GMC Acadia CUV is lean and lively with new All Terrain model
Bob Plunkett, Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:07:11 PST
Following nine years in production, the unibody 5-door GMC Acadia crossover utility vehicle reduces bulk and breadth to forge a lean and lively second-generation 2017 Acadia aimed at the center of the mid-size CUV segment.
This Acadia 2.0 measures 7.2 inches shorter in length, 3.5 inches briefer in width and 6.6 inches lower in height. Despite these spatial reductions, the revamped Acadia retains a generous passenger compartment fitted with two or three rows of seats for five to seven riders plus a wagonload of luxurious fittings and high-tech electronics.
The new version of Acadia sheds some 700 pounds in weight, which translates to improved fuel economy figures.
GMC continues to offer a powerful V6 engine to motivate the revised Acadia, yet there's also available a new standard Ecotec 2.5-liter in-line-4 plant with fuel efficiency scores climbing to 26 miles per gallon.
The 2017 Acadia CUV offers traction choices of standard FWD (front-wheel-drive) or on-demand AWD (all-wheel-drive) using GMC's new Active Twin Clutch AWD rig.
Every 2017 Acadia model gains a new drive mode selector, which lets the driver alter chassis and powertrain attributes to suit various road conditions. For FWD models the modes are Normal (2x4), Snow, Sport and Trailer/Tow; AWD models show modes of 2x4 (AWD disconnect), 4x4, Sport, Off Road and Trailer/Tow.
Trim nomenclature on Acadia '17 expands to include three editions: The well-equipped base model Acadia, a leather-lined luxe version Acadia Denali, and a new Acadia All Terrain edition with expanded off-road capability.
GMC builds the 2017 Acadia on a new lighter-weight integral body-frame structure with the shorter length and narrower width designed to increase maneuverability and make parking easier. Vehicle handling improves with the fully independent suspension using MacPherson struts up front and a new 5-link rear arrangement plus optional electronic continuous damping control.
Brakes consist of a disc at every wheel with Duralife rotors and low-drag brake calipers, plus an electronic park brake and electronic links to an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution, a traction control system and electronic skid controls.
Numerous safety technologies from previous Acadia issues carry forward on the option list of the second-generation Acadia, such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Front and Rear Parking Assist. Still, more devices are available for 2017 models: Forward Automatic Braking (available on Denali), Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam automatic headlamp high-beam control, Surround Vision camera and a Safety Alert Seat.
Further, the optional new Tow Vision Trailering system makes hitching a snap using a rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines to line up the hitch with the trailer.
The new standard engine for 2017 Acadia issues is a high-tech Ecotec 2.5-liter cast aluminum 4-in-line plant which develops 194 hp at 6300 rpm and 190 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. The General Motors engine features dual overhead cams (DOHC), electronic throttle control (ETC), high-pressure direct injection (HPDI) technology and variable valve timing (VVT). Also, GM's new stop/start technology automatically stops and starts the engine when the vehicle is at rest in traffic stops. Transaxle is a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic, the Hydra-Matic 6T50.
The optional aluminum 3.6-liter V6 engine with DOHC, ETC, HPDI and VVT, also employs GM's Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation. This plant generates 310 hp at 6600 rpm, with torque peaking to 271 lb-ft at 5000 rpm. Add the 6-speed Hydra-Matic 6T70 electronic automatic transmission and Acadia earns EPA fuel economy estimates of 18/25 mpg city/highway in the FWD edition, or the same 18/25 mpg city/highway with AWD equipment.
Acadia's passenger compartment has room for two or three rows of seats and a rear bay for cargo. Broad buckets flank a console on the first row, a split-folding Smart Slide bench or two captain's chairs go on the second row and an optional folding bench split 50/50 works on Row 3.
Acadia's new All Terrain model stocking the AWD system with Active Twin Clutch wears a body-color grille surround, black chrome trim and unique wheels. The cabin features exclusive 5-passenger seating, special interior trim accents and covered storage bins in the rear cargo floor.
The MSRP chart for GMC's 2017 Acadia line extends from $29,995 (Acadia FWD) to $47,845 (Acadia Denali AWD).