Next-Generation GMC Acadia To Be Built At Lansing Delta Township Assembly22
General Motors just announced a raft of new investments into several of its U.S.-based production facilities, including more than $100 million earmarked for GM’s Lansing Delta Township Assembly facility to support production of the next-generation GMC Acadia.
The official confirmation follows GM Authority’s exclusive report published back in August indicating that the next-gen GMC Acadia will grow in size. The current GMC Acadia is produced at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.
First introduced for the 2007 model year, the GMC Acadia nameplate was initially launched as a three-row full-size crossover. A second generation was introduced a decade later for the 2017 model year, overhauled as a new midsize crossover that shrunk a whole segment smaller than the first-gen model. Now, it appears as though the upcoming third-generation will in fact return to original full-size formula.
With larger exterior dimensions, the up-and-coming next-gen GMC Acadia is expected to be roughly the same size as the current Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse. As it just so happens, GM’s Lansing Delta Township Plant currently builds both the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse.
|Second-Gen Acadia||First-Gen Acadia||+ / – Second-Gen Acadia|
|Seating capacity||5, 6 or 7||7 or 8||N/A|
|Max cargo capacity behind first row (cu ft):||79||116.1||-37.1|
|Max cargo capacity behind second row (cu ft):||41.7||70.1||-28.4|
|Max cargo capacity behind third row (cu ft):||12.8||24.1||-11.3|
General Motors originally decided to shrink the GMC Acadia down to a midsize model as part of a strategy to re-aim the nameplate at the heart of the mainstream crossover segment, taking on rival midsize offerings like the Jeep Grand Cherokee. That said, the strategy did not pan out as expected, and Acadia sales have not kept pace with the rest of the segment.
As GM Authority covered previously, GMC Acadia sales totaled 111,276 units in 2017, but those figures were artificially boosted by sales of the previous-generation Acadia, which was sold alongside the launch of the all-new model. Sales in 2019 totaled 99,429 units.
Sales Results - USA - Acadia
*** This manufacturer is now publishing only quarterly numbers for this market. Monthly figures may be averages.
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I highly doubt the big CUVs will stay fwd. IMO watch the bombshell of that news soon.
FWD/AWD is well accepted by the market for crossovers. If a person really wants RWD there is the Tahoe.
But once electrified, the whole point will be moot anyway.
the problem for some is that the Tahoe is fking massive compared to the Acadia, also there’s the 20k price difference between them. GM does not offer a midsize rwd that competes with the grand Cherokee and i really don’t understand how they can legitimately think the Acadia would’ve been able to compete with a rwd 5 seater
To add to that Explorer have no problem selling since going back to rwd plus most will be awd so it will be “moot” which wheels the power is coming from. If you want fwd so bad get a Equinox, Terrain or the other upcoming midsize GM CUVs.
Family has a 2019 Acadia and can’t see getting anything larger, love the thing.
I bet the nextgen Terrain grow in size. If the rumors are true that GMC is getting a small cuv below the Terrain, it needs to grow in size some. Or maybe they will replace the Acadia smaller size with a vehicle off of the Chevy Blazer size. 5 passenger only.
Reading the above comments and having sold GMC for nearly 12 years (and when the 2007 was introduced), this is my thought. First, the decision to go smaller in 2017 was stupid in my opinion. The vast majority of people who were buying the all new Acadia in 2007 on up were people who didn’t want the larger (outside) Yukon, but liked the similar interior dimensions. They also seemed to like the idea of it being front drive. The Terrain is the smaller one that fits better with the Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee. Second, the GMC Hummer vehicles will most likely be filling spaces that will give GMC a full line of SUV/CUV’s from the now smallest Terrain all the way up to the Yukon XL. I’m sure there may be one even smaller (all electric) than the Terrain too.
We had a Terrain because the Acadia was larger than we needed. The new Acadia became the choice when the Terrain got smaller. We lover the present Acadia.
