2012 GMC Terrain Changes Officially Announced in Columbia SC

GMC Terrain Navigation System

A seven-inch touchscreen will become standard equipment on the 2012 GMC Terrain.

Today, GMC announced the changes coming for the 2012 to the GMC Terrain, one of the most popular crossover SUV offerings in the Columbia, South Carolina area.  Terrain has been wildly popular since its arrival as a 2010 model thanks to its mix of premium features and compact, efficient packaging, and the 2012 GMC Terrain in Columbia SC will continue to expand on this successful formula.

The only change under the hood comes to the standard 2.4L, 182-horsepower Ecotec four-cylinder engine.  Capable of achieving an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon on gasoline, the engine now adds FlexFuel capability.  This allows Terrain to run on blends of gasoline and ethanol, up to a blend of 85% ethanol known as E85.  (For comparison, most gasoline today contains up to 10% ethanol with the aim of controlling emissions.)  By allowing Terrain to run on ethanol where it’s available, Columbia drivers can help reduce reliance on petroleum and potentially even save money should gas prices continue to climb.

On the exterior, new 18-inch chrome-clad wheels add a stylish touch to Terrain’s rugged styling.  Standard on top-shelf SLT-2 models and available on SLT-1 and SLE-2 models, these new wheels are bound to be a popular choice among Columbia’s drivers.  Two exterior colors, Cyber Gray Metallic and Merlot Jewel Metallic, will cease to be available in 2012; at this point, no new colors have been announced to add to the lineup.

Perhaps the most radical change for 2012 on the GMC Terrain is on the interior, where the standard audio system has been dropped for an all-new audio system featuring seven-inch touch screens across the board.  The popular USB port remains standard, and speed-compensated volume will ensure you’re able to hear every note as you roll down the highway.  This also provides an even better display for the standard rearview camera, which will now display on the touchscreen instead of on a display in the rearview mirror.  In addition, the comfort-grip vinyl steering wheel that comes on the entry-level SLE-1 model will receive audio controls for even easier command of the audio system.  (Previously, Columbia drivers had to move up to the SLE-2 model in order to receive it.)

Pricing has not been announced yet for the 2012 GMC Terrain, but that information will come out closer to the beginning of production on July 18.  The 2012 Terrain is available from Jim Hudson GMC, the #1 GMC dealer in the state of South Carolina.  Columbia drivers have trusted Jim Hudson for over 30 years to provide professional grade trucks and SUVs with a commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  In addition to being the top-selling GMC dealer in South Carolina, Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership ten years in a row and counting by readers of The State.  Jim Hudson GMC is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina, and can be reached toll-free at (888) 377-4971.  For more information, visit Jim Hudson’s GMC Terrain Columbia SC page on their website.

GMI: New Technologies Coming to 2012 GMC Terrain in Columbia SC

The 2011 GMC Terrain is available now at Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, SC.

Reports are coming from GM Inside News that the 2012 GMC Terrain will receive additional safety and connectivity technologies not available on the 2011 model.

The 2011 GMC Terrain has been wildly popular among Columbia drivers for its spacious interior, standard features including a rear vision camera and USB port for iPod connections, and an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon.  Reportedly joining the lineup is a brand new upgraded infotainment system, replacing the navigation system that debuted with the model (and the Buick LaCrosse) in 2010.  This upgraded system would offer enhanced smartphone and media player integration, including Pandora Internet Radio, hands-free voice commands, and a new touchscreen interface featuring a higher-resolution screen.

Additional safety features reported to be available in 2012 will only bolster the GMC Terrain’s reputation around Columbia as an exceptionally safe crossover SUV.  Lane Departure Warning will reportedly become available, using two cameras in the front that monitor highway markings when at speed.  If the Terrain were to veer out of the lane without a turn signal active, a beep and indicator on the instrument panel would warn the driver to take corrective action.  Blind spot detection uses sensors in the back bumper to help alert drivers to cars occupying places harder to detect when changing lanes, adding a flashing indicator in the side view mirror to add an additional point of data when drivers are deciding when it’s safe to move over.  Lastly, a collision avoidance system is rumored to be in the works, though GMI’s sources did not share specifics about that system.  Considering the GMC Terrain is already an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, these additional technologies will only make its safety reputation stronger.

