Making their first public appearance in New York, the 2016 GMC Terrain and its upline Terrain Denali sibling receive a mid-cycle updating that complements tastefully revised styling tweaks with broader availability of enhanced safety features. The lineup also has been simplified for 2016 and will consist of SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims.

Cranking up the curb appeal

Highlighting the exterior changes to the 2016 Terrain models are new front and rear fascia treatments framed by new C-shaped chrome elements intended to accentuate the wide stance of GMC's generously scaled compact SUV. All versions feature a new power dome hood and all but the SL get revised grille treatments with the Denali again boasting its own unique insert elements as well as a bounty of supplemental brightwork accents. LED running lights are standard on upline models and new alloy wheel designs - 18-inch on Terrains and 19-inch on the Denali - add more curbside appeal, as do two new premium exterior colors, White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red Tintcoat. 

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Inside, the 5-passenger Terrain and more richly-appointed, leather-lined Terrain Denali boast more appealing trim touches with premium cloth upholstery now standard on SL and SLE and a Saddle Up leather option on offer for the SLT along with the availability of an 8-way power front passenger seat that was previously a Denali-only item. All Terrains feature a redesigned center stack with fresher control graphics and a new storage shelf. 

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Powertrain choices carry over for 2016, with the 182-horse/2.4-liter 4-cylinder standard in all models and the 301-horse/3.6-liter V6 optional in all but the Terrain SL, both backed by a 6-speed automatic. While the SL remains front-drive only, all-wheel-drive is available on all other Terrain variants. On the safety front, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems that were Denali-only options in 2015 can now be fitted on SLE and SLT models. The 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali lineup arrives in showrooms this fall. Pricing will be released closer to the actual on-sale date. 

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