Style & powertrain updates would certainly be well-received.
American marque GMC has refreshed its Acadia large SUV for its third year in the market, bringing with it aesthetic & drivetrain updates that will undoubtedly get a number of Australians pretty excited. While they call it the GMC Acadia, we know it as the Holden Acadia, the newest addition to the Holden lineup that offers large-SUV comfort & practicality with a strong, low-stress V6 under the bonnet.
Going back to the GMC, it gets a new design front and rear, with headlight & taillight clusters integrating the brand’s C-shaped light signature. There’s also a new grille, a new pair of side-mirrors with integrated indicators, and new-design alloys that can be had with either all-season or all-terrain tyres, depending on trim.
Inside, the 2020 Acadia also gets an 8-inch infotainment screen, a wireless charging pad, two USB-C ports, a sharper back-up camera, and a new heads-up display with improved graphics.
But perhaps more importantly are the changes under the skin. In addition to the 2.5-litre four-pot and 3.6-litre V6 (that continue unchanged), there’s also the addition of a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine, putting out a healthy 172kW and 350Nm, mated to an improved 9-speed automatic transmission with electronic gear selector. That gearbox will be offered on the extended GMC Acadia range in good time, along with revised suspension, and a standard eBoost braking system.
While the engine might not be to all tastes (yes, we hear you), that improved 9-speed auto purportedly improves centre-console practicality quite a bit. We’d also love to see our local Acadia’s take on this styling – the rear is a little iffy, but that front end looks sweet.