It’s hard to believe the current GMC Acadia has been around before Saturn, Pontiac, Saab and Hummer all went to the automotive graveyard. Introduced in 2006 as a 2007 model, the current Lambda platform based Acadia has been GMC’s third best selling vehicle. Don’t mess with success, right?
It seems designers are taking that mantra and running with it for the upcoming 2017 GMC Acadia, as Car and Driver has spied the new crossover with less camouflage, and gotten a look at what’s going on inside.
Foremost, the 2017 Acadia will ride on General Motors’ C1xx platform, with support for mid-size, and full-size, crossover vehicles. The current Acadia sits as full-size as it comes, but the 2017 Acadia may shrink just a tad. It will also benefit from a much lighter curb weight, potentially 300-pounds lighter than the current Acadia, and expect a host of new engine options, and a nine- or high-speed automatic.
As for the design, we’ll describe it has evolution, rather than revolution. It’s easy to see the crossover’s same familiar shape is present, but the proportions and give the CUV a much more flattering first impression. The current Acadia is a bit of a hulking giant.
Inside is where the real news is, however. Everything seems to be new and rethought for the 2017 Acadia. A new steering wheel is in place, along with an all-new center console with a massive infotainment screen. The gear selector has modernized, and it looks as if the ignition switch has been removed for a push-button system.
Expect the 2017 GMC Acadia to show face in either early 2017, or later in the year as a 2018 model vehicle.