For the first time, Holden has sourced a vehicle from the GMC lineup. The Holden Acadia officially launched in Australia on Thursday.
Holden’s latest crossover SUV is considered a full-size seven-seat model in Australia (it’s a mid-size here in the United States) and it now gives the brand three choices in the expanding crossover utility market. Holden also sells the Trax and the Equinox.
The Holden Acadia will be offered in three trims: LT, LTZ and LTZ-V. All trims feature optional all-wheel drive, and every model packs the 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood. Americans also have the choice of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Notably, Holden’s Acadia also gains a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the U.S. model sticks with a six-speed automatic for now. We’ve spied an updated Acadia testing and it will more than likely usher in GM’s nine-speed automatic, at least with V6-powered models.
Holden has also bundled active safety features as standard equipment for the Acadia. Even LT models will arrive with a suite of active safety systems including:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection
- Following Distance Indicator
- Automatic High Beam Assist
- Safety Seat Alert
- Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
- Lateral Impact Avoidance
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear Parking Assist.
Additional standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation, tri-zone climate control, passive entry and push-button start and a hitch view system. Pricier LTZ and LTZ-V models add heated and ventilated seats, an eight-inch infotainment screen, dual-panel sunroof and more.
And Holden is keen to play up its local engineering expertise, as it does with every new imported model on sale today. Engineers tweaked the Acadia to ensure it’s not just a ported-over, American GMC. Holden worked to tune the McPherson strut front and five-link independent rear suspension on local roads and at the Lang Lang proving grounds. The crossover SUV went through 1.5 million kilometers (nearly 1 million miles) of testing.
The Acadia will start at $42,990 AUD, or roughly $30,700 USD, for an LT model, but AWD will add another $4,000 AUD, or about $2,800 USD on every trim. Pricing for the LTZ starts at $53,990 ($38,500 USD) and climbs to $63,990 ($45,700) for an LTZ-V model.