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2010 GMC Terrain crossover, FWD or AWD
Direct gasoline injection, variable timing and... bold looks

2010 GMC Terrain crossover: static front view.

New GMC Terrain gets gasoline direct injection technology.


24 Apr. 2009. Update: 25 Jun 09.

The name GMC Terrain is not new for some markets outside the USA, but the 2010 GMC Terrain which made its world debut at the 2009 New York International Auto Show (10-19 April) is a new story for these overseas markets.

Indeed, the new Canadian-made (at the CAMI assembly facility in Ingersoll, Ontario) 2010 GMC Terrain is classified in the USA as a five-passenger compact crossover SUV (brother of the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox), but with a generous wheelbase of 2857mm (in the midsize averages, at least in European standards), compared to the rather compact to lower-midsize body length of 4705mm.

Prices (US)

GMC announced on 25 June 2009 that the all-new Terrain will arrive in U.S. showrooms in September, at the starting price of $24,995 for the front-wheel drive model. The all-wheel drive model starts at $26,745. Both prices include a $745 destination and freight charge (DFC).

The base SLE1 model comes standard with GM’s new 2.4L direct-injection engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and the MultiFlex rear seat configuration.

The base price includes standard: integrated rear-view camera system, six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with USB connectivity and XM satellite radio service, six airbags, StabiliTrak vehicle stability control and OnStar.

The top-of-the-line SLT2 trim level features leather seating, a premium Pioneer sound system, a power liftgate, sunroof and a special chrome appearance package, starts at $29,995 (including DFC).

By comparison, the 2008 and 2009 GMC Terrain that was launched in some markets, such as the Middle East, was a significantly more compact crossover (More about the 2008 and 2009 Middle East GMC Terrain) based on the Opel Antara (made by GM Daewoo in South Korea) which corresponds to the Chevrolet Captiva.

Back to the new, 2010 Terrain crossover SUV, which goes on sale in late summer. It will be available, like most crossover SUVs, either with front-wheel-drive (FWD) or with all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

The front-wheel drive remains more economical in fuel consumption (see 2010 Terrain specifications), and most suitable for those who do not really need to leave the tarmac, or do not have slippery conditions such as freezing cold or often-wet conditions on winding roads.

2010 GMC Terrain crossover: static rear view.

Standard rear vision camera.

The new Terrain comes in a clearly bold styling, with interesting gasoline (petrol) direct injection engines and variable valve timing, in addition to six-speed automatic transmissions.

  2.4 litres

GM expects the new 2.4-litre, four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC engine (182 horsepower / 136 kW, pending SAE certification) to consume in the front-wheel drive 2010 Terrain (highway) 7.8 litre/100 km (equivalent to 12.75 km per litre, 30 US mpg or 36 UK mpg - see 2010 GMC Terrain specifications page for more details).

2010 GMC Terrain crossover: general inetrior view.

A standard MultiFlex sliding rear seat can be moved fore or aft.

The same engine with AWD system should get a highway consumption of 8.71 L/100 km (equivalent to 11.48 km per litre, 27 US mpg or 32.4 UK mpg).

In city driving, the 2.4-litre engine is expected to consume (FWD) 11.2 L/100 km, or the equivalent of 8.9 km per litre, 21 US mpg or 25.2 UK mpg. With AWD, it should get 11.76 L/100 km (equivalent to 8.5 km per litre, 20 US mpg or 24 UK mpg).

The driving range of the 2.4-litre engine with the 71.1-litre fuel tank (18.8 US gallons) goes from 911 km (566 miles) on highways to 604 km (375 miles) in city driving (estimates, as figures vary considerably depending on driving styles and conditions).

2010 GMC Terrain crossover: dashboard and console view.

Harmonious and dynamic design with available (standard or optional) Bluetooth phone capability, USB audio connectivity, MP3 playback, a 7'' touch-screen navigation system and a 40GB HD DVD-based rear-seat entertainment with two screens.

To help reduce fuel consumption, the 2.4-litre engine has an “ECO” mode that can be activated via a console-mounted button to lower the torque converter lockup speed to 1,125 rpm.

  3.0 litres

The larger, 3.0-litre, 24-valve DOHC direct injected V-6 engine delivers an estimated 264 horsepower (197 kW).

