2017 GMC Acadia — Detroit Debut: New Features & Size

By | 01/19/2016

The 2017 GMC Acadia just debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Even on a venue as busy as the latter, the new generation of the popular SUV managed to steal the spotlight. The 2017 Acadia comes with some rather interesting and surprising new features. To start with, the new model switched categories – instead of being a full-size SUV, the new model will, thanks to its scaled-down dimensions, now belong to the mid-size SUV class. It will also come with the standard five-passenger seating, instead of the seven-person accommodation. Though one might conclude from this that the new 2017 GMC Acadia will be no good at all, they should first take a look at other changes. Starting from the obvious, the new SUV will come with a much more refined exterior. Also, the interior was upgraded and improved, and now offers more gadgets, safety features and improved comfort. As for the powertrain, the 2017 GMC Acadia will come with a few tricks up its sleeves. All in all, there are little to none reasons for the new generation of the Acadia not to be as successful as its predecessor, who recorded its best sales last year.

2017 GMC Acadia Redesign

Basic Changes & Exterior Update

The 2017 GMC Acadia will now ride on a new platform. The new underpinning reduced the model’s weight by 700 pounds. However, the new platform isn’t the only thing that contributed to this success. The new model was also shrunk. The 2017 Acadia is 7.2 inches shorter, 3.9 inches lower and 3.5 inches narrower than its current counterpart, with the new dimensions at 193.6 inches length, 68.7” height and 75.4 inches width. Also, the new model will come with a standard five-seat configuration, though the manufacturer said a seven-seat setup will be available as optional. However, despite the dimension cut, the new 2017 GMC Acadia should be quite comfortable, at least for five passengers. The new SUV will also come with such seating configuration that, when the seats are folded, it will actually offer decent cargo space of 79 cubic feet.

As for the exterior design, the new 2017 GMC Acadia now come with a more sophisticated look. The new model is more modern and assertive, but it did keep some of its current bulky attitude. The edges were softened, and there is a vast use of chrome details, especially on the Denali trim, which features its own unique style tweaks. Aside from this trim, the new 2017 GMC Acadia will also offer FWD, AWD and a new Al Terrain trim.

2017 GMC Acadia Interior

2017 GMC Acadia Interior & Technology

Interior-wise, the new Acadia looks much more impressive. It comes with delicate aluminum touches, soft materials and even optional French stitching on the seats. The comfort in the cabin has been improved with fold-flat second and (optional) third row seats and improved noise cancellation. In addition, the new 2017 GMC Acadia will really shine in the technology department. The new SUV will come with numerous advanced gadgets and systems. Aside from the standard features, such as 7” Color Touch Display, IntelliLink System with AppleCar and AndroidAuto options, up to 5 USB ports and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots with a three-month trial period, the new model will also feature some interesting safety systems, such as three different braking systems, automatic high beam control, safety alert seat, Surround Vision Camera etc.

2017 GMC Acadia Side Look

Powertrain Changes

The 2017 GMC Acadia will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 194 horsepower and comes with a fuel consumption at 22 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway (FWD setup). Another engine option is the new 3.5-liter V6 engine which is good for 310 horsepower. The V6 unit, as you can see, now offers a bit more power than the current counterpart. It should also come with improved fuel economy. Both of the units will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and will use an upgraded start/stop technology. In addition, the 2017 GMC Acadia will be able to tow 4,000 pounds when using V6 unit and a special towing system. This is a downside to the new model, since the current one has a higher towing capacity.

The 2017 GMC Acadia will offer Front-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive and All Terrain drive modes. All three come with Normal, Sport and Trailer/Tow modes. The FWD also offers Snow mode; the AWD comes with Off Road and 4×4 mode, and the All Terrain comes with an, well, All Terrain mode. This mode uses an active twin-clutch system and can offer better hill climbing experience.

2017 GMC Acadia Release

After the premiere at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the new 2017 GMC Acadia should be released this summer. More details regarding pricing, package specifications and other details should be announced soon.

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