The GMC Acadia arrived as the all-new model for the 2017 model year and new-generation version transformed to smaller and lighter vehicle. Significant size reduction changed the segment where this model in competing and rivals now include the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorrento, etc.
The newest Acadia delivers strong performance and handles well. The comfortable interior with seats for up to seven and the number of available trims also make this model desirable. It can be had in the plush Denali trim or with the all-terrain package which improves its off-pavement capability.
The Acadia didn’t change much for the 2018 model year and carmaker only broaden the availability of the V-6 and three-row of seats. There won’t be the significant difference with 2019 GMC Acadia as well. The model is expected to enter the third model year after the redesign with some changes in equipment organization and possibly new equipment packages.
2019 GMC Acadia: Styling
The 2019 GMC Acadia won’t, of course, change much from the visual perspective as the model underwent the full redesign for the 2017 model year. GMC actually surprised us when significantly reduced the size of the model. The new-generation Acadia measures 7.2 inches less in the length and rides on 6.4 inches shorter wheelbase. The model is also 3.5 inches narrower.
The styling of the redesigned Acadia isn’t also the large departure from the previous version but automaker made the look more modern. The Acadia has softer body lines and less blocky shape thanks to the rounder corners and edges. The fresh design of the grille and lights combined with upscale elements also add to its appearance.
For the new model year, the automaker will likely offer new color combinations, new wheel design and possibly exterior theme.
Interior of the Acadia will also continue in the familiar form. The model has simple but attractive and efficient interior design. The seats provide long-ride comfort and model will again offer five, six and seven seating configurations. The third row is suitable for kids and when is in the use, the cargo space is just 12.8 cubes. The maximum cargo capacity is 79 cubes which significantly less than on the previous generation.
Equipment wise, the new Acadia will likely return with the same trim range. The model will offer 7- and 8-inch infotainment systems with modern features and modern safety equipment. This time the Driver Alert packages with active safety systems will likely become more accessible and some of the features could also become standard.
The model will also offer high-end materials and attractive styling elements inside and out but buyers will also be able to upgrade to the all-terrain package and adaptive dampers.
2019 GMC Acadia: Powertrains
In the engine department, we should also expect the same options for the 2019 GMC Acadia. The base 2.5-liter inline-4 engine will produce 193 hp and torque of 188 pound-feet. The standard transmission will be a 6-speed automatic as well as the front-wheel drive.
The buyers will be able to upgrade to the 3.6-liter V-6 engine and all-wheel drive. This engine will provide 310 horsepower and torque of 271 pound-feet.
The model will have all-wheel independent suspension capable to absorb all bumps and special suspension with adaptive dampers will also be available.
As for the fuel economy, the four-cylinder powertrain will return around 23 mpg combined. The V-6 power and all-wheel drive will be around 20 mpg combined.
2019 GMC Acadia: Arrival, Price
The 2019 GMC Acadia will arrive sometime in mid to third quarter period of 2018. The price will be from around $30k while Denali version will climb to high $40k.