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Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse Not Likely to Get GMC Acadia Slim-Down Treatment

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GMC has unveiled the new mid-size 2017 Acadia at the Detroit Auto Show

2017 GMC Acadia Denali
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After the 2017 GMC Acadia was revealed as being slimmer, lighter, and smaller, it raised the question of whether the same fate would befall its General Motors cousins, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse. According to Mark Reuss, GM’s global product chief, probably not.

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Reuss spoke with Automotive News about potential downsizing for both the Enclave and the Traverse, saying, “The brand separation in size and mission and the positioning of these vehicles has never been more differentiated.”

This is probably best interpreted as a no, if we had to put a fine point on it.

According to Auto News, analysts predict that the next-gen Enclave and Traverse will be built on an elongated version of the 2017 Acadia’s platform, which will allow Chevrolet to introduce a new midsize crossover to sit between the Equinox and Traverse. Buick, meanwhile, will launch the midsize Envision crossover this year.

The upcoming 2017 GMC Acadia will be roughly 7 inches shorter and 700 pounds lighter than the current model, and Ruess has suggested that the addition of an All Terrain model indicates a shift toward closer competition with Jeep. It is scheduled to hit showrooms across the country later this spring. The current-generation model set a new full-year sales record in 2015.

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