Smaller, Lighter Acadia Debuts in 2017, Competes With the Pilot on Pricing

GMC Acadia

The competition in the crossover vehicle segment is fierce and no one knows that better than GM. At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, the American automaker unveiled the all-new GMC Acadia, a smaller and more fuel-efficient version of its predecessor.

The company reported record U.S. sales of 96,393 units in 2015, up 15 per cent from last year. But after rivals like the Honda Pilot began posting yearly sales figures of 136,212, it was clear the American automaker had to make some changes.

From what Arnie Bauer knows, the 2017 Acadia will be scaled down by seven inches, with a shortened wheelbase of more than 6 inches. It will also receive a width reduction of 3 inches – giving it a slight advantage over the Pilot, while losing about 700 pounds.

According to GMC, a shortened wheelbase should make the Acadia easier to maneuver in tight spaces, while the reduction in weight translates to 28 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 miles in the city – up from the previous 24 highway miles and 17 city miles. Engine specs include 2.5 liter 4 cylinder that makes 194 horsepower or for a little more power – an optional redesigned V6.

But that’s not all. The 2017 crossover will come with a lower price tag. We don’t know exactly how much the automaker tends to lower the price, but it will be less than the current sticker of $39,000. The Pilot sells for somewhere around $37,000.

“I think we can make big gains with this,” Duncan Aldred, the vice president for GMC, said in an interview at the Detroit auto show, where the new SUV was unveiled. “I was concerned that we had the formula right, so why change it? But our competition is selling 50 percent more of them than we are.”

But make no mistake, the Acadia had a great year in 2015 and enjoys 24.2 percent of the large CUV segment and 16.7 percent of overall U.S. CUV sales. The redesigned Acadia will now seat up to seven passengers, instead of eight and continue to offer “Professional Grade” interior and exterior styling. The 2017 version will feature a chrome-trimmed grill, wrap-around rear side windows, dark D-pillars and the upgraded Denali model gets a dimensional chrome grill, chrome, integrated chrome side trim, chrome-accented door handles,

There’s no shortage of technology in this vehicle, with its available CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone pairing, and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, while safety capabilities have been significantly enhanced by three kinds of braking systems, a safety alert seat, surround vision cameras and lane assist.

With a customer-inspired design and greater user experience, Arnie Bauer believes these changes simply make a great vehicle, even better.


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