Of course, one look at the Terrain and the GMC trademark at the front grille of a big, square fender flares will tell you that this car I no pushover although it is designed for comfort as priority. The vehicle will start rolling out into showrooms in America starting September and costs US$24,995 and US$26,745 for the front wheel drive and all-wheel drive models respectively.

No wonder the vice-president of GMC North America, Buick-Pontiac-GMC, Susan Doherty is so upbeat with the launch saying that “The Terrain allows us to build on the evolution we started with the Acadia, applying the distinctive styling and capabilities that have always been a part of the GMC DNA to smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles that customers are seeking in today’s rapidly changing market. We think Terrain is a bold statement of GMC’s key role within the reinvented General Motors.”

The car comes with a keyless start system and entertainment is an on-board audio player with USB connection for MP3 players which are connected to the rear-seat entertainment system. The car is powered up through GM’s own proprietary Active Noise Cancellation Technology which applies subtle sound waves to countereact with road noise detected through its microphones. This gives you an enjoyable noise-less ride.

The 2.4 liter direct-injection engine powers up the SLE1 model which is the entry level and are supported through the 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox which comes with the standard accessories like the rear-view camera system and a 6 speaker audio system, 6 airbags, OnStar and the StabiliTrak vehicle stability control. On the other side of the spectrum is the SLT2 engine which comes with a top range Pioneer powered audio system with leather seats as well as a sunroof and the power Liftgate.