Watch out, Kluger.
Holden has finally released some preliminary details on its upcoming Acadia SUV, screwing down some of the finer points in the buildiup to the cars’ release. In addition to what we already know, like that it’ll carry an atmospheric 3.6-litre V6 up front with a nine-speed automatic in the middle, Holden’s let slip a few more details to entice prospective buyers to look past a Toyota Kluger.
The Acadia’s shored up its credentials as a family SUV by offering a ton of safety kit as standard. All cars will get autonomous emergency braking and collision warning, as well as lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, lane-departure warning, and rear parking sensors. There will also be a backup camera, as well as Trailer Assist, which is helpful.
And its appeal as a rather posh family wagon? Expect higher-end variants of the Acadia to pack 20-inch alloys, an electric tailgate and a panoramic sunroof, while all grades will benefit from three-zone climate control, keyless entry and go, smartphone mirroring, and USB-ports across all three rows for charging up devices.
The Acadia has also been subjected to rigorous testing on Australian roads to refine the ride & handling of the big Holden to best suit finicky Australian tastes. Some 1.5-million kilometres of driving has been accrued by employees, who have tried their best to simulate the rigours of family life and make improvements where possible to ensure that an Acadia can keep up.
The 2019 Holden Acadia is set to arrive in Australian showrooms some time in the fourth quarter of this year, with further specifics on model grades and the like expected to be released closer to its official launch.