General Motors downsized the GMC Acadia for the crossover’s second generation, with the second-gen model slotting in a full segment size smaller than its predecessor. Now, according to Global Vice President of Buick, GMC, and GMC Hummer EV at General Motors, Duncan Aldred, the GMC Acadia “hit its objective” from a business perspective.
During a recent interview with GM Executive Editor Alex Luft, Aldred was asked whether the current, smaller GMC Acadia has performed better from a business perspective than the previous generation, the latter of which was notably larger.
“It’s hit its objective,” Aldred said. “I wouldn’t say if it was more or less successful, actually [when compared to the larger, first-gen Acadia].”
“What I did like about the [current, smaller Acadia] though is that it did give differentiation within the General Motors stable, and I always think that’s a good thing,” Aldred added. “The more differentiation we have, I tend to like that.”
During the interview, Luft suggested that the current GMC Acadia was a better fit for the Buick-GMC portfolio, which is something to consider given most GMC dealers are also Buick dealers.
“That’s exactly right. When you look at Buick-GMC, you know, Buick is the bigger one, GMC is the slightly smaller, much more in line with the Toyota [Highlander], for example,” Aldred responded. “We’ve been very happy with it as it’s gone through its lifecycle.”
Aldred’s comments follow comments made by national marketing manager at GMC Canada, Mark Alger, in 2019, when GM Authority asked Alger if downsizing the GMC Acadia had negatively impacted sales. At the time, Alger responded that Acadia sales “have remained steady even with its new size.”
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With regard to exterior dimensions, the second-generation GMC Acadia measures in with an overall length of 193.6 inches and an overall width of 75.4 inches, as compared to an overall length of 200.8 inches and an overall with of 78.9 inches for the first-gen model.
Looking ahead, the upcoming third-generation GMC Acadia will debut with larger dimensions than the current second-gen model, once again returning the nameplate to the full-size segment.