The 2016 North American International Auto Show has come and gone but its left plenty to talk about. The biggest talk for the GMC brand surrounds the new and improved Acadia crossover. The brand well-known for its truck and utility vehicles is pushing for a stronger contender in the hottest segment today.
The 2017 GMC Acadia is seven inches shorter than its predecessor and drops 700 pounds as well. While it may be shorter, it’s still larger than the GMC Terrain.
In addition to a new design, there will be three rows of seating on most models, more efficient powertrains, the return of the Denali luxury trim, and a new all-terrain model.
The design itself, which features flared wheel arches and wraparound rear side windows, is customer-influenced according to the director of design.
“It’s a confident design influenced by extensive customer input,” said Helen Emsley, executive director of GMC design. “The original Acadia was very truck-inspired, but the new model has a decidedly SUV influence conveyed in sculptural details, softened corners and a sleeker windshield angle.”
The GMC Acadia may have debuted a decade ago but customers aren’t tired of it if the model’s sales are anything to go by. Nearly 100,000 Acadias were sold in 2015, making it the model’s best year ever.