GMC has stepped up to the plate at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and scored one of the most impressive SUV makeovers. The 2018 Terrain rides on a new platform and sports a range of fuel-sipping four-cylinder engines. It also looks vastly more stylish than the outgoing model, which has been on sale for eight years and was long overdue for an update.
Then again, if you think being square is cool, then you’re going to hate the 2018 GMC Terrain crossover. That’s because the previous model was most notable for looking like the box it came in, thanks to some seriously straight lines and sharp exterior angles. It would have made an old Volvo 240 wagon fall in love, but that’s about it.
For the rest of us, the previous Terrain was seriously outclassed in the red-hot market for all things SUV and crossover. This new model arrives just in time, before GMC’s small crossover disappeared completely from car buyers’ shopping lists.
Gone are the upright lines and edges, and in their place is one of the more attractive designs you’re going to find here at the Detroit show. OK, we’d still take a Ford GT or Chevrolet Corvette Z06, but we’ll admit that this family-friendly GMC ute is a quite a looker. The chrome grille and LED-rimmed head and taillights give the 2018 Terrain a distinctive new look, one that stands out but doesn’t polarize opinion — a good thing, since GMC will want to sell a ton of ’em!