When an automaker decides to overhaul a model and replace it
with a new one, we often expect the new model to be bigger
particularly in the SUV segment. However, GMC did completely
The new Acadia has reduced in length and also it has lost
significant weight (around 700 pounds). This goes to say that
bigger is not always better. The new vehicle is built on GM’s
new ‘Chi’ architecture which replaces the outdated ‘Lambda’
The new 2017 GMC Acadia is offered in either 5-seat or 7-seat
passenger configurations though a 6-seat configuration is
offered as an option. The crossover is offered in SLT2, SLT,
SLE2, SLE, SL and Denali trim levels.
2017 GMC Acadia Exterior
Extensive use of high-strength steel is what has enabled GMC to
achieve the dramatic weight loss. Its reduction in size has
also contributed. The new 2017 GMC Acadia is Mid-Size SUV,
193.6 inches long which makes it 7.2 inches shorter than
the outgoing model. Its width and height have also been reduced
by 3.5 inches and 3.9 inches respectively. The vehicle rides on
a 112.5-inch wheelbase which is 7.2 inches shorter than that of
the 2016 model.
In addition to the new chassis and reduced weight and
dimensions, the new Acadia has a more refined profile. At the
front, the new Acadia features a redesigned chromed grille
which is flanked by wraparound headlights. Halogen projector
headlights are offered as standard but the Denali trim gets HID
headlights. All trim levels feature LED DRLs.
The side profile features squared-off and flared wheel arches.
At the rear, the vehicle features wraparound windows and dark
D-pillars as well as redesigned C-shaped taillights .All trims
except the Denali ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Denali
trim features a dimensional chrome grille, 6-spoke, 20-inch
aluminum wheels and an extensive use of chrome on door handles,
on the sides and on the lower rear fascia.
2017 GMC Acadia Interior
GMC has designed the new Acadia cabin to be very functional.
While the outgoing models were offered in three rows of seating
accommodating 8 passengers, the new Acadia will be availed in
either 2 rows accommodating five passengers or 3 rows
accommodating either 6 or 7 passengers.
The second-row seats have a split-folding capability and can
also slide forward to allow easy access to the third row. The
third row has a 50/50 split-folding capability and can be
folded flat to increase cargo space from 12.8 cubic feet to
41.7 cubic feet. Folding the second row seats which has 60/40
split-folding capability expands the cargo space to 79 cubic
The vehicle also features a pull-out storage drawer on the rear
center console. There is also a new rear seat alert that
reminds the driver if an item is left on the rear seats. All
three rows get USB charging ports. For connectivity, the Acadia
features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which are integrated
with its GMC IntelliLink system and the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi
On safety matters, the Acadia adds front pedestrian braking,
forward automatic braking (on Denali alone) a Safety Alert
Seat, a surround vision camera system, following-distance
indicator, IntelliBeam automatic headlights and forward
automatic braking (on SLT-2 and Denali trims). These features
join the current safety tech package which includes lane keep
assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning,
blind-spot alert and front and rear parking assist.
What’s more, the new Acadia also features a Tow Vision
Trailering system which uses a camera to help when hitching up
to a trailer and also allows the driver to monitor trailer when
The new GMC Acadia will be offered with two drive-train
options. The smaller Acadia will be offered with a
direct-injected 2.5 L inline-4 engine. The engine comes good
with 194 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be
offered in both FWD and AWD. The automaker estimates the engine
to return 22 mpg in city and 28 mpg on highway drives for FWD
models though official EPA ratings are yet to be released.
The 3.6 L V-6 rated at 288 hp on the outgoing models is set to
be replaced by a more potent 3.6 L V-6. The new engine is
estimated to produce 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. The model
is estimated to return 17 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highway
drives for FWD models which is a slight improvement from the
Official output and fuel economy ratings will be released
later. Models featuring the V-6 are can tow as much as much as
4,000 pounds. Both engines will be paired to a 6-speed
automatic transmission system. The models will be offered in
FWD as standard and AWD as an option. Further, the vehicle is
offered in various driving modes. FWD models are offered in
Normal, Snow, Sport and Tow/Trailer modes while AWD models
feature 2×4 (AWD disconnect), 4×4, Off Road and Tow/Trailer
Price and release date
GMC has not announced the 2017 GMC Acadia official prices as of
this writing. We expect the automaker to shed more light on
this information at the Chicago Auto Show which starts on
13th of February to 21st February.
However, we don’t expect the price to vary much from the
outgoing model which has a starting price of $ 32,000 for the
base SLT2 trim.
Whether the new changes will help the model sell more units
remains to be seen. The GMC Acadia 2017 will hit dealerships in
the second half of 2016.