These reports will be confirmed or denied once production of 2012 GMC Terrain models begins on July 18 at its plant in Ontario, Canada, and Columbia shoppers will be able to purchase them a few weeks later once they complete their 868-mile trip.  The 2012 GMC Terrain will be available from Jim Hudson GMC, the #1 GMC dealer in the state of South Carolina with nearly 30 years of experience providing exceptional customer service to GMC truck and SUV owners statewide.  Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership an unmatched ten years in a row and counting by readers of The State, which only serves to underscore its commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  Jim Hudson GMC is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina, and can be reached at (803) 783-0110.  For more information, visit their Columbia SC GMC Terrain website.

2011 GMC Terrain Trailering Ratings Delight Columbia SC Drivers

GMC Terrain Tow Rating

Properly equipped, the 2011 GMC Terrain can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Ever since its arrival for 2010, the GMC Terrain has been a wildly popular choice for South Carolina drivers looking for the room and capability of a mid-size five-passenger SUV in a smarter, more efficient package.  While Columbia drivers flock to Terrain for a number of reasons including its impressive EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon, others pick Terrain for its capabilities when towing a trailer.

Equipped with the standard 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, Terrain is capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.  Featuring direct injection and variable valve timing, this Ecotec engine is designed to maximize fuel economy without sacrificing power.  While direct-injection engines have historically had the drawback of extra engine noise, Terrain features active noise cancellation using the factory audio system to counteract the additional noise to provide a quiet ride all through the highways of South Carolina.

Also available is a powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine making 264 horsepower and 222 pound-feet of torque.  Featuring the same direct injection and variable valve timing technologies found in the four-cylinder engine, V6-powered Terrain models are capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.  In addition, the V6 engine is a flex fuel engine capable of running on blends of gasoline and ethanol up to E85, allowing Terrain to handle more sustainable fuels than pure gasoline in the future.  The V6 engine is available on SLE-2, SLT-1, and SLT-2 models in your choice of front- and all-wheel drive, and also offers an upgraded alternator and battery for added assurance on the road.

In addition, hooking up a trailer to the 2011 GMC Terrain is easier than ever with optional factory-installed trailering equipment (option code V92), which includes a class II 1-1/4″ receiver hitch and a four-wire connection.  Available on SLE-2 and all SLT models with either engine, it greatly simplifies getting Terrain ready to tow and ensures that all the components will be backed by GMC’s 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. (Whichever comes first.)  Terrain also offers additional attractive features to make trailering easy, including a standard rearview camera to make backing up to hook everything up even easier, while available touchscreen navigation makes getting to your destination a simple process whether you enter the directions manually or by using OnStar service (standard for six months) to download directions from Google Maps, Mapquest, or an OnStar Advisor available at the press of the blue button on your rearview mirror.

GMC Terrain Dealers in South Carolina

When looking at the 2011 GMC Terrain, it’s important to seek out a professional grade GMC dealer to match your new professional grade Terrain.  Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, South Carolina was the number one GMC dealership in the state for sales in 2010, and continues to be a leading GMC dealership in South Carolina.  Because Jim Hudson sells so many GMC trucks, vans, and SUVs, it is able to maintain a great selection of GMC Terrain crossover SUVs even in the face of high nationwide demand.  Jim Hudson GMC is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached by phone at (803) 783-0110.  Interested Columbia shoppers can jump directly to Columbia SC GMC Terrain inventory on Jim Hudson’s website.

