It’s prime time for Acadia to drop its aging design and take up a new, fresh mask. However, this won’t happen before model year 2017 which marks a decade anniversary of the first generation. 2017 GMC Acadia should be somewhat different, as all next-gen models are compared to their predecessors. Still, full-size crossover will remain a full-size crossover with everything that goes with it.
The Engine range
Every single Acadia is powered by 3.6L V-6 engine which is capable of generating 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, while also managing to tow up to 5,200 pounds. 6-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board and so are both front and all-wheel drive models. Will things change for second generation; it’s hard to say. Powertrain will likely remain the same, but we could expect additional boost from it, together with, possible new transmission.
Redesign – new look & spy photos
Like any GMC, Acadia is quite a stunner. Whole car is completely bound by elegant, sleek lines. Frontal fascia is quite simple, but that’s the beauty of it. GMC’s trademark grille is combined with trapezoidal headlights. Midsection with its forward-moved pillars reveals truck-inspired design and rear end finishes as handsomely as front end. 2017 GMC Acadia will most likely break this design to some extent, but GM’s designers aren’t going to discard all that they managed to accomplish with current model. Expect overall design language to remain the same, with only some cosmetic changes.
Interior, on the other hand, will receive a new design. There’s still plenty of time before GM presents it, but expect entirely different cabin layout with, otherwise same or similar available features. Entry-level models will continue with premium cloth seats, while all other tiers will offer leather seats. Top, Denali models will even get perforated leather seats which means that they’ll offer heated and ventilated front seats as well. Top grades also benefit from aluminum and wood grain accents which should be changed for next generation. In order to get 6.5-inch touch screen display and navigation, you’ll either have to get premium Denali models or SLT trims.
However, choosing latter means that you’ll have to pay the infotainment system additionally. Denali grade even offers optional rear seat entertainment system and standard Bose 10-speaker system or optional 10-speaker 5.1 surround sound system. Safety features are rich, but that doesn’t come as a surprise considering Acadia’s size. You’ll get a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts, forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning among other options.
2017 GMC Acadia Price & MPG
2017 GMC Acadia generates solid fuel economy figures for its size, but mediocre at best overall. 17/24 mpg come from front-wheel drive models, while all-wheel drive lowers both city and highway figures by a point. Prices shouldn’t budge much. Expect base models to cost around $35,000 and Denali grades to have a price tag of $48,000. Also, all-wheel drive option will take additional $2,000.
2017 GMC Acadia will remain a large family, 8-seat crossover SUV in pretty much every segment. It shouldn’t be that different than outgoing models, but should still be more modern and offer some long sought improvements.
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