2017 GMC Acadia Redesign and Release
The 2017 GMC Acadia SUV will arrive as a completely redesigned model. The second-generation Acadia is expected to enter production during the spring of 2016, with sales starting by the end of the year. Based on a new platform, with new exterior design and new powertrains, 2017 GMC Acadia will be representative of GM’s new SUV standards.
There are several SUV models made by General Motors that are underpinned by the Lambda platform. It is actually an enhanced version of the older Epsilon platform that used to underpin GM SUVs. Now, the 2017 GMC Acadia will ride on the new Scalable Chi (C1XX) platform which allows both short and long wheelbase versions of the vehicle. Besides the new 2017 Acadia, the same platform will be used by the upcoming generations of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and Cadillac SRX(XT5) SUVs. The new Acadia and Cadillac XT5 will feature a short wheelbase, while the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse and the next Buick Enclave will ride on a long wheelbase version of the same platform.
2017 GMC Acadia Changes
The GMC Acadia came as one of the first GM’s full-size SUV models. What the 2017 model is expected to do is to showcase the company’s future design philosophy. The aforementioned redesign will affect every aspect of the vehicle, thus making it completely different compared to its predecessor. Expect to see a whole new sheet metal design including a reshaped front fascia, squared-off fenders, new vertical LED lights, with a lowered front grille. The interior will feature a modern design backed by high quality materials throughout the new cabin. Also, we expect the upcoming Acadia to offer a large number of the latest safety features as well as a new infotainment system.
The current model has been produced at the Delta Township facility, while there have been rumors about the 2017 GMC Acadia production to move to Spring Hill, Tennessee. These speculations might be spurred by GM’s recent decision to shift the Cadillac SRX production from Mexico to Spring Hill. Since the two models share the same platform, it would prove as quite reasonable to build them under the same roof.
2017 GMC Acadia Engines
The new model is expected to use the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that powers the current model. This unit generates 281 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. It is also anticipated that the American automaker is due to expand its engine range. The 2017 GMC Acadia is rumored to gain a new four-cylinder and a turbocharged V6 unit. The official specifications are yet to be released. However, the new model will definitely receive a new 9-speed automatic transmission to replace the current 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Most of the changes expected with the new Acadia will result in an enhanced fuel economy. The current model is EPA estimated to return 16/23 (city/highway) mpg with AWD, and 17/24 mpg with FWD. The 2017 GMC Acadia is expected to come with significantly improved figures when it comes to both performance and fuel efficiency.