The GMC brand’s midsize crossover will get a full redo for the 2017 model year, well-deserved after being on the market relatively unchanged for the past 10 years.
However, the Acadia went on a diet and worked out at the gym, as General Motors claimed a weight decrease of 700 lbs. To achieve this, the vehicle shrunk in size in every dimension and its structure is made from more high-strength steel, which means thinner – thus lighter – components.
The 2017 GMC Acadia will offer five-, six- and seven-seat interior layouts, while the current generation can accommodate up to eight passengers. Maximum cargo volume drops from 3,288 to 2,237 litres, relegating the Acadia from class-leading to midpack in terms of interior spaciousness.
Obviously, the latest in electronic safety driving aids will be baked in, including forward collision alert with autonomous braking, intelligent high beams, a Safety Alert Seat, a surround vision camera system, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring as well as front and rear park assist. The company’s OnStar 4G LTE on-board Wi-Fi will now be offered, too.
The weight savings allows GMC to drop in a new, base 2.5L four-cylinder engine. Its output hasn’t yet been announced, but should produce around 200 horsepower. A revised 3.6L V6 is available, this time producing 310 hp and allowing a tow rating of 4000 lbs. Both engines are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drivetrains.
The 2017 GMC Acadia will be on sale this spring, and will still offer a luxurious Denali variant alongside a new off-road focused, All Terrain version.