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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New electric pickup truck

GMC Hummer EV deliveries to start soon

Hummer EV deliveries will start in December.

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This year has turned out to be as difficult for automakers as 2020 was, if not much more so. The pandemic is still a major factor, and to make matters worse there's a global microchip shortage that heavily impacts automakers' ability to build tech-heavy vehicles. GMC has a big launch left to handle in 2021, and according to a recent call with journalists, it's proceeding as planned. On a recent call with reporters, GMC exec Duncan Aldred noted that Hummer EV pickup deliveries are on track to begin in December. He also elaborated on the truck's EPA range numbers.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The trucks will deliver up to 329 miles on a charge. GMC

The Hummer's EPA range lands at 329, not far from the 350 miles General Motors targeted for the vehicle. Those are the estimates for the limited Hummer Edition 1, which carries a six-figure price tag and gobs of bells and whistles. Aldred said that other models coming later on will offer longer range estimates when they hit the roads sometime in 2023.

A staggering 80 percent of reservations GMC has gathered so far are for the Edition 1 model. Almost half of the 125,000 people who have inquired about the Hummer EV have placed the refundable $100 deposit and the SUV's first year of production is completely sold out.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The Hummer EV's first year of production is sold out. GMC

When it hits the streets later this year, the Hummer EV will be just in time to face off against a growing crop of EV trucks and SUVs. Rivian recently began delivering the R1T electric pickup truck and will continue with the R1S SUV next year. The Ford F-150 Lightning is coming in 2022, and General Motors itself has a Cadillac EV rollout to handle in 2022. Chevy and GMC will show off electric versions of the Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks on January 5 and GMC will push the Hummer SUV EV in 2023.

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Updated compact SUV

2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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