GMC Terrain for sale in South Carolina

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GMC Terrain MPG Benefits from High-End Audio Technology

Active Noise Cancellation on the GMC Terrain in Columbia, SC

The 2011 GMC Terrain uses sophisticated active noise cancellation to produce quiet driving around Columbia's roads while offering an EPA-estimated 32 highway MPG. (GM Media)

If you’ve ever tried out a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, you know that their sophisticated technology can have an exceptional effect on background noise.  The same technology found inside those headphones is now helping owners of the 2011 GMC Terrain save on gas.

Active noise cancellation does double duty on the GMC Terrain. The technology enables the crossover to deliver a segment-leading EPA-rated 32 mpg (when equipped with the standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine) in highway driving while ensconcing the driver in one of the quietest interiors in its segment. On the highway, Terrain easily tops the 28-mpg rating of Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

“The use of active noise cancellation for fuel economy benefit on Terrain is among the first at GM,” said Paul Beaker, program engineering manager for GMC Terrain. “It has strong potential for implementation on other four-cylinder vehicle programs.”

When GM engineers set out to deliver segment-leading fuel economy on Terrain they chose to lower the 6-speed transmission’s gear shift points to enable the Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder engine to run at lower rpm torque. In this “Eco” mode, which the driver can activate with a click of a button on the console, the torque converter clutch engages at lower engine speeds to help save gas. While the engineering action improved fuel efficiency by up to one mpg, it also created an low-end frequency boom that drew objections while testing. To counteract that boom the engineers turned to active noise cancellation technology.

Terrain’s noise cancellation system relies on two microphones embedded in the headliner of the vehicle to detect the hum and prompt an onboard frequency generator to create counteracting sound waves through the audio system’s speakers and sub-woofer, either on the standard six-speaker audio system or the available Pioneer 8-speaker system.  The system also reduces higher rpm engine noise at highway cruising speeds to help keep the vehicle interior quiet.

“Terrain measured quieter than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 in our on-road interior noise tests,” said Jim Vallance, noise, vibration and harshness development engineer. “At 70 miles per hour, Terrain’s interior is quiet enough to allow conversation in normal tones of voice.”

GMC Terrain uses multiple fuel-saving tricks

The use of direct injection and variable valve timing also help maximize Terrain’s fuel efficiency. In a direct injection engine, fuel is fed straight to the engine’s combustion chamber, allowing it to burn more evenly and thoroughly. For the driver, that can translate to better mileage and greater power to the wheels.  Variable valve timing eliminates the compromise inherent in conventional fixed valve timing and allows a previously unattainable mix of low-rpm torque – even torque delivery over a broad range of engine speeds – and free-breathing, high-rpm horsepower.

“Terrain doesn’t trade efficiency for performance; its direct-injected engine delivers power on demand for a confident driving experience,” Beaker said. “And variable valve timing allows the engine to take advantage of late intake valve closing for greater efficiency.”

In addition, Terrain uses electric power steering, which does not require engine power to operate like traditional hydraulic power steering and draws electric power only as needed, which improves efficiency and extends component life. Electric power steering systems are relatively compact, help lower vehicle weight, and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 3.5 percent.

GM engineers also worked closely with tire suppliers to develop low-rolling resistance tires, which typically require less effort to roll forward and minimize wasted energy. Terrain’s tires – unlike other tires designed for fuel economy – was designed to provide good grip on snow and wet pavement while improving fuel economy by more than 1 mpg.

Program engineers improved Terrain’s highway fuel economy up to one mpg by reducing aerodynamic drag through the refinement of the front air dam, rocker panel, roof line, outside rear view mirrors and front bumper. By working on clay models in GM’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel, the engineers were able to reduce its wind noise to ensure quiet driving.

“Aerodynamic refinement happens by the millimeter. There is a tremendous amount of science behind it and we have decades of knowledge to draw upon,” said Justin D’Souza, GM aerodynamic performance engineer. “You can take an outside rear view mirror that worked well on one vehicle, put it on a different vehicle and get a completely different result. The end result has to work well aerodynamically and be true to the vehicle design.”

