2017 GMC Acadia Shrinks, Loses 700 LBS

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GMC rolled out the all-new smaller and lighter 2017 Acadia today at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. 

Built on a new platform, the 2017 Acadia is about 6 inches shorter than the current version, while the curb weight is down 700 pounds to sit at 3,956 pounds when equipped with front-wheel drive. GMC shrunk the Acadia so that it plays directly in the midsize crossover segment and now sits directly between the Terrain and Yukon, though five, six and seven-passenger versions are all available.

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Under the hood, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder comes standard with 194 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque while a 3.6-liter V6 is also available with 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. GM predicts the Acadia will get 28 mpg on the highway with the four-cylinder engine. Both motors are hooked to six-speed automatic transmissions.

2016 Detroit Auto Show Coverage 

Moving inside, GMC has fit the Acadia with a split-folding second row seat and a 50/50-split third row seat that folds flat, offering 79 cubic feet of cargo room. Two other new features include a small pull-out storage drawer located at the rear of the center console and a new seat alert system which will remind the driver is anything has been left in the third row.

For technology, the latest version of GMC’s Intellilink system is used which can run both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A unique All Terrain version of the Acadia has also been revealed that gets its own styling and some off-road specific features. It uses an active twin-clutch setup all-wheel drive system that is said to optimize traction. A special off-road mode is included on this model which offers enhanced hill-climb capability. These models are distinguished by a body-color grille surround, black chrome trim and special wheels.

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  • Christopher Schaffer

    There is another article about this vehicle on another website that said that GM used “high-strength steels in order to help lose all of that weight”, but then goes on to say that the vehicle has shrunk in every dimension. Sounds like the “miraculous weight lose” is more due the latter than the former. Still looks nice except that tone of blue/green.

  • johnls39 .

    Not sure if I am sold on the design but is nice overall.