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2018 GMC Terrain: A Diesel-Powered Engine Is Coming Our Way Soon

By James Yu , Feb 21, 2017 11:17 AM EST
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It's official. The 2018 GMC Terrain will really offer a diesel powertrain. (Photo : TestDrivenTV/YouTube)

With growing demand in the U.S. auto market for diesel-powered vehicles, automakers strive to give the market what it wants. Few automakers have been successful in bringing diesel engines in North America and GMC is one of those automakers. Following the debut of the 2018 GMC Terrain, the automaker announced that the new model would also be receiving a diesel engine.

2018 GMC Terrain: The Upcoming Powertrains

GMC has already confirmed that the 2018 Terrain will be adding a diesel-powered engine in its powertrain lineup this year. According to report, the 2018 GMC Terrain will offer three new engines and they will all be turbocharged.

The first powertrain is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gas engine that is good for 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. This is followed by a 2.0-liter turbocharged configuration with 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The first two powertrains will be matted with a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

Here comes the sweet part for those that are in the market for diesel-powered vehicles. The 2018 GMC Terrain's third powertrain option will be a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel that can generate 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Accordingly, this powertrain will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that will transfer the power through a front wheel drive (FWD) configuration or an all-wheel drive (AWD) setting depending on which one you prefer.

2018 GMC Terrain: What Makes The Diesel Special?

Even though the oil prices are at an all-time low in the U.S., certainly you would want to take fewer trips to the gasoline station. That is where the diesel-powered engine for the 2018 GMC Terrain comes into the picture. Diesel-powered engines are very well known to deliver the kind of fuel efficiency that does not even require vehicles to by hybrids.

According to report, the 2018 GMC Terrain and its 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine can offer up to 40 miles per gallon fuel efficiency in the highway. Given this fact, we can expect it to offer more than 30 miles per gallon range in the city and combined.

2018 GMC Terrain: What Else Is There?

Clearly, there is more than the diesel engine to look forward to in the 2018 GMC Terrain. Starting from the cabin, you will find the 2018 GMC Terrain to be filled with tech such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the 2018 GMC Terrain also has built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can support seven devices at the same time. That is actually quite interesting considering the fact that the 2018 GMC Terrain is only a five-seater SUV.

The interior also features a seven-inch touchscreen for its infotainment that can be upgraded to an eight-inch model if you prefer something bigger. Lastly, the 2018 GMC Terrain has several packages for its safety features but the automaker has not yet revealed how it would be divided into different trims.

2018 GMC Terrain: Making Another Appearance

The 2018 GMC Terrain is scheduled to make another appearance at the 2017 Cleveland Auto Show that is schedule to kick off on Feb. 24, 2017. The event will last until March 5, 2017 and will be held at the I-X Center. If more information is to be revealed about the 2018 GMC Terrain, it will surely be announced during the 2017 Cleveland Auto Show, which means it would be the perfect opportunity to check it out.

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