GM expects the 3.0-litre V6 engine to get (FWD) a highway fuel consumption (EPA certification pending) of 9.41 L/100 km (equivalent to 10.63 km per litre, 25 US mpg or 30 UK mpg). With the AWD system, highway fuel economy is expected to be around 9.8 L/100 km (equivalent to 10.2 km per litre, 24 US mpg or 28.8 UK mpg).

In city driving, the 3.0-litre engine is expected to return (FWD) 13.0 L/100 km, or the equivalent of 7.65 km per litre, 18 US mpg or 21.6 UK mpg. The AWD version should consume a city driving 13.84 L/100 km (equivalent to 7.23 km per litre, 17 US mpg or 20.4 UK mpg).

The driving range of the 3.0-litre engine with the 79.1-litre fuel tank (20.9 US gallons) goes from 841 km (522 miles) on highways to 608 km (378 miles) in city driving (estimates, as figures vary considerably according to driving styles and conditions).


The 2010 Terrain will be available in SLE and SLT trim levels, with standard or optional equipment (depending on trim and markets) to include a (standard) rear vision camera, programmable power rear liftgate, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, MultiFlex sliding rear seat, remote vehicle start, USB audio connectivity, MP3 playback, a seven-inch touch-screen navigation system and a 40-gigabyte hard drive DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system with two independent screens. In the US, the standard equipment list includes OnStar and XM Satellite Radio.


Safety equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control, six standard air bags (dual frontal air bags, head curtain side air bags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags) and (USA specifications) OnStar with one-year Safe and Sound service.


Like most other crossovers and SUVs, the 2010 Terrain offers a commanding view of the road. Its bold design and muscular fender flares express GMC’s aesthetics language.

2010 GMC Terrain crossover: airbags illustration.

Safety equipment includes six standard air bags.

Design features include a three-element grille that is accented by a prominent chrome surround and projector-beam headlamps mounted in large, rectangular housings with chrome accents.

Interior details include a floating-like centre stack, warm ambient lighting and ergonomic comfort. Storage space and compartments include a closed storage area in the instrument panel above the centre stack, a closed storage compartment under the centre armrest (can take a laptop) and two-tier storage in the doors.

To increase passengers comfort (or rear cargo capacity), the standard MultiFlex sliding rear seat can be moved fore or aft nearly 200 mm. The 60/40-split rear seatback allows to enlarge the rear cargo area from 31.6 cubic feet (894 litres) behind the rear seats, to 63.9 cubic feet / 1809 behind the front seats (with the rear seats folded down). The trunk / boot contains one of the Terrain’s four auxiliary power outlets.


GM says that its first application of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology is used on the 2.4-litre Terrain models to enhance quietness, using microphones to detect booming sounds inside the vehicle and send counteracting sound waves through the audio system’s speakers.

With the same 2.4-litre engine, the rack-mounted electric power steering (EPS) system contributes to better fuel efficiency on four-cylinder-equipped models, saving, according to GM, 17.7 kilometres per tank of gas.

The Terrain features a unitary body (steel) for better driving dynamics, with a four-wheel independent suspension system and wide front / rear tracks to enhance the ride and handling. A family of 17-inch, 18-inch aluminium and 19-inch chrome-clad wheels is available.


2009 Middle East GMC Terrain compact crossover SUV: front view.

2009 Middle East GMC Terrain compact crossover SUV: rear view.

GMC Terrain in the Middle East (MY 2008 and 2009).


 2008 / 2009  ME Terrain

The name GMC Terrain is not new for the Middle East market. The Terrain model name was launched there for the 2008 model year, in a more compact size, since it was closely based on the Opel Antara crossover SUV, the Korean-made (by GM Daewoo) model which is known under other names in different parts of the world, including the Chevrolet Captiva in Europe and the Middle East as well.

For a quick comparison, the new, 2010 GMC Terrain is a bigger crossover SUV, although it is still classified in the compact category. It gets a wheelbase of 2857mm (+139mm over the 2718mm wheelbase of the 2008 / 2009 Middle East GMC Terrain), with a body length of 4705mm (+133mm over the 4572mm of the 2008 / 2009 Middle East Terrain). Width comes at 1850mm (nearly equal to the Mid. East Terrain, at 1854mm), and height at 1684mm, which is 18mm lower than the pre-2010 ME Terrain (1702mm for the latter).

Hence, the arrival of the 2010 GMC Terrain will move the model slightly up in dimensions terms, still below the larger Acadia crossover. GM will still fill the more compact crossover SUV category with the Chevrolet Captiva, fitting also under the Chevrolet Traverse.

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