Engineers also minimized the Terrain’s curb weight by using lightweight aluminum chassis components and noise reduction materials that weigh less than traditional materials.

“Whether we’re lowering gear shift points, reducing wind drag or eliminating engine-driven power steering pumps, it takes laser-like focus on every detail to deliver segment leading fuel economy to our customers,” said Dave Poniatowski, product marketing manager for Terrain, which recently earned “Best Buy” recommendations from both Consumer Guide and Consumer Digest.

32-MPG GMC Terrain for sale in Columbia at Jim Hudson GMC

Jim Hudson GMC has carried the GMC Terrain since its launch in 2009, and offers a great selection from entry-level models (which still come exceptionally well-equipped with keyless entry, rearview camera, and a USB port audio input as standard equipment) to models loaded with available features including heated leather seats, power rear liftgate, touchscreen navigation, dual-screen rear entertainment, and the optional V6 engine that allows drivers to tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.  For more information on the GMC Terrain, visit Jim Hudson GMC’s GMC Terrain Columbia SC page on their website.


2011 GMC Terrain For Sale in Columbia, South Carolina from Jim Hudson GMC

The 2011 GMC Terrain is available now at Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, SC.

Jim Hudson GMC, which has served Columbia, South Carolina for nearly 30 years, is proud to announce that the 2011 GMC Terrain is available for sale in Columbia.

Terrain carries over much of its features, entering its second year with nearly as much demand as it did when it first arrived to Columbia as an all-new model for 2010.  Two new colors are available on the Terrain, Steel Blue Metallic and Olympic White, while the available 264-horsepower V6 engine is now a Flex Fuel engine capable of running on blends of up to 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.

GMC designers built exceptional versatility into the GMC Terrain, including the ability to travel nearly 600 miles on a tank of gas.  The standard 182-horsepower 2.4L Ecotec engine delivers responsive performance and an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon, allowing drivers to travel from Columbia to West Palm Beach, Florida, without filling up.  This exceptional efficiency on the highway bests even the Ford Escape Hybrid, even while starting thousands less.

Terrain offers Columbia drivers smart, purposeful technologies, including a standard rear view camera that displays in the rearview mirror (or on the navigation display of models so equipped) to provide added assurance while backing up.  Terrain also comes standard with a USB port, allowing drivers to control their iPod through the available Pioneer 8-speaker premium sound system.  Terrain also offers available features that were once exclusively the domain of larger vehicles, including a dual-screen rear entertainment system, touchscreen navigation system with a 40 GB hard drive for storing maps and music, power sunroof, ultrasonic rear parking assist, 19-inch chrome clad aluminum wheels, heated front seats, and a power programmable liftgate that can be set to only open partially for ease of closing or to avoid any low-hanging parking structures.

Standard safety options abound on the GMC Terrain in Columbia, SC, including six airbags, standard StabiliTrak stability control with traction control, anti-lock brakes, LATCH system for child safety seats, tire pressure monitoring, and the safety on OnStar with Automatic Crash Response.  In the event that your Terrain is involved in an accident where the airbags deploy, OnStar will be notified automatically and will attempt to make contact with you in addition to notifying emergency services of your exact location using onboard GPS technology.

Pricing for the 2011 GMC Terrain starts with an MSRP of $24,995 before taxes, fees, and any optional equipment.  2011 GMC Terrain crossover SUVs are available now from Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, South Carolina.  Jim Hudson, the oldest GMC dealer in Columbia, SC, has been serving GMC customers since 1982, when it joined a budding Oldsmobile franchise at their original location of 7201 Garners Ferry Road.  A ten-time winner of The State’s Readers’ Choice poll, Jim Hudson prides itself on a commitment to complete customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale.  Jim Hudson is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached by phone at (803) 783-0110.