General Motors revealed the 2024 GMC Acadia last week at the 2023 North American International Auto Show, pulling the sheets on an all-new third generation complete with new styling, an overhauled cabin, and new tech features. Critically, the third-gen Acadia is also considerably larger than the preceding second-gen crossover. Now, GM Authority has uncovered the reasoning behind the decision to grow the 2024 GMC Acadia.
“We do a lot of research throughout the years to see what our customers want,” Weber told GM Authority. “We do this throughout a model’s lifecycle, not just during the launch process. We also look at segment trends. And what we see is demand for more room, and demand in the industry overall, and not just in the segment.”
“So we saw a need for more space in customer feedback, hence the larger size,” Weber added.
The bottom line seems to be that customers want something bigger when it comes to utility vehicles. As such, the 2024 GMC Acadia is longer, wider, and taller than the model which it replaces, with a wheelbase that’s 8.4 inches longer, an overall length that’s 10.6 inches longer, and an overall height that’s 3.2 inches taller. This increase to the exterior dimensions provides a good deal more space inside the cabin, including an 80-percent increase in cargo room behind the third row. Passenger capacity remains at seven to eight, depending on the configuration selected.
It’s also worth noting that the first-generation GMC Acadia was roughly the same size as the new third-generation, placing it towards the larger end of the segment. By comparison, the outgoing second-generation Acadia shrunk to more of a midsize model, albeit with three rows.
“It’s hit its objective,” said Global Vice President Duncan Aldred in an exclusive GM Authority interview earlier this year, referencing the smaller second-gen Acadia. “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 [second-gen 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.”