It’s no secret that GMC is working on the next generation of its compact crossover. The new Terrain is expected to bring novelties and improvements in many aspects but it looks like it won’t arrive all that soon. Most likely, it will hit the market as the 2025 model year, which indicates that the 2024 GMC Terrain will probably represent the final production year of the current generation. Logically, this indicates no bigger changes.
What we expect to see is a familiar design with familiar features, though minor novelties in terms of standard equipment are always possible. This SUV still has a couple of good things to offer, despite that most rivals are younger and more modern. We like this SUV because of its smooth ride, while the passenger space is pretty good for the class. Also, the infotainment system is pretty easy to use.
With no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2024 GMC Terrain will arrive sometime in the second half of the year.
2024 GMC Terrain Design
As we’ve just mentioned, this will probably be the last production year of the current generation. So, we don’t expect to see bigger changes in the model that has been around since 2017. We are about to see the same design, which still looks pretty attractive, with a bold and quite rugged appearance. Some sources speculate about the potential addition of new color options, but even these kinds of updates don’t seem particularly likely.
As for the ride quality, the suspension and chassis setups are done in such a way as to provide comfort over athleticism. The Terrain absorbs road imperfections pretty nicely. On the other hand, there’s a good portion of body lean in corners, so classmates like the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V feel like a much better choice if you’re looking for some dose of sportiness.
The cabin design is where this SUV shows its age. The dashboard looks a little bit old when compared to the competition. Moreover, even the materials aren’t particularly great. Most competitions feature better interior quality and offer more tech features. Still, we can’t say the Terrain is bad, as it comes with a good portion of tech and convenience features, including an infotainment system that’s pretty intuitive and easy to use.
What we really like about this crossover is the amount of passenger space it offers. The front seats are not just spacious but also offer good side support and a decent level of overall comfort. Furthermore, the second row is also pretty spacious for the class and accommodates adults with ease. When it comes to the cargo area, the Terrain isn’t among class leaders but it’s good enough. In numbers, that would be 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 63.3 cubic feet in total.
As we are talking about the final production year, we are pretty sure that bigger changes won’t happen. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see minor tweaks. In any case, the current model comes standard with goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an analog gauge cluster, single-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and push-button start. Among upgrades, you can find an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, a seven-speaker stereo and a 120-volt household-style power outlet, an 8-inch digital gauge cluster with an analog tachometer, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, ambient lighting and a sunroof.
As for safety features, things like a rearview camera, forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist and automatic high beams are standard, while there is also a good portion of available systems.
2024 GMC Terrain Engine
This is probably the weakest point of the current generation. Namely, the optional 2.0-liter turbo-four was discontinued a few years ago, so the 1.5-liter turbo-four is the only powertrain that comes with the current model. The 2024 GMC Terrain will be no different and it will continue with the same engine that puts out around 170 horsepower. That feels a little bit subpar for the segment, so most rivals offer better driving dynamics. Still, things are far from bad and average drivers should be satisfied with the performance.
The engine comes coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which does a decent job. Of course, base models are front-wheel drive, while an all-wheel-drive system is available. The average fuel economy goes up to 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the segment.
2024 GMC Terrain Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2024 GMC Terrain sometime in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around 31.000 dollars.