Back in the Soviet era, they called it Brutalism: architecture dedicated to regular, angular forms that put emotion--even windows--well down on the priority scale.
The GMC Terrain is about as brutalist as any new car gets. More boxy than a HUMMER, just shy of a Transformer, the Terrain just has no time for the niceties of a curved line or a softened profile. The stance isn't just upright--it's bolt upright. The fenders block off competing views like a linebacker's shoulders. Polarizing? Yep, as much as the old H2 was, and the Terrain doesn't seem to have suffered from inheriting that quasi-military design language.
Brutalism finds a new champion in the exceedingly boxy 2012 GMC Terrain.
While the Terrain's exterior is a little more distinctive and macho than the Chevrolet Equinox, along with most other compact crossovers, its instrument panel is much like that of the Chevy: a somewhat V-shaped center stack, housing audio and climate controls, and flanked by large vertically oriented vents, is the center point of the design, and otherwise details and trim look chunky, with the same cloudy metallic surfaces that are now used inside other GMC vehicles. A shroud over the display area are the top doubles as a shallow storage bin just as in the Equinox, but reddish mood lighting bathes footwells and other interior areas in the Terrain.