Holden has a new SUV heading to its portfolio, and General Motors’ Australian subsidiary has plucked it from GMC. The 2019 Holden Acadia received an online debut on Tuesday with the first official images published. Thankfully, the awful placeholder grille is gone for a proper unit.
Along with the debut, Holden said a fleet of Acadias will continue to test locally in its Captured Test Fleet program (CTF). The program includes 16 Acadia models driven daily on Australian roads to discover any qualms or quirks. Right now, the fleet is being driven by Holden employees and their families.
The Acadia will be subject to various terrains, and regular day-to-day tasks, such as navigation inputs or spills from children in the backseat.
“The aim of the program is to find real-world problems before our customers do so that they and their families have absolute peace of mind that their Acadia is built and tuned to perform in every way,” Holden’s Regional Quality Manager, Steve Corcoran, said.
In the United States, 14 additional Holden Acadias are roaming about to also collect precious data.
The Holden Acadia will be assembled at the Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant in right-hand drive and replace the aged Holden Captiva locally. The SUV will serve as Holden’s full-size model, with the Holden Equinox making a play for Australia’s mid-size SUV market. The brand has also left the door open for the 2019 Chevy Blazer to join the portfolio.