General Motors unveiled the second-generation GMC Acadia in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show (a.k.a. Detroit Auto Show) for the 2017 model year. Now, however, the all-new third-generation 2024 GMC Acadia is just over the horizon, and GM Authority spy photographers have captured a prototype model testing on public streets, as seen in the following photos.
While this certainly isn’t the first time we’ve seen the next-gen 2024 GMC Acadia testing as a prototype, it is the first time we’ve seen it in black-and-white body-hugging camouflage, as opposed to the more obstructive black vinyl camo.
In terms of design, the 2024 GMC Acadia will introduce all-new exterior styling characterized by a new fascia with a horizontally oriented upper and lower intakes. The front lighting bits will be new as well, and appear to incorporate GMC’s C-shaped lighting signatures in the upper corners of the fascia that curve down towards the bumper. Interestingly, it looks as thought the new Acadia will not adopt a two-tiered headlight setup, standing in contrast to its corporate relative, the 2024 Chevy Traverse.
Viewed from the profile, the 2024 GMC Acadia presents a tall and tough silhouette with a straight belt line and slightly tapererd roofline. Large wheels roll in the corners, while a pair of roof rails are up top. The roofline terminates in a relatively short hatch-mounted spoiler.
In back, we can expect to find revised taillights and a restyled hatch. This 2024 GMC Acadia prototype is also equipped with a dual exhaust treatment with quad square tips.
Critically, the third-gen 2024 GMC Acadia is set to grow in size compared to the preceding second-gen model. As GM Authority was the first to report in August of 2020, and confirmed by GM late last year, the third-gen 2024 GMC Acadia will debut as a full-size crossover, as compared to the midsize second-gen model. Notably, the GMC Acadia was initially offered as a full-size three-row crossover for its first generation, while the second-gen was downsized to a mid-size model, making the full-size third-gen something of a “return to roots.”
The larger exterior dimensions will provide more interior space as well, offering three rows of seating. In addition, the 2024 GMC Acadia will offer the GM Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system, per yet another GM Authority exclusive.
As for the bits under the skin, the turbocharged 2.7l I4 L3B gasoline engine is expected to be the sole engine option offered. The second iteration of the GM C1 platform will provide the underpinnings, while production will take place at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan.