GMC Debuts Mid-Size 2017 Acadia at the North American International Auto Show
Not to be outdone by Buick’s unveiling of its new 400 horsepower Avista Concept car, GMC also made a big splash at the North American International Auto Show with the debut of the more petite 2017 GMC Acadia, which has gone from a full-size to mid-size crossover.
GMC designers have shortened the 2017 Acadia’s wheelbase by 6.4 inches to 112.5 inches overall. Also, the total length of the new Acadia has been reduced by 7.2 inches, giving it a total length of 193.6 inches. Furthermore, the weight of the 2017 GMC Acadia has been reduced to 3,956 pounds, meaning it weighs 700 pounds less than its previous model.
The new mid-size Acadia will offer two engine options. The standard engine will be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder good for 194 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. For those in need of more power, a 3.6-liter V6 engine is also available, which pumps out 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Consumers have the choice between all-wheel and front-wheel drive.
GMC has also announced the 2017 Acadia will be available in a Denali trim level, as well as a new All Terrain model.
The 2017 GMC Acadia Denali will feature a dimensional chrome grille, chrome-accented door handles, six-spoke wheels, a chrome lower-rear fascia, and integrated chrome side trim. The Denali trim will also come equipped with HID lamps.
The All Terrain model comes with a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, which will provide improved off-road capabilities. The All Terrain will include seating for five and it comes with a specific All Terrain driving mode, which replaces the Off Road mode on the drive selector. GMC says the new the All Terrain driving mode will offer enhanced hill-climb capability. Furthermore, the exterior of the 2017 GMC Acadia All Terrain will feature a body-color grille surround, unique wheels, and black chrome trim.
“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.”
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