Following the debut of the first-generation GMC Acadia for the 2007 model year, a second-generation was introduced for the 2017 model year. The second-gen model famously changed segments, shedding some length to go from a full-size to a midsize crossover The second-gen model is getting a refresh (otherwise known as a MCE or a Mid-Cycle Enhancement, in General Motors parlance) for the 2020 model year, gaining a tweaked exterior design, a new trim level in the form of the first-ever Acadia AT4, the new turbo-charged 2.0L I4 LSY engine, a new nine-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift gear selector, and several other enhancements, one of which is new suspension tuning across the lineup.
That new suspension tuning results in greater ride refinement.
“We did some retuning of the suspension for more isolation while maintaining body control, and we did that for both standard suspension and the Denali,” GMC spokesperson, Stu Fowle, told GM Authority.
The Denali bit is in reference to the 2020 GMC Acadia Denali AWD, which features Continuous Damping Control (aka CDC or Adaptive Ride Control) – an adaptive suspension/damping system. CDC isn’t new for the GMC Acadia, as the feature was offered on the second-gen GMC Acadia Denali prior to this latest 2020 Acadia refresh.
However, all 2020 GMC Acadia models still receive the new suspension tuning improvements as part of the 2020 model year refresh, including Acadia Denali with CDC, Acadia Denali without CDC, and sub-Denali models.
- FE2 is the base/standard suspension system
- FE5 is the Performance Ride and Handling system with Adaptive Ride Control/CDC