By Ken Chester Jr., — Motor News Media
GMC has introduced the all-new 2017 Acadia – a reimagined crossover aimed at the heart of the midsize segment, designed to offer great versatility and refinement, with more advanced safety technologies. The new Acadia offers more-efficient powertrains, while continuing to offer three rows of seating on most models. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new All Terrain model offering enhanced off-road capability.
The Acadia crossover has been resized for 2017, offering customers a midsize crossover positioned between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon. Depending on the model, it is available with five-, six- or seven-passenger seating. The new Acadia is 700 pounds lighter than the current model, offering greater maneuverability than the first-generation model.
The new Acadia offers a greater emphasis on refinement, while remaining instantly recognizable with an evolution of the vehicle’s signature, professional grade design cues such as a chrome-trimmed grille, squared off and flared wheel arches and a wraparound rear side windows with dark D-pillars. New dimensional grilles and wraparound headlamps – HID lamps on Denali and halogen projectors on other models – reinforce the confident, refined appearance, while standard LED signature lighting on all models reflect GMC’s premium attributes. Complementing C-shape rear lighting graphics add a cohesive detail to the design.
Premium cues distinguish the Acadia Denali. Like all Denali models, it features a dimensional chrome grille, along with integrated chrome side trim, chrome-accented door handles, a chrome lower-rear fascia and specific six-spoke wheels.
Power for the GMC crossover is generated by a new, 2.5L four-cylinder engine bolted to a HydraMatic 6T50 six-speed automatic transmission bolstered by GMC’s first application of Stop/Start technology, which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving. A new, available 3.6L V-6 engine mated to a HydraMatic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission that is more powerful and efficient than the current model.
The new Acadia retains a front-drive layout with available all-wheel drive. All models feature a new drive mode selector, which allows the driver to alter chassis and powertrain attributes to suit a variety of driving conditions. Front-drive models offer Normal (2×4), Snow, Sport and Trailer/Tow modes, while AWD models offer 2×4 (AWD disconnect), 4×4, Sport, Off Road and Trailer/Tow modes. The AWD disconnect mode effectively disconnects the rear axle from the drive system to save fuel. On-demand AWD capability can be reapplied on the go by switching the drive mode selector to 4×4 mode.
Built on a new, lighter body structure, the new Acadia’s driving dynamics are more responsive, while its shorter length and narrower width enable greater maneuverability, for easier turning in parking decks and easier parking in home garages. The body structure incorporates press-hardened, high-strength steels, which allowed thinner components in some areas offering comparable or better crash performance than conventional materials. New splayed front frame rails also contribute to crashworthiness. They flare outward to provide effective folding and crushing performance during small overlap frontal crash situations.
Inside the passenger cabin, each model features unique interior color and trim combinations and incorporate authentic aluminum trim. The 2017 Acadia builds on a legacy of intuitive functionality, with new features such as a split-folding second-row seat that improves on the original Smart Slide feature of the current model. It offers greater flexibility, including the capability of the curbside seat sliding and tilting forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, while the driver-side section tips and slides forward for easier access to the third row.
The 50/50-split third-row seat folds flat for a completely flat load floor behind the second row and when the second row is also folded, there’s 79 cubic feet (2,237 liters) of cargo room. Levers at the rear of the vehicle make it easier to fold the second- and third-row seats.
Additional solutions range from simple to technologically advanced. The rear of the center console, for example, features a unique pull-out storage drawer. It is accessible to rear-seat passengers and allows items such as electronic devices and small toys to be stored out of sight, for greater security and reduced clutter. As a contemporary crossover designed for families on the go, the 2017 Acadia offers the latest active safety features to protect them, as well as the latest technologies to keep them connected.
Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 112.5; overall length: 193.6; width: 75.4; height: 68.7
All vehicle measurements are in inches.
Engine: Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder – 194 hp at 6300 rpm and 190 lbs-ft of torque at 4400 rpm; 3.6L V6 – 310 hp at 6600 rpm and 271 lbs-ft of torque at 5000.
Transmission: six-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder – 21 city/26 hwy. (FWD), 21 city/25 hwy. (AWD); 3.6L V6 – 18 city/25 hwy.
Cargo capacity: 79.0 cubic feet