General Motors applied a number of updates to the 2020 GMC Acadia, including a freshened exterior appearance with a new grille, new C-shaped LED headlights and a new rear fascia with different taillights.
Lighting elements are one of the main things that manufactures choose to update on mid-cycle face lifts. The idea behind a refresh like this is to provide the customer with appealing, up-to-date technology and features whilst not having to change major aspects of the vehicle.
A Motor1 article recently highlighted one aspect of the face lifted 2020 GMC Acadia and referenced a tweet that expressed some dismay that GMC had applied new taillights to the Acadia without changing the sheet metal of the rear three-quarter panel or rear lift gate. Anyone familiar with practices regarding mid-cycle refreshes won’t be surprised to see this – by applying new taillights and leaving the same old metal, GM gives the customer a new functional piece (more up-to-date taillights) while leaving something they likely won’t even notice (the rear sheet metal) to save on costs. The purpose of these refreshes, remember, is to make the vehicle more appealing to the customer, not apply major changes to the product.
If you look at the taillights of the new 2020 GMC Acadia and think “something is a little off”, you’d be correct. Turns out, they didn’t want to change the body panel design underneath the D-pillar or the tailgate. Bean counters should never be designers. pic.twitter.com/295xafSEI4
— Matthew A. Longtin (@matthew_longtin) September 6, 2019
The c-shaped taillights are joined by new c-shaped headlights in the 2020 GMC Acadia, along with a larger and more prominent grille. The most notable change is the addition of the Acadia AT4 off-road model, however, which adds a black chrome-accented grille, black mirror caps, black roof rails, model specific 17-inch wheels wrapped in Continental Terrain Contact all-terrain tires and standard twin-clutch all-wheel drive system. Larger 20-inch wheels are also available at cost. GM’s 2.0-liter LTG engine also joins the engine lineup for 2020, appearing alongside the the entry-level 2.5-liter LCV four-cylinder and range-topping 3.6-liter LGX V6.
The 2020 Acadia will also be offered in variety exterior colors including Carbon Black Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Red Quartz Tintcoat, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Summit White, White Frost Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Smokey Quartz Metallic, Dark Sky Metallic and Red Mohgany Metallic.