New SUV

GMC introduces first Terrain AT4, refreshes all existing Terrain models 2022

The GMC Terrain AT4 will make its debut for the 2022 model year.

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GMC is fulfilling its promise to expand the AT4 brand throughout the GMC lineup, just as it has done with the upmarket Denali grade. The 2022 GMC Terrain AT4 marks the final AT4 puzzle piece and joins a refreshed 2022 GMC Terrain Denali in the company's lineup.

The 2022 Terrain AT4 is the most off-road capable Terrain in the company's portfolio. That doesn't mean that it's rough and ready. Rather, it has a few design details that make is hardier than the others, including a steel skid plate.

2022 GMC Terrain AT4

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The AT4 and Denali are joined by the SLE and SLT in the company's lineup. All the models get a modernized front end complete with a redesigned front fascia and grille that are flanked by redesigned LED headlights and C-shaped taillights. GMC has added four color options for buyers to choose from and there are new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs.

AT4 and Denali grades get unique fascia. Terrain Denali has a fully chrome grille with lattice-work between the slats while the AT4's grille is gray and has thick slats.

Buyers can opt for the Elevation black-out appearance package on SLE and SLT models.

All models are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. A stronger engine could be introduced in the future.

2022 GMC Terrain Elevation

2022 GMC Terrain Elevation

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There is no official word yet on whether or not the car will be available with all-wheel drive though in all likelihood it will.The interior of the GMC Terrain gets its upholstery and accents changed out for the new model year. Other than that, appearance-wise not much has changed.

Standard wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa capability are now available and an 8-inch driver information center becomes standard on Denali SUVs.

GMC will sell a new Technology Package on SLT and AT4 grades. A head-up display is available on SLT and AT4 grades, and standard on Denali.

2022 GMC Terrain Denali

2022 GMC Terrain Denali

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The redesigned 2022 GMC Terrain SLE, SLT and AT4 will be available in summer 2021 and the 2022 GMC Terrain Denali will be available in fall 2021.

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Electric vehicle production

GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

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Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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Limited-edition pickup truck

Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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