Approximately one in every four examples of the 2021 GMC Acadia crossover sold in the United States so far has been fitted with the optional Elevation Edition Package.
GM Authority exclusively revealed the existence of the package in July of last year, and published the first images later that month. The Acadia Elevation Edition takes advantage of the current fashion for replacing bright/chrome elements on vehicle exteriors with black ones, and includes the following equipment:
- 20-inch aluminum wheels with Black accents
- 20-inch all-season blackwall tires
- Black GMC center caps with black GMC lettering
- Black grille
- Gloss Black roof rails
- Black exterior accents
The package is available only for the GMC Acadia in the SLE and SLT trim levels, but not the base SL, the rugged AT4 or the range-topping Denali. It is priced at $1,495 for the SLE and $1,345 for the SLT.
Sales Results - Q1 2021 - USA - GMC
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The Acadia was GMC‘s second most popular model in the U.S. in Q1 of 2021, with 19,956 units sold. This put it well behind the GMC Sierra pickup truck, but 1,498 units ahead of the GMC Yukon full-size SUV.
The 2021 Acadia received several minor rolling model year updates, making it only slightly different from the 2020 GMC Acadia, which received a more comprehensive refresh, otherwise known as a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE). It is built at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee, and rides on the regular wheelbase, narrow track version of the GM C1 platform, which it shares with the 2021 Cadillac XT5.
For the 2021 Acadia, customers have a choice of three 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 makes 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the atmospheric 3.6L V6 LGX, which produces 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All three are paired with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. For the 2022 model year, the base LCV engine will be deleted, as GM Authority was first to report.
Generally speaking, the GMC Acadia is offered in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations, but the AT4 is available only with all-wheel-drive.