2017 GMC Acadia — 4 Reasons Why It’s Worth Waiting For
According to the latest reports, the next generation of the GMC Acadia will be released during 2016 as a 2017 model. Currently, the available information about the 2017 GMC Acadia is modest, but some of the features are already known. Since the redesigned Acadia will be a new generation, the automaker will make it really modern and fresh. This means that the 2017 Acadia will, aside from the new appearance, get some new, more fundamental changes, such as the platform and the powertrain. Of course, everything about the SUV is still secret, because the release date is still far away, but the rumors and the conclusions based on the fragmented news can be a source of information which could help us anticipate how the redesigned GMC Acadia will look like and what are the most important improvements which will make the next generation more attractive. As far as we know, those are the reasons why the 2017 GMC Acadia is worth waiting for.
2017 GMC Acadia Exterior Change and Interior Improvements
The 2017 GMC Acadia redesign will certainly significantly improve the crossover’s appearance. It’s not clear whether the redesign will be radical or they’re going to make it mild, but it’s sure that the new Acadia’s exterior will be based on the current model’s appearance to some extent. It’s safe to say the body of the redesigned 2017 GMC Acadia will be crafted in an evolutionary way, following the design guidelines of the predecessors. The rumors about the redesign claim that the SUV is going to get better aerodynamics and a different design approach with more aggressive style. The 2017 Acadia could get a completely new front fascia with a new, smaller grille. The overall body shape probably won’t be drastically different. It should retain the current Acadia lines, which make the SUV a bit boxy, but still curvy and smooth. This kind of body shape provides more space inside, so the new Acadia’s cabin is expected to be at least equally spacious as the current one. The automaker will install the latest technology in order to improve the experience and comfort of the driver and occupants. That’s why the SUV will get the OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, the standard Tremendous Cruise system and a lot of other gadgets and systems which will make the 2017 GMC Acadia more convenient and safer.
Radical Improvement Thanks To C1XX Platform
Deep below the surface, the 2017 GMC Acadia will hide a new platform. The platform will be shared with the new Cadillac XT5. If you’re not familiar with the name, that’s because they’ve renamed the Cadillac SRX. The new C1XX platform is a scalable basic architecture which will underpin the XT5 and the 2017 Acadia. Since there won’t be just this one version of the platform, the modified versions will underpin the Chevy Traverse, the Buick Enclave and some other new models. The C1XX platform (aka the Chi platform) will provide better underpinning, performance and fuel economy due to its lower weight. The automaker took seriously its development, so the platform will be one of the most important features of the new 2017 GMC Acadia.
2017 GMC Acadia Gets Revolutionary New Transmission
The next generation won’t be fuel efficient just because of the new platform. The manufacturer will install the latest nine-speed automatic transmission they’d been developing together with Ford. The nine-speed gearbox won’t bring just better fuel economy. It’s supposed to improve the Acadia’s performance. This complex piece of mechanics will be one of the highlights when the redesigned Acadia hits the showrooms.
Engine Range Expansion and Possible Hybrid Version
The engine range will be expanded. At this moment, we don’t know exact specs of the engines that will be available with the 2017 GMC Acadia, but the expectations are that the current 3.6-liter V6 engine will be accompanied by two new mills. One of those will be a twin-turbo V6 powerplant which is expected to deliver more power than the current V6. Although there are some speculations about a possible hybrid version, at this moment it’s impossible to say anything about it. If they decide to go with the 2017 GMC Acadia Hybrid, that would be a great addition to the range and yet another choice for those who’d like a green SUV. The expansion of the engine lineup is a promising hint which reveals that the 2017 Acadia could come with significantly improved performance and more power. Reportedly, the redesigned Acadia will come with a new exhaust system, too.
2017 GMC Acadia Release and Premiere
The 2017 GMC Acadia will probably be released sometime in 2016. Of course, this is just a rough estimation, since there’s no official information about the new Acadia’s release date and the current stage of the development. However, the rumors say that the redesigned 2017 Acadia might be unveiled sooner than it’s been expected, but it seems that it couldn’t be available before late 2016. Its premiere might take place at one of the most important auto shows by mid-2016.