. However, buyers will have a 2.0-liter unit as an optional powertrain. What’s more, the diesel unit is also offering these two trims. Finally, there is a top of the range version – Denali, which is already the premium model.

The entry-level is using LED DRLs and HID headlamps. Inside, we find a 7-inch touchscreen display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless start. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are updated for the new version. The SLE adds heated front buckets, a power liftgate, 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, and dual-zone climate control. 18-inch wheels and roof rails are a couple of things that will make the SLT model recognizable. Inside, leather seats and a larger 8-inch display are highlights.

2021 GMC Terrain release date

2021 GMC Terrain Denali, AT4

SLT is a heavy-loaded trim level, but it still lacks premium touches 2021 GMC Terrain Denali will offer to its owners. The unique design of 19-inch machined aluminum wheels is definitely an eye-catching feature. But, not the only one. Navigation and Bose audio are making this version a premium crossover.

AT4 is not as expensive as the Denali version. Instead, engineers and designers will focus on drivetrain and off-road skills. As its name suggests, the 4×4 drive is standard. The vehicle is going to be specialized for all types of terrains. Most updates will serve these goals.

Drivetrains

The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-four, capable to produce 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed is a new transmission and it provides smooth gear change and excellent fuel economy (28 mpg combined). The gearbox sends power to front wheels by default or all wheels at buyers’ choice. The same setup is available for a larger 2.0-l petrol unit. Turbocharged, it delivers 250 hp and 260 lb-ft.

Diesel engine sits at top of the lineup if you need the unit with the best fuel economy. It returns 40 mpg on the highway (FWD). On the other hand, diesel mill lacks power (140 hp) but offers a respectable torque output (240 lb-ft). A 1.6-liter displacement is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2021 GMC Terrain redesign

2021 GMC Terrain Prices

After the mid-cycle refresh, General Motors will update the price for the 2021 Terrain. The base MSRP will remain at the same level since the crossover is already more expensive than its direct rivals. However, upper trim levels with more options will get some value. All-wheel drive will cost $2,000 for models that don’t have it as the only option. The SLE will cost over $30k. A 2.0-l engine adds $2,000-$3,000. Diesel versions are SLE (expected around $35,000) and SLT (from $37,000). Top of the range Denali package with a 2.0 unit will come with the price tag above $40k.

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