As modern vehicles gain additional high-tech electronics, automakers gain the ability to create more space in the cabin. The new digital push-button gear selector in the refreshed 2020 Acadia interior is a prime example of this development, as the new button-based shifter replaces the traditional shifter on the 2017-2019 Acadia, thereby creating additional storage space in the front row.
GM’s Electronic Precision Shift digital gear selector provides a new way to control the 2020 Acadia’s (also-new) nine-speed automatic transmission via a series of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers. Besides the new shifting interface, the introduction of the new digital shifting tech creates newfound space both at the top and below the center console.
Specifically, the bin in the front-most part of the center console of the refreshed 2020 Acadia interior is significantly larger than its equivalent on the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Acadia. It also now features a 15-watt wireless (inductive) phone charging interface.
But that’s not all: the introduction of Electronic Precision Shift on the 2020 Acadia creates an entirely new storage space. Located within the center console between the vehicle’s floor and center console, the new space is perfect for placing a purse or wallet out of sight during a drive.
In addition to providing extra storage up front, the introduction of Electronic Precision Shift also allowed designers to re-orient the front cupholders transversely, rather than longitudinally – like they were on the pre-facelifted Acadia. Without the large shifter stalk in the way, it’s now easier to put down or grab a beverage. However, we should note that those who prefer to rest their hand on the shifter while driving will no longer be able to do so, since no shifter is available.
|EPA Passenger Volume (cu-ft)||143.8|
|Cargo Volume Behind First Row (cu-ft)||79|
|Cargo Volume Behind Second Row (cu-ft)||41.7|
|Cargo Volume Behind Third Row (cu-ft)||12.8|
Besides packaging benefits and additional cargo space, the GM Electronic Precision Shift also provides smoother and more precise shifting characteristics, as well as a reduction in overall noise and vibration. GM Electronic Precision Shift can also be found on the first-gen Cadillac XT5, third-gen Buick LaCrosse, first-gen Chevrolet Bolt, and second-gen Buick Enclave, along with the 2019 Cadillac CT6, 2019 Cadillac XT4 2020 Cadillac CT5. However, each of these vehicles utilizes a “joystick-style” shifter, as opposed to the “button-style” shifter in the 2020 Acadia interior. GMC’s push-button EPS interface was initially introduced on the 2018 GMC Terrain.
Additional features for the 2020 Acadia interior include an 8-inch infotainment screen with available navigation, five USB ports throughout the cabin. Under the hood, Denali and SLT models now come standard with GM’s new turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder engine rated at 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The outgoing model’s 193-horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder and 310-horsepower 3.6L V6 head into the 2020 model year unchanged. All engines in the refreshed 2020 GMC Acadia are mated to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the six-speed automatic gearbox in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 models.
|Measurement||Front Row (inches)||Second Row (inches)||Third Row (inches)|