The GMC Terrain crossover, which has been a solid addition to the pickup truck and SUV brand, promises to get even better with the new IntelliLink connectivity feature.
GMC's IntelliLink will first appear on the 2012 Terrain, which is due at dealers in late 2011. The feature enhances the CUV's Bluetooth and USB functionality to allow driver or passenger smart phone control through voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. If your smart phone can stream music through Pandora or Stitcher SmartRadio, your favorite tunes can also be heard through the Terrain's sound system.
The Terrain's seven-inch touch-screen display radio gathers the information and displays it to the user. An improved voice-recognition function is also touted. According to GMC, the key driving force behind IntelliLink was the desire to keep driver hands where they belong--on the steering wheel.
"About 70 percent of all new car buyers want some form of connectivity," said Micky Bly, executive director leading GM's infotainment engineering efforts, citing GM research. "Whether it's because they want to listen to their favorite music or hear movie times on the way to the theater, today's car buyer expects so much more out of their time in a car."
And IntelliLink isn't limited to smart phones either. Bluetooth-enabled cell phones can hook up with the Terrain, along with normal USB sticks and Apple iPods, Microsoft Zunes, and other portable audio players.