GM has a refresh planned for the current, second-generation GMC Acadia – and that’s exactly what our spy shooter has just caught roaming the streets of Michigan.
The white tester model features a healthy amount of camouflage concealing the front and rear ends, suggesting that GMC’s midsize crossover is in for a nip-tuck in the near future. The updates will likely give the Acadia design cues introduced by the new, second-generation 2018 GMC Terrain.
We’re not quite sure what purpose that black strip of camo tape along the lower edge of the doors serves, though it could be masking a new door cladding treatment. Additionally, it doesn’t look like the cabin is covered up in any way, telling us that the interior isn’t likely to get any updates for this round of the Acadia refresh.
The second-gen Acadia was introduced for the 2017 model year, and the refresh pictured here will likely arrive for the 2020 model year. That would mark a rather quick turn for a refresh of an all-new model, similar to what’s taken place with the updated 2019 Spark, 2019 Cruze, 2019 Malibu and 2019 Camaro on the Chevrolet side of the house. Other examples include the updated 2019 Cadillac CT6, 2019 Cadillac XT5 and 2019 Buick LaCrosse – with the latter two models expected to get refreshes in the near future.
We expect the 2020 GMC Acadia to continue being powered by the same engines as the 2017-2019 models, namely the standard 2.5L LCV I4 as well as the optional 3.6L LGX V6. However, the current model’s 6-speed automatic gearbox will be replaced by the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission that was co-developed with Ford.
2020 GMC Acadia
The GMC Acadia is a mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV). It is the largest GMC crossover currently offered, slotting above the compact GMC Terrain.
The current model was introduced for the 2017 model year and represents the second generation of the Acadia nameplate. It rides on the GM C1 platform shared with the Cadillac XT5. It is expected that the upcoming, future Chevrolet Blazer will ride on the same platform. Meanwhile, the second-generation Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave use a longer-wheelbase variant of the same architecture.
Compared to its first-generation predecessor, the second-gen Acadia is an all-new vehicle that is one size segment smaller, while also being sleeker, more modern, more tech-laden and much lighter. Despite its smaller size, the second-gen Acadia manages to retain three rows of seating and generous cargo space.