New GMC Acadia Is Sportier, With More Safety Features

Greg Gardner

GMC today took the wraps off the 2017 Acadia, a redesigned midsize crossover offering versatility and more advanced safety technologies.

The new Acadia is smaller and more car-like in its handling than the model it replaces.

There are more-efficient powertrains and three rows of seating on most models. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new all-terrain model with enhanced off-road capability.

“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand, and Acadia is a cornerstone of our success,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president for Buick and GMC.

The new Acadia goes on sale this spring, about 10 years after the first generation model launched. While many vehicles with a decade-long life cycle experience waning sales in their final year, U.S. sales for 2015 totaled 96,393, its best year ever.

This vehicle will offer GMC's first application of stop-start technology that improves fuel economy by automatically stopping the engine at full stops, while seamlessly re-starting as needed.


Detroit Free Press