Set to hit the market later this year, the 2013 GMC Terrain will offer a new 3.6L V6 engine that generates 301 horsepower and allows 0-100km/h accelerations in 6.7 seconds, making it the fastest and most powerful Terrain yet.
Fuel consumption ratings are similar to the outgoing model's – 12.4/8.1 L/100km in FWD configuration and 13.2/8.4 L/100km in AWD configuration. Meanwhile, towing capacity for the V6-powered Terrain is rated at 3,500 pounds.
''This new 2013 Terrain engine delivers the uncompromised performance our customers desire,'' said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. ''It’s the most powerful V6 the brand has ever produced, and our engineers deserve credit for achieving that without sacrificing fuel economy.''
The new V6 will be available as a standalone option of $1,725 on SLE-2, SLT-1, and SLT-2 models. It will require a premium of $2,025 with the top-of-the-line Terrain Denali, which also includes upgraded 19'' chrome-clad wheels.
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