There aren’t too many diesel SUV offerings from domestic brands at the moment. Diesel’s are becoming more popular in smaller vehicles such as the half-ton trucks and compact trucks. No surprises it’s rolling down the line to the SUV’s. New for 2018 is the diesel-powered GMC Terrain. The second generation of the Terrain gets the all-new 1.6 liter turbocharged DOHC diesel engine.
- 1.6L Turbo Diesel DOHC
- Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission
- Available in Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD)
- 137 hp @ 3750 rpm
- 240 lb-ft torque @ 2000 rpm
- MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs
- Trailering capacity 1500lbs
There isn’t much difference at all in fuel economy between the front wheel drive (FWD) model and the all-wheel-drive diesel models (AWD). The GMC Terrain 1.6 L diesel FWD gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The AWD version gets an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. That is 10 miles per gallon more than the AWD 1.5 L turbo gas engined Terrain. The vehicle can run on B20 bio-diesel fuel.
The diesel Terrain is not available in all of the trim levels offered with the gas engine. It is currently available in the middle two trims which are the SLE and SLT. Both trim levels are available in FWD and AWD.
The SLE trim level included standard features such as heated front seats, power liftgate, power driver seat, dual-zone climate and remote start. Auto stop-start is also a fuel saving feature included. HID headlamps for brighter illumination, and active aero shutters. The shutters open and close to assist aerodynamics, which also aids in better fuel consumption.
The higher of the two trim levels has leather seats, a heated steering wheel, memory driver’s seat and exterior mirrors as well as a universal home remote. The SLT has an 8″ Infotainment screen as opposed to the 7″ in the SLE. A 6-way power passenger seat with lumbar is also standard. A Bose® sound system is available as an upgrade as well as HD radio. On the outside, the SLT has fog lamps, heated body-colored exterior mirrors and 18″ aluminum wheels with grey accents.
New on the redesigned Terrain is a button shift transmission. This allows for more space in the center console.
Other new features
- Fold flat front passenger seat allowing more cargo room and easier for load longer items.
- LEd signature lighting
- AppleCarPlay and AndroidAuto compatible
- Rear seat reminder monitor
- Driver alert packages are available as an optional extra. There are two packages. Driver Alert Package I includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Safety Alert Driver Seat. Driver Alet Package II (only on SLT as an optional extra) includes; Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam headlamps are also included in the package.
The turbo diesel Terrain is available in showrooms now starting at $34,335 MSRP for the SLE in AWD. The SLT diesel in AWD starts at $36,910 MSRP.
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