GMC has released official images and details of their upcoming 2010 Terrain crossover vehicle which will debut at the New York Auto Show later this week.

GMC has released official images and details of their upcoming 2010 Terrain crossover vehicle which will debut at the New York Auto Show later this week.

Essentially a GMC version of the Chevrolet Equinox, the new Terrain features unique styling which should provoke love it or hate it reactions. According to designer John Cafaro Jr, "We wanted to carve the GMC Terrain away from the pack and establish its identity as a powerful, fresh crossover SUV with a confident and strong stance." Among the more interesting design features are a three bar grille with Denali-like mesh trim, massive fender flares, distinctive projector-beam headlamps, and plenty of chrome accents.

While the exterior is unique to GMC, the interior borrows heavily from the Equinox as only minor trim and upholstery changes set the two apart. This isn't exactly bad news as the Terrain comes standard with a MultiFlex sliding rear seat which can be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches (200 mm) to maximize rear seat legroom or cargo capacity. The list of standard equipment is extensive and includes a rear-view camera, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, and GM's first application of Active Noise Cancellation technology. Featured on Terrain models outfitted with the 2.4-liter Ecotec engine, the Active Noise Cancellation system uses microphones to detect unwanted sounds inside the vehicle and then sends counteracting sound waves through the audio system's speakers to cancel them out. Among the options available on the new crossover are a power rear liftgate, a seven-inch touch-screen navigation system with a 40-gigabyte hard drive, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system that features two independent screens.

Like the Equinox, power is provided by two new engines which feature fuel-saving technologies such as direct injection and variable valve timing. The base 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine produces 182 horsepower (136 kW) and returns an estimated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Models equipped with this engine will come with a "ECO" mode which is activated via a button on the center console, when the button is pressed it lowers the torque converter lockup speed to 1,125 rpm to maximize fuel economy. A 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 engine with 264 horsepower (197 kW) will also be available, it is expected to return an estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the 2.4-liter Ecotec returns 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway while the 3.0-liter V6 returns 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Although GMC failed to provide pricing information on the new model, the recent announcement that the Equinox will start at $23,185 seems to suggest that the Terrain should cost about $25,000 when it goes on sale this summer.

 

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