General Motors has decided to reinvent its large crossover SUV lineup and the first one on the table is the 2017 GMC Acadia. What has apparently been announced for this model are numerous changes which start with a thinner chassis which is actually much stronger than the previous one and actually enables the car to drop a total of 700 pounds of weight. Additionally, a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is going to be used and it is going to be offered as a standard and base option as well.
There are also going to be some rearrangements with the seating packages that are going to be offered. So you will still be able to haul seven people in your Acadia but the 8-paaseenger configuration has been dropped and will no longer be available for this model. You can also chose the 5 and 6 seater packages that can still be utilized with the 2017 model.
What the people at GMC say about the car is that it holds a better position and is more balanced between the Terrain and Yukon models. Now it comes with better driving dynamics and has better maneuverability, and since it is much lighter than before it has much better fuel economy rates as well. This is all good for the car and is going to be appreciated but there is a sacrifice as they are going to lower the interior spacing for the car as interior volume is going to be decreased.
The original GMC Acadia has been on the market from 2007, and since then has remained more or less intact. The only change was a minor facelift which was done in 2013as a mid-cycle refresh, but it still kept the Acadia as one of the more sold vehicles in the period then. All in all, the car is getting a fresh new start with this model which is only going to do good for the brand and is going to help it pass the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse in sales without any doubt. You can read everything about the updated right here in the review.
2017 GMC Acadia exterior news and changes
Basically how the designers decided to make the exterior was to start from scratch. It actually resulted in a much better and attractive setup. The lines are sharper, there is a sloped windshield added and also the squared-off wheel wells are there as well. The car does not look overweight now which was the case with the previous design as it has changed dimensions as well, 7.2 inches shorter, 3.5 inches narrower and 3.9 inches shorter in height to be exact.
The Acadia will also have different trims added to its design and with the already standard SLE, SLT, and Denali there is also the All Terrain which is new for this year. Of course all of them will have different aspects to them and are going to include something which will make them different compared to each other. The new trim is going to be something new for the Acadia as this is not the first time GMC has introduced its all terrain trim but it is something that has been done for the first time on this particular model.
The All Terrain Acadia is going to have a three-bar grille with a body-color surround, unique wheels and tires, and a black chrome trim. The Denali version is going to use the same standard cheese grader grille emblazoned with chrome, six-spoke wheels which are also unique for this trim and chrome accents on handles and the lower rear fascia. Actually all trims get the same wheel options available which include 17-, 18-, and 20-inch design.
The interior of the 2017 GMC Acadia matches the exterior in every way, at least in the update sense of the word. The dashboard is brand new and it debuts a completely new shape which has never before been seen on an Acadia. The steering wheel design is the same though, as well as the inclusion of dual-zone climate controls and the eight-inch IntelliLink infotainment screen. There is also the digitally produced analog speedometer which is completed by a analog tachometer and also the fuel gauge and the coolant temperature indicator.
The seat configuration is different as well, particularly the second row which has changed. You can actually chose between a three-person bench seat or a two captains chairs. The third row comes as optional and can seat only two people. The seats are completely slidable and can offer room and can be changed any way you desire them to be. Additionally, there is some 79 cubic feet of cargo space added in the back as well.
Besides the latest version of the IntelliLink , there are many other upgrades available for the car. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot makes the connectivity versatile and available for the car giving you more options when it comes to having fun inside the car. There is a backup camera and an abundance of features which enhance safety and make the car much better for the kids to drive in as well.
2017 GMC Acadia engine performance
The 2017 GMC Acadia is going to have some great options engine-wise. One of them being the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which makes 194 horsepower and is considered to be an underpowered options if we consider that it powers a 4,600-pound crossover. Some estimations say that this engine variant has an EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway, but no official stats have been released yet. But Acadia fans will be pleased to know that there is also a 3.6-liter V-6 engine which has an output of 310 horsepower, up from 288 and an EPA rate of 25 mpg on the highway. Both engines are paired with the GM’s six-speed automatic transmission.
Price and release date
The price for the 2017 GMC Acadia starts at $29,995, while the Acadia Denali has a base MSRP of $47,845, while the top of the range ones go beyond $50,000. The release date for the car is scheduled in mid-2017.