Back in April, we brought you our first look at the incoming refresh for the 2020 GMC Acadia. That vehicle was equipped with placeholder headlights and taillights, along with a very healthy amount of camouflage, making it difficult to see what was going on under the cover. Luckily, the prototype we caught undergoing testing today is wearing production headlights, giving us our best look yet at the new units.
There are two primary things taking place here. The first is the addition of LED-based Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) via a new interpretation of GMC’s C-shaped signature that enveloped the headlight on the top and bottom, as well as on the outside corners.
The signature C-shaped DRLs wrap what appears to be two LED reflectors inside the headlight cluster, positioned horizontally next to one another. The federally-mandated side amber marker light is present and accounted for on the outside-most part of the headlight.
So, it sure looks like the new 2020 GMC Acadia will have a full-LED headlight treatment that has a refined, high-end look bordering on being sinister.
Note that the current 2017-2019 Acadia models feature LED-based DRLs on all models except for the base SL, but they don’t really feature a notable signature as seen here. The current models also feature projector-beam headlamps on all models except for the range-topping Denali, which uses HIDs. At this point, we don’t know whether the full LED headlights seen on this prototype will be standard on all 2020 GMC Acadia models, or be reserved to a few select trims.
Notice the bright yellow object in the middle of the front grille. That’s undoubtedly part of a new front-view camera system, which we will explore in a subsequent post.
About 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.
For the 2018 model year, the Acadia got a new color, automatic heated steering wheel in place of the manual heated steering wheel, Tire Fill Alert, some new wheels on the SLT-1 All Terrain model, as well as broader availability of the 3.6L V-6 engine and All-Terrain package.
For the 2019 model year, the Acadia receives several new colors, Express Up and Down window controls for the driver’s-side controls as standard on the SLE-2 and SLT-1 trims, the expanded availability of the Ebony interior color with the All-Terrain package on the SLT trim level and the introduction of the Acadia Black Edition.
A midcycle refresh is in store for the 2020 model year that’s expected to deliver updated styling, the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission, in-vehicle technology updates, and other enhancements. See more on the 2020 GMC Acadia.