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The 2018 GMC Terrain brings design, diesel to Detroit

A new second-generation GMC Terrain arrives featuring a fresh design, a more refined interior and a trio of engine choices including two turbocharged gas engines and a diesel.

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Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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Available since the 2010 model year, more than 700,000 first-generation Terrains have found homes.

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The Terrain's overall shape has been tweaked in the wind tunnel with efficiency and cabin quietness in mind.

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The biggest news comes under the hood with three new engines choices including two turbocharged gas engines, and a diesel.

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Base Terrain models get a 1.5-liter, 170-horsepower turbo four-cylinder, while those looking for more ponies can opt for a 2.0-liter, 252-horspopower turbo four.

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Fans of low-end torque will like the 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 137 horsepower, but 240 pound-feet of twist.

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Both front- and all-wheel drive models will be offered, with AWD Terrains coming with a FWD mode that decouples of rear axle when conditions allow for improved fuel efficiency.

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For the cabin, refinement is up with aluminum trim, more soft-touch surfaces and more spacious center console with a new Electronic Precision Shift controller with buttons and triggers replacing the old-fashion transmission shifter.

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Depending on trim, the new Terrain will feature a 7- or 8-inch infotainment system with a standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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On Denali models, the cabin is spruced up further with unique trim, front seat piping, a heated steering wheel, navigation, Bose audio and hands-free liftgate.

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GMC has also expanded the Terrain's menu of safety features to include a 360-degree camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane keep assist, Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver feature to let parents keep an eye on a kid's driving habits and dole out punishment if necessary.

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The first-generation Terrain has been on sale since 2009, so this one is a little overdue.

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It'll go up against cars like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Jeep Cherokee.

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Gas engine options include a 2.0-liter I4 or a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4.

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If you want some torque, opt for the diesel I4 with 240 units of twist.

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The interior is... interesting. GMC replaced the shifter with a series of buttons on the center stack.

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The area a shifter would exist is filled by cup holders and a terrain mode switch.

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Like before, you can opt for the Denali trim, which ramps the fancy up to 11.

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Infotainment screens come in 7 or 8 inches, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for both.

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You can always opt for GM's 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot as well, if you desire extra connectivity.

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Keep on scrolling to check out more pictures of the 2018 GMC Terrain.

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