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TheCarConnection.com reports on the upcoming 2010 GMC Terrain in this advance Bottom Line assessment. TheCarConnection.com will provide more information on the Terrain as soon as we drive it, along with a Full Review that brings you highlights from other respected review sources.

Using a platform shared with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, the GMC Terrain is set to slot into GMC’s lineup as a little brother to the successful Acadia full-size crossover. That means a tidy exterior package with good room inside, and thoughtful features that maximize either cargo or passenger capacity. Front-wheel drive will be standard, four-wheel drive an option.

Despite similarities to the Chevy Equinox, the 2010 GMC Terrain stands on its own as a boldly styled, efficient, and high-featured small/mid-size crossover.

The Terrain is clearly cut from the same cloth as the Acadia, with "bold, muscular fender flares” in the manner of GMC’s design aesthetic.” GM calls it “angular yet refined.”

Perhaps the biggest news here, apart from a brand new platform that thankfully does away with the coarse old Chevrolet Equinox/Pontiac Torrent twins, is the arrival of a pair of clean-sheet, new-think powertrains. No pushrods or four-speed autos here; both Terrain engines feature gasoline direct-injection with variable-valve timing, and both are mated to six-speed automatics. An “ECO” button on the dash in the four-cylinder model lowers the torque converter lockup speed to 1,125 rpm for enhanced efficiency.

The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder is the first four for a GMC crossover or SUV since the 1980s, and it makes an estimated 182 hp. GM predicts best-in-segment EPA fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city, 30 highway. The available 3.0-liter V-6 is a downsized version of the Lambda crossover’s 3.6-liter; it’s estimated at 264 hp and 18/25.

Another surprising technical note is GM’s first application of ANC, or Active Noise Cancellation techniques, which are already used on some Honda models and other luxury-brand vehicles. It’s employed on 2.4-liter four-cylinder models and uses soundwaves emitted through the vehicle’s stereo system to quell a four’s inherent boom.

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