GM is considering dropping the entry-level engine in the GMC Acadia, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with product plans.
|Engine||Fuel||Aspiration||Transmission||Horsepower @ RPM||Torque @ RPM||Axle|
|2.5L I4 LCV||Gasoline||Atmospheric||9-speed automatic M3H||193 @ 6300||188 @ 4400||3.80|
|2.0L I4 LSY||Gasoline||Turbocharged||9-speed automatic M3G||230 @ 500||258 @ 1500-4000||3.47|
|3.6L V6 LGX||Gasoline||Atmospheric||9-speed automatic M3W||308 @ 6600||270 @ 5000||3.49|
The 2021 GMC Acadia crossover is available with three gasoline engines – the naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 LCV, rated at 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY, which produces 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX, which makes 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All three are mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
The LCV is the only engine available for the Acadia in the base SL trim level. It is also the base engine for the SLE in front-wheel-drive. The SLT, AT4 and Denali trims do not include nor offer the LCV engine.
From what we hear, the LCV is likely to be dropped because it is relatively unpopular. Another argument for removing the LCV would be to bring the GMC Acadia closer in line with its closest rivals – the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander. None of these vehicles has an engine producing less than 243 horsepower, which is over 25 percent more than the LCV. It wouldn’t be a stretch to conclude that the Acadia is at a competitive disadvantage compared with its rivals because its standard power output is significantly lower.
If the LCV does end up being dropped, then it’s likely to happen during the upcoming changeover to the 2022 model year. No other major changes are expected at that time.
GMC Acadia Sales - 2020 - USA
|MODEL||YTD 20 / YTD 19||YTD 20||YTD 19|
Sales of the GMC Acadia fell by 27 percent in 2020 due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including a two-month-long factory shutdown. However, Q4 sales improved by just under 10 percent, and the crossover maintained its position as GMC’s third most popular model with 72,537 deliveries, behind the GMC Sierra pickup truck line (253,016) and the GMC Terrain crossover (86,020).