GMC’s compact SUV gets nominal changes but fresh look for 2016

The GMC Terrain, the step-up compact SUV offering from General Motors, was unveiled ahead of this year’s New York auto show with a host of new features and a refreshed design.

While not much has changed under the metal, there have been many subtle changes to the brand’s second best-selling vehicle. Up front, there is a new grille, hood and LED daytime running lights. Out back, the rear fascia has been updated.

2016-gmc-terrain rear view

SLE and SLT trims not only receive Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as available options, but also chrome-accented grille designs. There are also new, 18-inch wheel designs offered for non-Denali models, with new 19-inch designs specific to the Denali trim.

2016 GMC Terrain Interior

Inside, changes are more subtle. There’s a revised instrument panel stack with new storage shelf and control graphics. On the SL and SLE models, there is premium cloth seat fabric while there is a new Saddle Up leather offering available on SLT models. On the Denali model, there is a new Light Titanium/Jet Black interior combo.

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2016 GMC Terrain interior

Terrain engine for 2016

A 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is standard with an optional 3.6-liter V-6 offering delivering 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque.

While the list of updates to the 2016 GMC Terrain are nominal at best, it gives the compact SUV a fresh look with fresh features that will likely keep it as GMC’s number-two model.

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Anthony Alaniz
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