I signed up to preview the new Google maps and received my invitation this morning. Most of the changes don't bother me, but I noticed Terrain view is gone. I use this quite a bit and I think others do too. If you like it, it might be good to voice your concern.
Oh no!!! I find google maps terrain is the best and most detailed and precise topographic maps you can find for all of BC!! Openstreetmap is good but google maps Terrain is still needed. Don't do this google maps!!!!!!!!!!
I've already sent them feedback on the matter, but it looks like it will continue within Maps Engine Lite at the very least. Go to "New Map" and then switch the Base Map to terrain (there's a drop down on the top left menu box).