General Motors is developing a brand-new third generation for the GMC Acadia crossover, set to drop for the 2024 model year. We’ve already seen the 2024 GMC Acadia testing as a camo-clad prototype, with spy photos providing us with an early look at the new styling and design. However, one of the big questions remaining to be answered is what will be under the hood. Now, GM Authority has learned exclusive details on the engine set to power the upcoming 2024 GMC Acadia.
According to GM Authority sources, the next-gen 2024 GMC Acadia will cradle GM’s new turbocharged 2.5L I4 gasoline engine currently in the final stages of development. GM Authority was the first to report on this new engine, with specs including a dual overhead cam (DOHC) arrangement and direct fuel injection. The new turbo 2.5L engine could be considered a lower-displacement version of the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B, or a “mini L3B,” with both engines following The General’s Cylinder Set Strategy, or CSS. The current CSS lineup also includes the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T gasoline engine, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, and the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L2R gasoline engine.
The 2024 GMC Acadia’s new turbocharged 2.5L I4 gasoline engine will be tagged with RPO code LK0, and, at this point, will likely be the only engine offered for the next-gen crossover. Output will be routed through the GM nine-speed automatic transmission.
Check out the exclusive GM Authority video below for more information on the new turbo 2.5L engine:
Although official output figures for the new 2024 GMC Acadia are still forthcoming, there is still some room to speculate. Assuming the new turbocharged 2.5L I4 LK0 gasoline engine shares identical specific output as the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine (114 horsepower per liter, 159 pound-feet of torque per liter), we can estimate that the 2.5L LK0 will produce around 287 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. However, it should be remembered that this is still highly speculative.
As for the 2024 GMC Acadia, the overhauled third-gen crossover will grow in size compared to the preceding second-gen model, dropping in as a new full-sizer that takes the nameplate back to its first-gen roots. The 2024 GMC Acadia will also be more truck-like, and offer better execution of the off-road-oriented AT4 trim level.
As a reminder, the current GMC Acadia offers two engines, namely the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine. The naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 LCV was offered previously as the base engine, but it was dropped for the 2022 model year.
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