The 2017 GMC Acadia may have shocked a few in attendance at the 2016 North American International Auto Show with its massive diet. The 2017 Acadia is now 7.2-inches shorter and now weighs 700-pounds less than the outgoing model.
While the GMC slims down a segment, the next-generation Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave are expected to retain their full-size segments, according to Automotive News.
General Motors hasn’t confirmed the full-size stature for the new Traverse and Enclave, but product chief, Mark Reuss, did comment on the matter saying, “The brand separation in size and mission and the positioning of these vehicles has never been more differentiated.”
The comments really help define a shady product scheme. Chevrolet will reposition the 2017 Equinox as a compact crossover, allowing for a new midsize CUV to enter and the next-generation Traverse will soldier on as full size. Buick will feature the subcompact Encore, midsize Envision and full-size Enclave.
What it doesn’t paint clear is GMC’s intentions with such a product gap. Will GMC sit out on a full-size CUV, or is something else planned for the Professional Grade? That we will have to wait to see.