With the rise of the popularity of crossovers and mid-size SUVs, it appears that the interest for the full-size SUVs has decreased over the years. One of the models that keeps this market alive, especially in the United States is the GMC Acadia. The current model was introduced in 2014 and now the company plans to unveil the successor – 2016 GMC Acadia. However, since the US company launched the 2014 model with lots of changes and it was practically a new car, this is more like a mid-cycle update with minor changes.
2016 GMC Acadia Exterior
Just like its predecessor, the GMC Acadia 2016 was built on the Lambda platform, which along the unibody structure of the SUV enables it to have a low center of gravity. The next-generation Acadia is going to have a refreshed look of the front of the car – the most notable changes are the new headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, slightly redesigned front bumper and a completely new black plastic and chrome grille.
The back of the car received new taillights (with lots of LED components), new rear bumper and some small chrome details. GMC also worked on making the new GMC Acadia lighter than its predecessor and they were able to do so by increasing the amount of metal alloys used for the chassis construction. The new Acadia is going to be offered with newly designed alloy wheels and more color options than its predecessor.
Interior of the new GMC Acadia
One of the key selling points of the current Acadia is the interior and because of the positive reviews it got, the US manufacturer decided to practically don’t change anything related to the design and the general look of the cabin. The current configuration consisting of four-spoke black and silver steering wheel, analog speedometer and tachometer, large touch screen display in the center of the dashboard is going to remain the same.
The good news are that the 2016 GMC Acadia will have three rows of seats and that all seats will have leather upholstery and heating ability. Since the Acadia will be able to take up to 8 adult passengers, it makes this full-size SUV ideal for bigger families that like to travel a lot. Furthermore, the new Acadia will have satellite navigation, premium sound system and automatic climate control as part of the base version.
GMC Acadia 2016 Engine
The 2016 GMC Acadia will still be offered with only one engine – the same engine that was in its predecessor. The engine in question is the 3.6l V6 LLT that produces around 290 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
This engine is going to be paired with only 6-speed automatic transmission, with no manual transmission possibility. The base version of the Acadia will be front-wheel drive, while the all-wheel drive will be optional.
2016 GMC Acadia Price & Release date
The base version of the GMC Acadia 2016 is going to cost around $30,000, while the most expensive version could cost up to $50,000. The 2016 GMC Acadia should go on sale by the end of 2015.