The GMC Acadia has been an exceptional CUV since its debut in Canada in 2007. Nine years later, GMC has introduced the all-new 2017 Acadia – a completely redesigned crossover designed to offer great versatility and refinement, with more advanced safety technologies. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new All Terrain model offering enhanced off-road capability.
“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.”
The new Acadia is 700 pounds lighter than the current model, which pays off big at the gas pump. A new, 2.5L engine is standard, while a new, available 3.6L V-6 engine is more powerful and efficient than the current model. Both of the Acadia’s new engines feature direct injection and VVT, and both are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions.
Available with five-, six- or seven-passenger seating, and with new features such as a split-folding second-row seat that improves on the original Smart Slide feature of the current model. It offers greater flexibility, including easier access to the third row, even with a forward-facing child seat in place.
The 50/50-split third-row seat folds for a completely flat floor behind the second row and when the second row is also folded, there are 2,237 litres of cargo room. Levers at the rear of the vehicle make it easier to fold the second- and third-row seats and there’s also a new, standard rear seat alert that can remind the driver when an item may have been left in the rear seats.
“It’s a confident design influenced by extensive customer input,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design and User Experience. “The original Acadia was very truck-inspired, but the new model has a decidedly SUV influence conveyed in sculptural details, softened corners and a sleeker windshield angle.”
New grilles and wraparound headlights – HID lamps on Denali and halogen projectors on other models – reinforce the confident, refined appearance, while LED signature lighting is standard on all models. Inside, all Acadia trim levels feature unique interior colour and trim combinations and incorporate authentic aluminum trim.
Premium cues distinguish the returning Acadia Denali, featuring a dimensional chrome grille, along with integrated chrome side trim, chrome-accented door handles, a chrome lower-rear fascia and specific six-spoke wheels.
The new All Terrain model matches distinctive design elements with enhanced off-road-driving ability. It features an advanced AWD system with Active Twin Clutch, which optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. And while it is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, it also provides enhanced stability in dry conditions. All Terrain models are distinguished from the rest of the Acadia lineup with a body-color grille surround, black chrome trim and unique wheels. Inside is exclusive five-passenger seating, dynamic All Terrain interior accents and covered storage bins in the rear cargo floor in place of a third-row seat.
Safety and technology are a top priority in the Acadia. These features are available depending on the model and include:
- New Front Pedestrian Braking (Standard SLT-2 & Denali)
- New Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking (Standard SLT-2 & Denali)
- New Forward Automatic Braking (available on Denali)
- New Following Distance Indicator (Standard SLT-2 & Denali)
- New IntelliBeam automatic headlamp high-beam control (Standard SLT-2 & Denali)
- New Surround Vision camera system (Available on Denali)
- New Safety Alert Seat (Standard SLT-2 & Denali)
- Forward Collision Alert (Standard SLT-2 & Denali)
- Lane Keep Assist (Standard SLT-2 & Denali)
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert (Available on SLE-1, Standard SLT-1, SLT-2 & Denali)
- Front and Rear Parking Assist (Standard SLT-2 & Denali – Rear Park Assist available on SLE-2 and standard on SLT-1)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Available on SLE-1, Standard SLT-1, SLT-2 & Denali)
And when it comes to connectivity, the Acadia is plugged in with available phone integration technology through GMC’s available IntelliLink system. It offers support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easy to connect to some of the features smartphone users rely on most.
Additionally, an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot keeps drivers and passengers connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial. Additionally, all three rows offer USB charge ports for compatible electronic devices.
Whew, that’s a lot of innovations and improvements on an already amazing vehicle! The all-new Acadia goes on sale this spring – watch for it at Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC and view our entire lineup at www.queenstonchev.com .