GM Authority spy photographers have caught new photos of the next-generation GMC Acadia testing, with our gallery confirming General Motors has decided to reinvent the crossover as a larger, full-size offering.
This GMC Acadia prototype features a lengthened wheelbase over the current, second-generation model, which was introduced for the 2017 model year. This has made room for a more spacious third row of seating, along with additional rear cargo space. While this early prototype is draped in a significant amount of camouflage, concealing much of its exterior styling, it’s clear the future GMC Acadia will take on a slightly boxier, upright shape inspired by the GMC Yukon. With a longer wheelbase and more room for a third-row, the GMC Acadia will be set to compete with popular offerings like the Hyundai Palisade. This prototype also features a set of new directional alloy wheels and dual, single-outlet exhausts.
The GMC Acadia has been a somewhat peculiar General Motors product over its two generations. The first-generation model launched for the 2007 model year as a full-size, three-row crossover, however GM overhauled the Acadia as a midsize crossover for the second generation, reducing its length by 7.2 inches and its width by 3.5 inches. This new model looks set to grow in size once again, build on a modified version of the GM C1 platform.
Under the hood, we expect this redesigned GMC Acadia to utilize GM 3.6L LGXV6 gasoline with automatic engine stop/start functionality. The GM 9-speed automatic transmission will likely send power to the front wheels as standard or all four wheels with optional all-wheel-drive. A more economical four-cylinder engine optional may also be offered, likely GM’s turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LSY engine.
The GMC Acadia is built alongside the Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6 at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee. We expect this plant to continue producing the Acadia nameplate after the lengthened, third-generation model seen here arrives for the 2024 model year.