At first glance, the camouflaged prototype looks like we are dealing with a new-gen model, but that’s not the truth at all. Instead, the heavy wrapping hides just an updated compact crossover. The reason why the 2021 GMC Terrain has been masquerading from the ground up lies in the fact that our sneaky eyes can recognize what’s cooking beneath if the camouflage isn’t as extensive as this one. This way, on the other hand, we can just guess what’s happening with the crossover SUV that has been spied testing inside GM’s Milford Proving Grounds.
Changes And Updates
As far as we see, the 2021 Terrain gets most of the changes at its ends, which is typical for a mid-cycle update, isn’t it? The SUV will definitely keep its profile untouched, irrespective of the fact that the carmaker tries to hide the crossover’s typical floating roof. The new model, however, gets more pronounced fenders and all-new alloys, while we also hope to see redesigned taillights and new rear bumper. Up front, the 2021 GMC Terrain will reportedly mirror the company’s latest Sierra pickup truck. Meaning, the fresh face will be matched by a pair of squared off headlights, while we expect a significantly larger grille, which will most probably be stolen from the larger Acadia SUV.
Even though most public expect some big changes inside, that’s not going to happen. It means that the compact crossover is going to keep its push-button shifter on the dashboard, as well as pretty much the identical dash. The automaker could reconsider to add updated infotainment and maybe even a bit larger screen, and that’s pretty much everything regarding the interior update.
The updated 2021 Terrain will keep the same options beneath the hood. The crossover will continue to use 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline options, as well as a 1.6-liter diesel. So far, the topping 2.0-liter unit pumps out 252 horsepower, but we think that the refreshed Terrain could get some extra power. It’s same for the oil-chugging option which is currently limited to 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engines will be hooked to a nine-speed ‘box, while the diesel stays limited to 6-speed auto only.
GMC will unveil the refreshed 2021 Terrain crossover early next year, so we should find out more about it in the coming months. Some reports claim that the company is reconsidering hybrid powertrain for the compact SUV, but we highly doubt this is going to happen anytime soon.
Either way, stay tuned for updates.