As it stands now, GMC lacks a proper full-size CUV, a gap that’s been in place since the introduction of the second-generation GMC Acadia. Now, GM Authority has exclusively learned that GMC is considering filling that white space.
According to sources familiar with future GMC vehicle and product plans, The General is considering adding a full-size, three-row GMC crossover to the lineup. We’ve been told that product planners open to the idea of a larger crossover to slot between the Acadia and GMC Yukon.
The last time GMC had a full-size crossover was with the first-generation Acadia, which was introduced for the 2007 and remained in production thru 2016 (ending for the 2017 model year as the Acadia Limited). That first-generation Acadia was a full-size crossover roughly the same size as the Chevrolet Traverse. But when GMC introduced the second-gen Acadia for the 2017 model year, the overhauled vehicle saw a decrease in size, shrinking a size segment and leaving the brand without a true full-size crossover.
|Subcompact CUV||Compact CUV||Midsize CUV||Full-Size CUV||Full-Size SUV|
|None Currently||Terrain||Acadia||None Currently||Yukon/Yukon XL|
While still offering three rows of seating, the second-gen Acadia is narrower and shorter compared to the first-gen model, both inside and out. The reasoning behind the downsize comes down to a change in segment that opens the vehicle to being considered by a larger market segment than the first-gen, full-size model. Though that’s surely the case from an objective standpoint, many owners of the first-gen Acadia didn’t take kindly to the change.
As it stands, the GMC lineup has a big, glaring gap that should be filled, considering the continuing popularity of crossovers. If GMC wants to take full advantage of the ongoing spike in CUV sales, it’s gonna need a full lineup of such vehicles for buyers to choose from, including a full-size model above the Acadia.