By the looks this latest prototype, it appears that a third variation of GM's revamped Theta platform has now begun testing. Using the process of elimination, this is most likely the GMC Terrain SUV, which will supplant the Pontiac Torrent. This new prototype wears new camouflage, completely distinct from earlier prototypes that have been identified as the 2010 Chevy Equinox and the new Cadillac BRX.
Our first photos of the new SUV were shot from a very long distance, but even so, some details are still visible through the camouflage. The grille shape visible through the front mesh looks to be a large, blocky opening, unlike the typical Chevrolet grille treatment partially visible on the Equinox prototypes. The side window design also differs greatly from the next Equinox. The headlight design stretches horizontally, as opposed to the Cadillac BRX's vertical headlight clusters.
GM already unveiled a GMC Terrain at the Kuwait Auto Show last year, but that model was nothing more than a GMC-badged Saturn Vue for overseas markets. It's clear from these first, long-distance shots that this U.S. market prototype will get unique sheetmetal to distinguish itself from its platform-sharing brethren. We expect GMC's new 'ute to bow sometime in 2009.--KGP Photography