NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Glistening under bright spotlights at the General Motors exhibit in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the black-on-black 2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall -- a monochromatic special edition of the hunky GMC compact-class crossover utility vehicle -- looks downright dressy, even elegant.
This fresh variation of best-seller Terrain -- it's boxy in a chisel-block design with a stepped power dome hood, dominant forward-thrusting front grille and oversized corner headlamp clusters with LED daytime running lights -- upgrades the CUV with a special appearance package and favored features.
Exterior add-ons encompass 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with gloss black spokes, a charcoal-tinged front grille with gloss black surround, gloss black front and rear fascia accents, a gloss black rear license plate surround trim, plus gloss black outside mirrors and black luggage rails on the roof.
The 2017 Terrain Nightfall Edition comes in trim designations of SLE-2 and SLT with four exterior color options: Onyx Black, Summit White, Graphite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Metallic.
Further, the available GMC IntelliLink technology kit adds OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
And high-tech electronic safety devices -- Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert -- show up on the list of options.
Stretching more than 15 feet long and six feet wide, the stocky Terrain 5-door wagon employs the monocoque structure of a front-wheel-drive (FWD) car and draws power from an economy-minded 4-cylinder Ecotec engine or a powerful 6-pack.
Terrain carries suspension components like a smooth-riding car. There are independent struts up front with tuned coil springs and direct-acting stabilizer bar and a 4-link design in back with coil springs and trailing arm, stabilizer bar and hydraulic link bushings.
Steering is a rack and pinion design with variable assistance. With the base 4-cylinder engine aboard, an electric power steering (EPS) system replaces the hydraulic apparatus used with the optional V6.
Brakes include a large disc at every wheel with linkage to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) plus StabiliTrak, GM's electronic vehicle skid control system.
GMC lists two sophisticated engines to power the 2017 Terrain, each featuring dual overhead cams (DOHC), electronic throttle control (ETC), direct injection (DI) technology and variable valve timing (VVT).
The 4-cylinder engine is GM's Ecotec 2.4-liter aluminum 4-in-line which develops 182 hp at 6700 rpm and 172 lb-ft of torque at 4900 rpm.
The upgrade 6-cylinder engine is a 3.6-liter aluminum V6 which makes 301 hp at 6500 rpm with 272 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm.
Transaxle is a fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6-speed electronically controlled automatic. The Hydra-Matic 6T45 mates with the 4-cylinder engine and the Hydra-Matic 6T70 applies to the V6.
Terrain also offers an all-wheel-drive (AWD) device that's always engaged and uses a computer to determine how much power to apply at each wheel for maintaining tire traction on slippery roads.
Plan for the 5-seat cabin sets a pair of bucket seats on the front row separated by a floor-mounted console.
The standard GM MultiFlex rear seat splits and folds and also slides fore and aft by nearly eight inches to vary passenger legroom or increase the aft bay's cargo capacity.
Cargo capacity extends to 63.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.
Cabin appointments aboard every 2017 Terrain include power controls for windows and door locks and exterior mirrors, air conditioning, a remote keyless entry device and rearview camera, power for the driver's seat, Bluetooth and a Color Touch audio system with AM/FM/XM/CD/USB.
Specific trim-grade additions include premium cloth seat fabric on SLE, Saddle Up leather seat upholstery available on SLT along with 8-way power controls for the front passenger's seat and a programmable power liftgate.