Bucking the trend of most new vehicle introductions, yes, the 2017 GMC Acadia is smaller; much smaller. GMC has taken a long look at the once full-size crossover, and repositioned it at the heart of the midsize segment.
For instance, the 2017 Acadia’s wheelbase is now 6.4-inches shorter (112.5-inches overall), the crossover has shrunk in overall length by 7.2-inches (193.6-inches) and width is down 3.5-inches (75.4-inches).
What has this done to the 2017 Acadia? It has created a new profile for the crossover, a new identity if you will. This is no longer a truck-looking crossover, this now looks like an SUV.
“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.”
A dimensional grille and wraparound headlamps provide the typical upscale design cues one comes to know and love from GMC design, and that’s also present in the rear with new, C-shaped taillamps.
Don’t fret, Denali devout. The 2017 GMC Acadia will also appear with a new Denali trim, too. In typical Denali fashion, the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali offers a chrome grille, integrated chrome side trim, chrome-accented door handles, a chrome lower-rear fascia and specific six-spoke wheels.
Ah, but here’s something new. The 2017 GMC Acadia also arrives with a new All Terrain variant.
The 2017 Acadia All Terrain arrives with enhanced off-road driving abilities and, at the heart of those abilities, is a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system. It also has a specific All Terrain mode in place of the Off Road mode on the drive mode selector, which works with the model’s exclusive AWD system to offer enhanced hill-climb capability.
The 2017 Acadia All Terrain distinguishes itself from other road-going Acadia and Acadia Denali 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.
Each 2017 Terrain hosts unique interior color and trim combinations and incorporate authentic aluminum trim.
Now that we’ve introduced the whole gang, what’s under the hood? We’re glad you asked.
The 2017 GMC Acadia begins with a base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, but we already know the 3.6-liter LGX V6 is going to be the better choice here. GMC estimates 22 mpg city, and 28 mpg highway for the four-cylinder engine and 25 mpg highway for the V6. Both engines see a six-speed Electronic Precision Shift treatment.
Part of the fuel economy puzzle solving comes from the curb weight, which is now 700-pounds less than the outgoing Acadia. But, the 2017 Acadia is no wuss. The new Acadia musters to haul up 4,000-pounds with an available towing package.
GMC calls the 2017 Acadia its most contemporary crossover ever, and that means the most modern safety features are present and accounted for, too. Active safety features include the following, but depend on the specific model:
• New Front Pedestrian Braking
• New Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking (standard on SLT-2 and Denali)
• New Forward Automatic Braking (available on Denali)
• New Following Distance Indicator
• New IntelliBeam automatic headlamp high-beam control
• New Surround Vision camera system
• New Safety Alert Seat
• Forward Collision Alert
• Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
• Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
• Front and Rear Parking Assist.
As for connectivity, the 2017 Acadia has that, too. OnStar 4G LTE WiFi is a definite, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, too. There’s also a new, standard rear seat alert that can remind the driver when an item may have been left in the second- and third-row seats. You know, for when little Jimmy forgets his iPad in the backseat (spoiled brat).
Now, that you have the details, where’s it going to be assembled? The 2017 GMC Acadia will shift from the Lansing Delta assembly to the Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant alongside the 2017 Cadillac XT5 and 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.
And when can you get your hands on one? Spring 2016.