General Motors pulled the sheets on the all-new 2024 GMC Acadia at the recent 2023 North American International Auto Show, introducing a wealth of updates and changes for the crossover. Among the updates are larger exterior dimensions, with the next-gen Acadia growing considerably over the previous model. Interestingly, the larger GMC Acadia creates space in the GMC lineup that could be filled by the new GMC Jimmy – if it weren’t cancelled, that is.
The 2024 GMC Acadia is now longer, wider, and taller than the outgoing second-generation GMC Acadia, with the wheelbase extended by 8.4 inches, the overall length stretched by 10.6 inches, and the overall height increased by 3.2 inches. With the third-gen Acadia returning to larger dimensions that are more in line with the first-generation Acadia, including an overall length of 204 inches, a new whitespace is created between the third-gen Acadia and the next-generation GMC Terrain, the latter of which is expected to stay in the compact segment around 182 inches in overall length.
For those readers who may be unaware, “whitespace” is a term that marketers and product planners use to describe a gap in a product lineup between two models. Critically, the whitespace between the next-generation 2024 GMC Acadia and next-generation Terrain would have been filled by the new GMC Jimmy, which was projected to be around 192 inches in terms of overall length.
Alas, General Motors canceled development of the new GMC Jimmy before a new product was ever created, with funds instead going towards investments into new electric vehicle technology and autonomous vehicle technology. The new GMC Jimmy was originally expected to launch around the 2022 calendar year in conjunction with the launch of the next-generation 2023 GMC Canyon, and it even would have offered a V8 engine, per an exclusive GM Authority report. GM Authority even went so far as to render what the new GMC Jimmy could have looked like.
For now, there are no known plans to fill the midsize utility whitespace between the next-generation GMC Terrain and next-generation GMC Acadia. Notably, this isn’t the only whitespace in the current GMC lineup, with the automaker continuing to mull over a possible new subcompact crossover to slot in below the Terrain, per yet another GM Authority exclusive.