GMC’s Acadia was revised just two years ago, but sluggish sales in the U.S. have led GM’s truck division to refresh it again for the 2020 model-year.
We got a first look at the new edition when we participated in the media lunch for the GMC Sierra AT4 in January, but the information we were provided was under embargo, until now.
The changes have mainly to do with the exterior styling and some added equipment inside, as well as the introduction of a new version and a new engine configuration.
Visually the changes start with a larger front grille and headlights that are more rectangular than before. Those lights also integrate an LED signature (with the letter C). Less notable are changes to the rear lights and to the design of the 18-inch or 20-inch wheels.
Inside, the model, which can accommodate either five, six or seven occupants depending on the configuration chosen, now features a digital gear selector with buttons. This frees up space and streamlines the presentation of the central console. The multimedia system is also new, and GMC promises a more intelligent and intuitive operation. Its menus are accessed via an 8-inch touchscreen. Another promise made by the manufacturer is improved performance by the voice recognition system.
A head-up display will be available as an option, only not at launch, so you’ll have to wait if you want that feature. In the meantime it will be able to get a 15-watt wireless smartphone charging system, while buyers of the Denali version can switch out a traditional rearview mirror for one that allows for a camera view.
In keeping with the company’s strategy across its product line, the Acadia will come in an AT4 version. It gets a few distinctive esthetic touches, for instance a unique grille with black trim, plastics mouldings on the chassis and 17-inch alloy wheels. Also available are 20-inch wheels.
A new 4-cylinder
GMC is boosting the product offering with the addition of a new 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine with an output of 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This unit will work in tandem with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which means the 6-speed unit has been retired.
We’ll be getting more information on the 2020 Acadia to share with you when GMC announces details for the versions destined for the Canadian market.
GM will introduce the vehicle officially later on in the year and it is set to arrive at dealerships in the fall of 2019.