The 2020 GMC Acadia bowed on Monday with a refreshed look and new optional running gear, but Australians won’t be treated to the restyled crossover SUV.
Wheels reported Wednesday that Holden will not gain the refreshed crossover anytime soon. Why? The important stuff was already part of the vehicle’s package. While North America made do with a six-speed automatic, smaller infotainment screen, and standard gauge cluster, GM had already packed the updates into the Holden Acadia. The same features present on the refreshed 2020 GMC Acadia have been part of its Australian counterpart since launch.
Thus, Holden likely won’t gain the refreshed model. The Holden Acadia is also solely offered with the 3.6-liter V6 engine. North America has had the option of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the refresh brings an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to the portfolio. The engine is related to the mill found in the Chevrolet Equinox.
According to the report, Holden did not have the budget to offer both the 2.0-liter turbo engine and the V6, so it chose to only offer the latter. Typically, V6-powered models sell better in Oz.
The Holden Acadia is part of a massive portfolio push to focus more on SUVs than traditional cars. However, both the Holden Equinox and the Acadia have been rather slow sellers so far. The report noted just 897 Acadias have been sold since the SUV went on sale late last year. Toyota sells roughly the same number of Kluger (nee Highlander) in a one-month period.
This year, Holden isn’t tipped to receive any new models, but updates to existing vehicles are in the pipeline in the next 18 months.