If GMC leaves this size segment I am not sure what will be next.
We would love a RWD/AWD Acadia on the next gen Canyon platform. But I am not holding my breath for that.
I am sorry C8.R, but my wife and I agree with you.
We today would buy the Acadia in this current size if RWD/AWD !
On the Canyon platform with the 2.7T – 10 speed
Just my opinion, but they f—ed up the front end on this thing. Previous more rounded look was better.
Also, we have never and will never drive a full-sized GM SUV.
If it was free we would sell it for a mid-sized, and if we could not sell it, it would sit as we just do not like to drive tanks around !
A GM mid-sized SUV with some balls is sorely missed in the GM lineup !!
We are not looking for some race vehicle V – series anything either, just a better more powerful Mid-sized SUV.
We do NOT drive the ” Name ” Denali or Cadillac, we want something with ” MORE ” content !
The current size Acadia fits us as well. Especially since the others in it’s class were either too odd in dimensions or price vs. quality was not up to par. Of course, since C8.R owns a Canyon he would dream of a truck like ride for Acadia.
The current Acadia has a nice refined ride especially compared to the current kind of swishy Terrain.
People buy crossovers because they are more car like. You want a trucky feel, then buy a Tahoe or Yukon.
Glad to hear GMC has finally realized they screwed up. The 2018 Acadia was little more than a Terain. Loved my 2015 it had the cargo space I needed. It could easily fit a 4 x 8 sheet of anything from Lowes. Now I loath having to make the trip. But alas my next vehicle won’t be a GMC as my lease ends in Feb. The ride is decent but there’s no “Utility “ in the current Acadia.
So what will the difference be between the new 3rd gen Acadia and the Yukon? Looks like they could be both of a similar size.
Finally GM is maning some sense with the Acadia. Is it for 2022?
We bought a 2019 Acadia because it fits in the garage without having to retract the sideview mirrors. The Enclave and Traverse only had manually retractable sideview mirrors. The power is sufficient to spin the front wheels and I can get 30 mpg with the 3.6 if your drive gently and keep the engine in 4 cylinder mode.
I’m driving a 2014 Acadia and need the larger size and capability — especially when towing — for fitting the family gear, and letting the 100 lbs dog lay flat is important, too. Wouldn’t even consider the Gen2 Acadia for these reasons.
Give the Gen3 Acadia:
— ~120″ wheelbase;
— 115+ cu. ft. of storage behind the first row;
— A turbo, diesel, or V8 — let’s at least compete with the Grand Cherokee or Durango and get an exciting powertrain;
— ~6,500 lbs towing capacity, but wouldn’t turn down 7,000 lbs; and,
— Revised third row seating for better legroom — maybe even a third row captain’s chairs option?
If it comes close to these specs, I’m a day one buyer. Let’s have a GMC unibody that is “professional grade” and can be a jack-of-all-trades family hauler vehicle again.
Doubt you’ll see a diesel in future offerings other than full size trucks, full size SUVs, as GM has proven with multiple smaller vehicles and diesel. I had a 2019 Equinox diesel for about 6 months, and loved it! Wife wanted something different, but now regrets getting rid of it. I now have a 2018 Cruze diesel, with 6-speed manual and over 47 mpg lifetime average after 26,000 miles. Sales numbers aren’t where GM wants them to be to keep diesels in production. He!!, they even got rid of the 2.0 turbo engine in the small CUVs, and that was at 7% of sales volume. People still think diesel is dirty and “gross” here in the states, but I miss our Equinox. GM is too focused on trying to force people into a vehicle with limited options and eventually into EV.
I’m with you this gen 2 mini Acadia sucks. There no room for cargo. My lease is about to end. I’m moving on the Traverse. Much more cargo room nearly 100 cu ft. And the rear opening is over 48” wide so no problem picking up that sheet of plywood at Lowes. I can’t believe how many SUtilityVs can’t do that. Guess the design teams didn’t know what “Utility” means. Morons!
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