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2021 GMC Terrain Gets Early Facelift


Nov 4, 2019
2021 GMC Terrain

The current generation of the compact crossover has been around for just a couple of years but it’s already going to receive a major facelift in the next year. Reasons for such an early update are probably the fact that we are talking about the most competitive segment of the automotive industry. Also, the fact is that sales numbers aren’t as great as GM’s management would probably like to see. Therefore, the refreshed 2021 GMC Terrain seems natural. The testing model has already been spotted on the road, just like the corporal sibling Chevy Equinox.

While the Chevy is about to receive upgrades both inside and outside, it looks like GMC will focus on the exterior, while the cabin could come with minor upgrades only. We are about to see a new styling, but new features and additions to the list of standard equipment are possible as well. On the other side, the engine lineup should remain the same. The 2021 GMC Terrain release date will probably be scheduled for the first half of the next year.

2021 GMC Terrain Styling Updates

The 2021 GMC Terrain refresh will bring a nice amount of novelties and most of them refer to the exterior design. We are about to see significant visual novelties, judging on how massive the camouflage on the testing model is. Naturally, most of the changes will come to the front. We count on a similar approach to the Acadia’s update, which happened last year. This means a completely new face, inspired by GMC’s pickup trucks. In practice, this means more conventional headlights and a bolder and more massive grille.

2021 GMC Terrain

Of course, the revised bumper is about to come as well, with new air intakes and a couple of more details. The other end of the vehicle should receive a couple of novelties as well, although these changes shouldn’t be as massive as the ones at the front. Also, the 2021 GMC Terrain Denali will continue with distinctive styling, which includes a different grille pattern, unique wheels and several other details, including lots of chrome, which accentuates the model’s range-topping character.


Unlike the Equinox, the 2021 GMC Terrain update probably won’t bring more important interior changes. A couple of tweaks are possible, but the fact is that the current model features a pretty nice interior, one of the best-looking cabins in the segment. It is built most of the hi-quality materials, while the overall aesthetics are also pretty nice. We also like seats, which are pretty comfortable. The second-row bench is also pretty comfortable and offers a pretty decent amount of legroom.

On the other side, the cargo area is decent, but many rivals offer more. You can count on about 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats and more than 63 once you fold them down. A good thing about this crossover is that the passenger seat also folds down, which is highly beneficial for long items.


This is also an aspect where we can see some interesting updates. Still, we probably won’t see too many of them, as the current model is already offering a quite long list of standard equipment. For example, all models are available with things like a touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 6-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi hot spot etc.

2021 GMC Terrain Refresh

The 2020 model year also came with big updates in terms of safety features. All models now come standard with things like a rearview camera, forward automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, the following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, and automatic high-beam headlights. In higher trims, you can also get systems like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, a surround-view parking camera system etc. Some of these could become standard in the next year.

2021 GMC Terrain Engines

When it comes to engines, we don’t expect changes. The 2021 GMC Terrain will continue with familiar units in the offer. A turbodiesel is not available anymore. On the other side, gasoline units are the same. The base models will continue with a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 170 horsepower. This seems like a decent amount of power for daily ride. Still, an optional 2.0-liter turbo-four seems like a much better deal. It delivers around 250 horsepower and mpg ratings are just slightly lower compared to the smaller counterpart. With the base engine, you may count on about 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. On the other side, the bigger engine returns around 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2021 GMC Terrain update

2021 GMC Terrain Release Date and Price

When it comes to the 2021 GMC Terrain release date, we expect to see the new model in the first half of next year. The price should remain pretty much the same, which would mean around 25.000 dollars for base versions.

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