In America, we are accustomed to things getting bigger over time, let it be our food, furniture, clothes, or homes. This ideology is also strong in the automotive industry as well. When the board members at major automotive firms green light a new model to replace an existing model, the engineers and marketers always find ways to boast about how much bigger their new vehicle is compared to its predecessor. However, that is not the case with GMC engineers and designers because the new 2017 Acadia three-row crossover is actually smaller than its predecessor (you didn’t see that coming? Did you?).
GMC engineers claim that the new 2017 Acadia is up to 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor thanks to the expanded usage of press-hardened, high-strength steel. This process enabled the engineers to use “thinner components in some areas” without compromising the vehicle’s strength, while also reducing the crossover’s overall mass.
Compared to the old Acadia, the new one’s wheelbase is 6.4 inches shorter, overall length has been cut by 7.2 inches, and the width has been narrowed by 3.5 inches. The obvious result of the reduction in the exterior dimensions is a more cramped interior. Every interior dimension in the new GMC Acadia is smaller and narrower than before, however the second-row leg room and headroom dimensions remain unchanged in models without a sunroof. Maximum cargo space with the second and third row seats folded has also gone down from 116 cubic feet to just 79 cubic feet.
The interior of the 2017 GMC Acadia is designed with family in mind and features USB charging ports in all three rows of seats, a split-folding second row seats with easy-entry mode makes getting in and out of third row seats a breeze. Additionally, the passenger-side second row seat can flip forward and slide even with a child seat installed. The third row seats can be easily folded flat with release handles in the cargo bay. GMC interior designers have also fitted additional storage bins in the aft end of the center console, the side that faces the rear seats.
The base engine in 2017 GMC Acadia is a new naturally aspirated 2.5 : four-cylinder engine with 194 horsepower. Optional engine is a new 3.6 L six-cylinder unit, which is estimated to produce around 310 horsepower.
The EPA have not released official fuel efficiency ratings for the new Acadia models, but General Motors claims that front-wheel-drive and four-cylinder Acadia models with standard stop/start system will achieve 22 mpg in city and 28 mpg highway. The front-wheel-drive, six-cylinder Acadia models with Active Fuel Management achieves 17 mpg in city and 25 mpg highway.
Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to the front wheels as standard or optionally to all four wheels. The GMC Acadia’s AWD system has been improved for 2017 and is now handled by a new “Active Twin Clutch” system. In AWD models, the dual clutches handle the distribution of engine’s torque across the rear axle.
A new drive-mode selector enables front-wheel-drive operation via all-wheel-drive by decoupling the rear axle to save fuel during light loads, and it also features 4×4 (all-wheel-drive), sport, off-road, and trailer/tow modes. Drive-mode selector in front-wheel-drive models consist of normal, snow, sport, and trailer/tow modes.
Depending on the selected trim level (SLT, Denali, and new All Terrain), the 2017 GMC Acadia is loaded with a host of active and passive safety features. Low-speed emergency braking capability is standard on Acadia SLT-2 and Denali trims. All-speed emergency braking comes standard on Acadia Denali models. New safety features include pedestrian detection, a following-distance indicator, automatic high beam control, 360 degree parking camera, and a “rear seat alert” that notifies the driver if they left something in the second or third row seats. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision alert are carried over from the previous generation Acadia.
The smaller, lighter, and more powerful 2017 GMC Acadia three-row crossover will go on sale in Spring. As of this writing, GMC has not announced any official pricing for the new Acadia, but it is safe to estimate that the new model will cost around the same as the previous Acadia.
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