The All-New 2017 GMC Acadia
For the first time in nearly a decade, GMC revealed plans at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show to redesign their popular full-size SUV Acadia model into a more compact crossover for 2017. This model will fit in the production lineup between the smaller GMC Terrain and the larger GMC Yukon. The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia will be lighter, safer and filled with top-end features, such as forward collision alert, a heads-up display, chrome-clad aluminum wheels, a repackaged and redesigned infotainment interface and more.
A lighter and tighter build means sacrificing a degree of cargo space and the other benefits of a traditional, full-size vehicle. However, original Acadia fans and those intending to buy one of the full-size Acadias have no reason to worry; GMC has announced that the original Acadia will continue production through 2017 under the “Acadia Limited” label. This will give a chance to buyers who still wish to purchase the full-size, first generation option while putting the all-new crossover and second generation flagship model on the market. This is a smart business move for GMC as it will allow them to maintain their production schedule without sacrificing a share in the market.
According to Brian Goebel, a spokesperson for General Motors, the lifespan of the Acadia Limited is currently unknown, meaning we could still see the full-size Acadia after 2017. However, it’s likely that market shifts and trends towards smaller, more compact vehicles like the 2017 Acadia crossover will put a shorter cap on the Acadia Limited’s production window, especially if the newer model is as popular as it is predicted to be.
The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia will be available in both an All Terrain and Denali version, with the former featuring all-wheel drive and the latter being the more powerful and luxurious of the two. Both models are guaranteed to package a bold new look through comfort, versatility, prime safety features and innovative technological advances. GMC plans for this new model to go on sale this spring, and the carmaker is certain they will see continued success following the Acadia’s largest selling year in 2015 with 96,393 units sold. “It’s a shining example of GMC’s momentum, and we’re confident it will grow with the new Acadia,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.
Although the all-new 2017 Acadia has not yet arrived at dealerships, those of us here at Arnie Bauer welcome you to come visit us and discuss a plan to get you into one of those brand new crossovers as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, we have plenty of 2016 Acadia’s for you to test drive, including the powerful and bold 2016 GMC Acadia Denali.