In 2007, GMC unveiled a three-row crossover built on the then-new Lambda platform. Dubbed Acadia, the new Suburban-lite shared the platform with the likes of the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and Chevrolet Traverse. At the time, the Acadia was completely acceptable and supplied people with what they wanted: a comfortable, attractive three-row crossover.
The crossovers leave behind the Lambda platform that has served them well to get a decade to adopt new underpinnings, recognized internally as C1. It suggests the new Acadia now shares its roots with the Cadillac XT5, to the delight of GMC engineers.
Now GMC shows up with a deflated Acadia for 2017, 7.2 inches shorter all round, 3.5 inches narrower, and with a 6.4-inch-shorter wheelbase. The company has even carved something like 700 pounds out of its previously portly unibody, mainly resulting from the size reduction but additionally by way of an increase in the percentage of high-strength steel and the use of lighter soundproofing materials. GM’s C1XX platform was launched with the Cadillac XT5 earlier this year, and this GMC version is the second to appear. There’s even an out there four-banger, but much more on that inside a bit. What remains to become observed is whether the downsized Acadia represents a leaner, meaner fighter or if GMC is sending it into battle hamstrung.
2017 GMC Acadia Design
The redesigned dashboard and center console are highlights, with soft-touch materials all through and an uncluttered, intuitive layout. There is nothing at all groundbreaking here, but GMC has resisted the urge to add unnecessary flash like a secret-handshake electronic gearshift selector or possibly a complex infotainment multicontroller. The result is sensible and simple to live with, just what you want inside a family-minded SUV.
All models come with a central infotainment touchscreen, with lower-end models finding a 7-inch unit and upgraded models receiving an inch-larger display with optional navigation. The latter incorporates a suite of downloadable apps, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, in addition to a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also nice to find out on the options list.
2017 GMC Acadia Safety
On the safety front, the 2017 Acadia gives a bounty of new model-dependent features like a Surround Vision Camera, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Automatic Braking/Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front/Rear Park Assist and a Safety Alert Seat. All variants also add an industry-first rear-seat alert system that reminds drivers about items – and/or children – that may possibly have been inadvertently left behind in the second or third row.
2017 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price
The 2017 GMC Acadia arrives in showrooms late this spring. Pricing for the base 4-cylinder front-dive-only Acadia SL will get started at $29,995 with the top-line Acadia Denali AWD opening at $47,845. The 2017 GMC Acadia is going to be created at General Motors’ Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly facility-the onetime home of Saturn.