2017 GMC Acadia Changes, Release Date

GMC Acadia is no longer completely new name; it has been in the market for almost a decade now. It was initially launched in 2006 and ever since then it has gained a lot of popularity and currently has a lot of following. It underwent a face lift in 2013, when it was unveiled at Chicago Auto Show, which gave this large crossover a completely new design and appearance. With 2017 GMC Acadia all set to launch in near future, car enthusiasts are excited and they are anticipating an overhaul which will give it a new look and fresh engine lineup. Acadia is the third most popular model from GMC after the Sierra and Terrain SUV. Its sales continue to be strong, with 80000 units sold in each of last 2 years. Similar sales result is expected for current model. However, it is quite clear that the customers will eventually realize that current generation of this model is old, even though a refresh was brought in 2013 with LED lights and upgraded technology. It is up against stiff competitors, especially from the likes of Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.

2017 GMC Acadia front view

2017 GMC Acadia – Platform and Design:

2017 GMC Acadia is based on large/ mid-size C1XX platform. This platform might allow extended wheel base version along with the standard version, although it’s not a certainty. The only thing currently known is that this platform will reduce some inches in dimension.

Some measures will also be incorporated for decreasing the body weight, which should improve driving dynamics. As far as exterior appearance is concerned, it will have a sturdy look just like other GMC models. Flared fenders and brawny shoulders will enhance its muscular appearance.

Tapering from front to rear of the vehicle’s body are some deep lines, which makes the exterior look considerably look different. However, majority of changes will be brought to its interior rather than it’s exterior. Its center stack will be better organized and visually cleaner as compared to previous models along with better looking gear shift. Even though detailed information about interior is not currently available, 2017 GMC Acadia SUV will surely receive push button start feature.

2017 GMC Acadia interior

2017 GMC Acadia – Powertrain Configuration:

It is expected that a 3.6 liter V6 engine with direct injection will be replacing the present 3.6 liter engine, although with over 300 HP of output. The current model generates maximum of 288 HP.

With reduced curb weight, a 2 liter 4 cylinder turbo charged engine from Buick Regal and Cadillac ATS could make an appearance on base and mid trim levels, especially the ones with FWD. 2017 GMC Acadia can come with 8 speed automatic transmission, although 6 speed auto transmission could continue on base models. The 8 speed unit could only be restricted to Denali and SLT. However, the possibility of 8 speed being available all around cannot be ruled out.

2017 GMC Acadia side view

2017 GMC Acadia – Release Date and Price:

Even though there is no information available currently regarding the release date of 2017 GMC Acadia, it is expected to make an appearance in the market by the middle of 2016. Pricing details are yet to be revealed.

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