After one decade, General Motors has finally decided to release the second generation of its lineup of mid-size crossover, which includes Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse. The Acadia, another best-selling crossover from General Motors will enter its second generation with upcoming 2017 GMC Acadia. Even though it has been on the market since 2006, a few might still be surprised on hearing that it is no longer a new band name. Ever since it was launched, it has been gaining a lot of popularity and fan following. The company expects to continue the same with its upcoming model of Acadia.
2017 GMC Acadia – Redesign
Acadia crossover is third on the list of popularity, as far as vehicles from GMC are concerned. Only Sierra pickup and Terrain SUV surpass its popularity. Over the years, it continues to have a strong sales result; over 80,000 units were sold by GMC in past year, and it is about to achieve results for 2015 model. However, but surely, the customers will realize the fact that this current generation is getting old. It is not a fresh model, even though a refresh was applied in 2013, which brought LED exterior lighting and upgraded technology. Moreover, it is also facing tougher competition, especially from the cars like Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.
The 2017 GMC Acadia will be using new large/mid-sized platform, C1XX ‘Chi’ platform. This platform might allow an extended wheelbase version along with standard wheelbase. However, this is not a certainty for Acadia model. Having said that, it is a certainty that a few inches will be shaved, as far as dimensions are concerned. Some weight reducing measures should also be incorporated as the current model weighs 5000 pounds approximately. It is also hoped that this new platform will result in better driving dynamics.
2017 GMC Acadia – Exterior and Interior Modifications
When it comes to the exterior of 2017 GMC Acadia, the familiar shape of fender flare and upright grille will be carried over along with rectilinear body containing three-row seating arrangement. Once the overall exterior is revealed, you should not expect any major surprises, as far as design is concerned. Despite this and familiar shape, this car is expected to provide a better firs impression.
On the other hand, unlike its exterior, it is mainly its interiors where major changes are introduced. Compressed center stack and taller center console are most noticeable changes in the cabin. Also, just like Yukon model, it will feature sculpted dash paneling. Technological features such as navigation and radio will mainly be controlled by IntelliLink touch screen from GMC.
Above HVAC controls, most of the hard buttons present in the current system will no longer be present. It is fair to say the cabin of 2017 GMC Acadia will be much more organized. The ignition switch is no longer present in the column while steering wheel also developed and updated, the switches shall move to 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock position.
2017 GMC Acadia – Under the Hood
This mid-size crossover will be coming with the new 3.6-liter engine with direct injection, sourcing from Cadillac. It will be replacing the present 3.6-liter unit, although with better power output. The power output of regular models running presently is 281 HP, while Denali trim level generates 288 HP.
However, the engine of 2017 GMC Acadia will be capable of generating over 300 HP. Also, with reduced curb weight, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine could make an appearance on mid-level and base models, especially the models offering front wheel drive system.
You can expect an 8-speed auto transmission to make an appearance, but current 6-speed automatic transmission might be continued on base trim levels. The 8-speed automatic unit could be specifically restricted to Denali and/or SLT, just like in Yukon. Although, if emissions regulations are met by GMC, 8-speed units could be placed on all models.
2017 GMC Acadia – Release Date, Price, and Competitors
The 2017 GMC Acadia faces main competition from vehicles including Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and others. The expected arrival time of this mid-sized crossover is the third quarter of 2016. As far as price is concerned, you can expect the price tag to be nearly the same as 2016 model, ranging from $32,000 to $55,000 can be expected.