Lighter, smaller but packed with more goodies. Oh how we wish we were talking about chocolate. Instead, we’re talking about the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia.
GMC took the wraps of its midsize crossover this week in Detroit, which by the way had its best sales year ever in 2015.
The three-row crossover SUV drops 700 pounds, gets more efficient powertrains and adds enough tech toys and safety features to make everyone smile. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new all-terrain model with enhanced off-road capability.
First let’s start with size. It drops 7.2-inches in length and 6.4-inches from the wheel base. It gets 3.5-inches skinnier and 3.9-inches lower. In all it loses about 700 pounds, with a total weight of 3,956 pounds versus last years 4,656.
What this all means is that the narrower and shorter body nixes the eight seating arrangement. Instead, drivers now choose from five, six, and seven seat arrangements with an optional third row. At the same time, while it loses a seat the new Arcadia gains more cargo room. If you fold both the second and third rows down you get 79 cubic feet of cargo space. The previous model only had 70 cu-ft.
Less weight really is more in the Acadia’s case. A lighter load makes it more fuel efficient and two new powertrains help, too. The first is a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that gets a GM estimate of 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway on FWD models. There is also a more power focused choice of a 3.6-liter V6 engine with a 19 horsepower improvement to 310. Both powertrains use direct injection, variable valve timing, Stop/Start technology, six-speed automatic, and a drive mode selector.
Drivers choose between front-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive or All-Terrain model we mentioned earlier.
Now let’s talk tech. It gets a boatload of the latest safety tech with newly available Front Pedestrian Braking, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam automatic headlamp high-beam control, and Surround Vision cameras. It also continues to offer Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side blind Zone Alert, and Front and Rear Parking Assist.
Other tech goodies include a new Tow Vision Trailering system that helps drivers tow with dynamic guidelines on the rear-vision camera. Each of the three rows in the cabin offer those all-important USB charging ports. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered as well.
The 2017 Acadia is heading out for dealerships this spring.