Next-Generation GMC Terrain Introduces Push-Button Shifter

Next-Generation GMC Terrain
The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes.

The manual transmission versus automatic transmission debate has been ongoing since the invention of the automatic. Fans of manual transmissions like the way they have more control over their vehicle, allowing them to get better gas mileage and get the most out of the performance of their car. This has lead to various automakers attempting to recreate the gear-shifting dynamic of a manual while creating more space and being more safe and convenient. The next-generation GMC Terrain seems to have solved this dilemma.

The new 2018 GMC Terrain will feature push-button gear shifters. Called the Electronic Precision Shifter, the system consists of three buttons and two switches located below the audio system. The new shifter is the only one available on the GMC Terrain, but it is offered on all three engine options – two gasoline and one diesel. GMC representatives are eager to see how the experimental shifter functions in the real world, rather than just on the test tracks.

The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes, according to IHS Markit senior analyst Stephanie Brinley.

At Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC, we are thrilled to see GMC taking the lead on this project!

Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain receive Top Safety Pick+ rating

Chevrolet Equinox Wrecks and IIHS calls it ‘Good’
Chevrolet Equinox Wrecks and IIHS calls it ‘Good’

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently wrecked a Chevrolet Equinox and really liked what happened.

14 mid-size utility vehicles were put through IIHS’s small-overlap frontal crash test.  Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain received the highest rating of ‘Good’.  (While the Chevrolet Equinox was the only vehicle tested, it and the Terrain share the same design features.)  For the 2014 models, the front structure and door-hinge pillars were modified.

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain received IIHS’s highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+.  The TOP SAFETY PICK+ award is given if a car receives:

  • Good (or Acceptable) rating in small overlap crash test
  • Good ratings in four other occupant protection tests
  • Basic or higher rating for front crash prevention.

Of the other tested models in the small overlap test, one received an ‘Acceptable’ rating and all others received ‘Marginal’ or ‘Poor’ ratings.  That’s a little scary to us.

GMC Terrain 2014 model
The GMC Terrain is the Equinox’s twin.

A frontal crash is the most common collision resulting in fatalities so the small-overlap test is designed to be difficult to pass.  It replicates what happens when the front driver’s side of a vehicle collides with another car or with a stationary object.  Like when your teenager hits a light pole in the mall parking lot or a tree jumps out in front of them.

IIHS’s front crash test is designed to avoid the crumple zone which typically absorbs the crash impact.  Since its not absorbed by the front end crumple zone, the energy from the crash reaches the passenger cabin, resulting in injuries to the occupants.

During the small-overlap test, the car travels at 40 mph toward a five foot tall barrier. 25% of the car’s width strikes the barrier on the driver side.  A dummy sits in for the driver to replicate an average size man.  Since passengers move both forward and sideways in a crash, some airbags and seatbelts find the test challenging.

Got 9 seconds? 
See what happens during a small-overlap crash test.

Got 120 seconds?
Hear from directly from IIHS why the Equinox and Terrain got the highest rating. Includes lots more crashing!

Needless to say, Gjovik Auto does not recommend anyone perform their own crash tests. We’re just happy to know that our customers will be safer should a traffic accident happen.

But the mall’s light pole may not fare as well.

Rumor Mill: GMC to Offer Smaller Cars

When you think of GMC vehicles, what springs to mind? Probably a truck, like the Sierra; or an SUV or crossover, like the Terrain. One thing GMC lacks is a choice of smaller vehicles, but all that could change soon. Recent rumors suggest that the truck brand is getting ready to move beyond offering larger vehicles by introducing a vehicle smaller than its current smallest Terrain. When the world—and the automaker—will be ready for GMC to offer smaller cars is up for debate.

Back in 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show, GMC introduced the Granite concept, a compact van-shaped car that would compete with the likes of the Honda Fit. Although this vehicle never made it past the concept stage, it was GMC’s way of showing that it can do more than just build trucks and SUVs. Perhaps now is the time to expand on that idea, and start offering a smaller car that will appeal to urban drivers looking for a car to drive around town.

We will keep our eyes peeled at upcoming auto shows for a sign than a smaller vehicle is coming to the GMC brand. Until then, you can see GMC’s famous trucks and family-friendly SUVs at Gjovik Auto, as well as smaller vehicles available from Chevy and Buick.

GMC to offer smaller cars
The Terrain is currently GMC’s smallest vehicle.

GMC Joins Madden NFL 25

Maddden NFL 25 GMC Terrain
All kinds of GMC vehicles, like the Terrain, will appear in Madden NFL 25.

As you’re probably aware, GM is famous for awarding NFL and MLB players who win MVP awards with their very own vehicles. Just last week, the American automaker awarded winning Home Run Derby hitter Yoenis Cespedes with his very own 2014 Chevy Silverado. And last year, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco received his very own C7 Corvette Stingray. Well, now this tradition is carrying over to the virtual world, with GMC vehicles being featured in the upcoming Madden NFL 25 video game.

In order to feature its vehicles in the Madden game, GMC signed a deal with its makers, EA Sports, to be the official vehicle of the popular game’s 25th edition. This means that you’ll be seeing such GMC giants as the Yukon, Terrain, and Arcadia making cameos while you’re thrashing the opposing team. And the MVP of the Madden NFL Super Bowl will receive a handsome black 2014 GMC Sierra Denali. GMC will also feature heavily in the game with plenty of commercials, banners, and imagery.

At Gjovik Auto, we’re expecting the Sierra Denali to join our already impressive lineup of 2014 Chevy, Buick, and GMC models any time now. Stop by and check them out, and we’ll make you feel like an MVP!