2020 Acadia AT4 Exterior: Live Photo Gallery10
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|
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It’s a front drive minivan with cladding and knobby tires. Only I think most minivans have a better approach angle.
GMC still has nothing to compete with the Grand Cherokee, 4Runner, or upcoming Bronco. The Acadia isn’t up to the task of competing with any vehicle that can do more than just shuttle kids to soccer practice.
GMC should keep the Acadia targeted towards crossover buyers and bring in a Canyon-based SUV to target those that want an SUV.
An Acadia AT4 does nothing but make a joke out of the AT4 branding.
Because all those people buying the Grand Cherokee and 4 runner and soon to be Bronco go off road so much they need it. Less the 5% of those buyers use it for off road. This has neat look and will at least look the part. For most it will do everything needed and some light off road if it ever does like the others.
Whether people go off road more or less than 5% of the time (not sure what credible pollster even came up with that number), there are quite a few hunters, fishermen, campers, and off-road enthusiasts that want something capable of handling some tough off road conditions every once in a while. The fact is the AT4 badge in the Acadia really doesn’t give you much more to go off road with. For example, the AT4 has the same low ground clearance as the standard Acadia model which only has 7.2 inches of clearance. The drive train in the AT4 is an AWD variant with no locking differential options. The AT4 AWD drive train doesn’t have a high/low range. The GC has 8.6 inches of ground clearance, and the 4 runner has 9.6 inches. And both the GC and 4 runner have legitimate off road drive trains with optional locking differentials. Bottom line is this a good looking SUV that will probably sell pretty well to people looking for a standard SUV. And yes it will handle mild off road conditions. However, if you want a vehicle that provides more off road capability than the Acadia AT4, you would be better off buying the G.C. or 4 runner with their optional off-road packages.
Reminds me slightly to new front fascia-headlights of the Dodge Trucks, is a cool this GMC
I thought the previous design before the update was a bit “soft” looking. Especially the size and shape of the grille.
It just didn’t scream, GMC. But now, it seems they threw on a truck grille and went a little too extreme.
That black grille on white looks like a tumor. Not a good look, IMO.
They should make that grille larger, I can barely see it..
The engine horsepower sounds impressive but when you’ve been bitten by an engine that didn’t see 105000 miles. And a transmission that followed it, shortly after. The old saying you get what you pay for makes the sticker price a little hard to handle. Let’s be honest this vehicle is purchased mainly for practicality
Buy it in different color. Problem solved
I think 2020 vehicles are seeing an improvement in design. The current Acadia has some awkwardness that this addresses nicely considering what they can do with a MCE.
Perhaps their new head designer is to be given credit, the last one was very much in need of retirement.
Don’t stop now, you’ve only begun to right the ship in design and packaging (Camaro/Silverado especially…)
Hate to be the wet blanket, but I just don’t understand the market this GMC Acadia AT4 is targeting? It has aggressive styling, but moderate power. It’s true that most don’t use their off-road vehicles for off-roading. But the correlation of a desire for an aggressive looking vehicle also translates to aggressive performance. Not trying to be negative, but this just appears to be another situation of GM trying to do “just enough” to test a market, fail, drop the line, and lose more consumer loyalty along the way. If GM really wants to compete in a new market, do your homework and then knock it out of the park. Don’t give a mediocre solution that tries to leverage GMC loyalty over vehicle value.