The GMC Acadia is getting a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE), otherwise known as a refresh or facelift, for the 2020 model year, officially dropping cover this past February. Besides a freshened exterior, interior and powertrain, the refresh also introduces the all-new AT4 trim level that replaces the All Terrain model. Aside from two press photos, GMC has yet to show the 2020 Acadia AT4 in any noteworthy fashion, so we captured photos of the model in the flesh at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, where we found it looking rather sinister in a stark shade of Summit White paint.
The Acadia AT4 adds aggressive styling, dark exterior details, and standard all-terrain tires, not to mention the 310-horsepower 3.6L LGX V6 engine and a twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system.
The front fascia of the 2020 Acadia AT4 is a significant departure from the 2019 model year. It includes a trim-exclusive black chrome-accented grille that underlines the AT4’s rugged personality. The grille is complemented by new headlight housings equipped with LED lighting elements and GMC’s signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights, the latter of which turn amber when the turn signal is activated. The lower fascia is also new, adding vertical styling elements to the corners of the front bumper cover.
The aesthetic is bigger and bolder than that of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 model years, and it brings the Acadia into GMC’s design language introduced by the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, 2020 GMC Sierra HD, and the GMC Terrain.
Viewed in profile, the 2020 Acadia AT4 shows off its new 17-inch black wheels. Wrapping the fresh rollers is a set of Continental Terrain Contact all-terrain tires, which are standard equipment on the 2020 Acadia AT4. Larger 20-inch wheels are optional. Ground clearance is set at 7.2 inches, matching that of the non-AT4 2020 GMC Acadia models.
Between the wheels is a section of flat-black body cladding that stretches into the nose and tail, and will undoubtedly ward off errant bits of terra firma when exploring the road less traveled. The new silhouette is punctuated by reshaped sideview mirrors, which now feature integrated LED turn signals.
Out back, the 2020 Acadia AT4 sports new taillight housings with GMC’s signature C-shaped inner design, plus a new rear bumper. Standard features back here include a hands-free power liftgate that projects the GMC logo onto the ground when opened, as well as a High Definition Rear Vision Camera.
All told, the 2020 Acadia AT4 infuses the model line with some much-needed personality, while also having a bit of off-road prowess. It’s also worth mentioning that the GMC Acadia just posted its best-ever first-quarter sales numbers, prior to this refresh having gone on sale.
|Overall Length (in)||193.6|
|Overall Width (in)||75.4|
|Overall Height (in)||66|
|Front Track (in)||64.5|
|Rear Track (in)||64.5|
|Ground Clearance (in)||7.2|