Not surprisingly, you’ll pay more for the redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain than its squared-off predecessor, but you’ll pay considerably more for the top-flight Denali variant.
Perhaps this isn’t surprising, as the luxury Denali trim is General Motors’ favorite way to squeezeÂ profitÂ give consumers what they want from GMC’s lineup.
A base front-wheel-wheel drive 2018 Terrain SL carries a pre-delivery MSRP of $25,970Â â€” $1,900 more than its 2017 equivalent. Early production models will only come with a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Later, customers can opt for a turbo 1.5-liter making 170 hp or a 1.6-liter diesel four that offers 240 lb-ft of torque on top of its 137 hp. Both gasoline engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The diesel, which retains the six-speed, can be mated to front-or all-wheel-drive Terrains in mid-range SLE and SLT trim.
Customers will obviously have to wait for an entry-level Terrain when the upgraded model goes on sale this summer. Denali customers needn’t worry, as the 2.0-liter comes standard. However, those buyers can expect to pay a pricier premium to move up to the top of the trim ladder.
A front-drive 2018 Terrain Denali retails for $38,495 before its $975 delivery chargeÂ â€”a $4,220 increase over last year’s FWD Denali. Moving up to an all-wheel-drive model brings a MSRP of $40,245, or $3,295 above a comparable 2017 model. Of course, the two models aren’t equal.
For 2018, the Denali variant, having dropped the old model’s available V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, adopts standard 19-inch wheels, a host of driver’s aids, a 8.0-inch infotainment system with navigation, programmable power liftgate and GMC’s industry-exclusive rear seat warning system.
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