When the fully redesigned 2017 GMC Acadia hits the market this spring, the last-generation model won’t be disappearing.
Instead, the current Acadia (seen above) will be called the Acadia Limited and will be sold alongside the new, smaller 2017 Acadia, GMC spokesman Brian Goebel confirmed to Automotive News. The new 2017 Acadia has been made smaller to better fit into the midsize SUV market where it will compete with other SUVs like the Honda Pilot.
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This decision to sell the Acadia Limited was made to keep manufacturing moving along smoothly. The new Acadia is going to be built in Spring Hill, Tenn., while the current Acadia is built in Lansing, Mich., alongside its platform siblings the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse. Canceling the old Acadia now would leave a hole in Lansing’s production schedule, so it will still be built until the brand can find a new product to fill the hole.
“Given the fact that those sister vehicles will continue their production, the current Acadia will continue to be built to offer another option for our customers,” Goebel said to Automotive News.
The next-generation Traverse and Enclave are set to arrive by mid-2017, which will probably spell the demise of the Acadia Limited.
[Source: Automotive News]
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