When the 2013 Terrain goes on sale later this year, its optional 3.6L V-6 will make it the quickest, most powerful iteration yet of GMC's small SUV. After final testing, engineers confirm the new engine delivers 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.7 seconds.
"Straight-line acceleration to 60 in under seven seconds is a great proof point for the 2013 Terrain, but the benefit this engine upgrade has for drivers goes much deeper," said Essy Ipakchian, lead development engineer for the Terrain. "They'll notice improved passing power with fewer downshifts, as well as stronger towing performance."
The SAE-certified 301-horsepower, 3.6L engine uses technologies like direct injection and continuously variable valve timing to deliver power and torque gains accompanied by EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings that are equal to its predecessor -- 17/24 mpg for front-drive models and 16/23 mpg when paired with Terrain's all-wheel drive system.
Torque output is rated at 272 lb-ft, a gain of 22.5 percent. Towing capacity for the Terrain V-6 is rated at 3,500 pounds.
"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 V-6 the brand has ever produced, and our engineers deserve credit for achieving that without sacrificing fuel economy."
Terrain's 3.6L engine replaces the current 3.0L V-6 in the third quarter of 2012 with the arrival of 2013 models. It will be available as a standalone, $1,500 option on SLE-2, SLT-1, and SLT-2 models.
For the all-new 2013 Terrain Denali luxury small SUV, the V-6 will be a $1,750 option that also includes upgraded 19-inch chrome-clad wheels.
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