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.