No one will ever confuse the 2013 GMC Terrain with FIAT 500 Abarth, but here’s a bit of a shocker: thanks to its available next-gen V6 powerplant, the Terrain will be able to outsprint Fiat’s scorching scorpion. Engineers just took the former to the test track, and it ran from 0-60 in 6.7 seconds; the latter needs about 7.2 seconds to cover the same distance.
The Terrain’s acceleration enhancement comes courtesy of a new 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing, and it brings with it 301 hp and 272 lb.-ft. of torque. That reflects jumps of 37 hp and 50 lb.-ft. of torque over the crossover’s 2012 V6, but no sacrifice in fuel economy (as compared to the previous engine) is required. The Terrain will post EPA ratings of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway in its front-wheel-drive configuration and 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. (As an FYI, the Abarth is rated at 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway.)
Also, per Essy Ipakchian, the Terrain’s lead development engineer: “The benefit this engine upgrade has for drivers goes much deeper. They’ll notice improved passing power with fewer downshifts, as well as stronger towing performance.”
But they won’t notice any actual increase in max tow rating, which remains at a fairly robust 3,500 lbs.
The new engine will rollout this fall—along with the 2013 Terrain itself—as a $1,500 option on the vehicle’s upper trim levels. Naturally, it will be offered on the new 2013 GMC Terrain Denali, too, where it will be bundled with 19-inch chrome-clad wheels for $1,750.
“This new 2013 Terrain engine delivers the uncompromised performance our customers desire,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “It’s the most powerful V6 the brand has ever produced, and our engineers deserve credit for achieving that without sacrificing fuel economy.”