The second-generation GMC Acadia was introduced for the 2017 model year, with a mid-cycle refresh applied for the 2020 model year. Now, the latest 2021 GMC Acadia is due to bring a few minor changes and updates, including a new urethane steering wheel for certain trims, which will replace the leather steering wheel equipped previously on 2020-model-year vehicles.
As GM Authority has uncovered, the two lowest trim levels for the 2021 GMC Acadia (SL and SLE) will come equipped with a new urethane steering wheel, which arrives as a replacement for the leather steering wheel equipped on 2020-model-year vehicles.
This change appears to be a cost-saving measure intended to pay for the new GMC Pro Safety Plus Package, which is equipped as standard on SLE, SLT, and AT4 trim levels. For 2020-model-year vehicles, the GMC Pro Safety Plus Package was not available on SLE models, but rather was only available on SLT and AT4 trims.
As such, this latest change means the 2021 GMC Acadia will in fact offer three different steering wheel types, as outlined in the table here:
|RPO Code||Steering Wheel||SL||SLE||SLT||AT4||Denali|
|N3R||Urethane steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls||x||x|
|NP5||Leather-wrapped with mounted audio and cruise controls||x|
|N30||Leather-wrapped with steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls||x||x1|
- Denali-specific wheel
Note that the steering wheel equipped on 2021 GMC Acadia Denali differs from the wheel in the 2021 GMC Acadia AT4 in that the Denali wheel features burnished aluminum trim, plus the Denali script below the GMC logo on the horn pad.
Further changes and updates for the 2021 GMC Acadia include the addition of three new exterior colors, including Midnight Blue Metallic, Cayenne Red Tintcoat, and Hunter Metallic, with Hunter Metallic offered only on the Denali trim level. Furthermore, the latest Acadia comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across all trim levels.
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