2020 GMC Acadia Brings Bold Design
GMC has just upped the ante in the mid-sized SUV market with the redesigned 2020 GMC Acadia. Many of the existing strengths of the previous generation Acadia have served as the building blocks for the innovations found in the new design in 2020.
At first glance, the wide flowing hood and prominent grille bring to mind the next-generation GMC Sierra. This gives the Acadia a bolder and stronger appearance that says, “I’m ready for anything”, while still looking refined. All trim levels have that unmistakable GMC look thanks to the C-shaped signature lighting, which now includes LED headlamps as a standard feature across the board. The new lineup includes the familiar SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims, along with an all-new AT4 package that has darkened finishes to give the Acadia an even more aggressive look.
As striking as the new exterior styling is, some of the most impressive changes are those that can’t be seen from afar. With updated available powertrains and advanced driver technologies, the new Acadia has leapfrogged the competition with enhancements that will make it a formidable foe in this market segment for years to come.
While the lower trim levels come standard with the proven 2.5-liter engine, a new 2.0-liter turbo-charged 4-cylinder debuts for 2020 as the standard mill in the SLT and Denali. One might think a 2.0-liter engine is bit small for a mid-sized SUV, but the numbers say otherwise. With 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, drivers will have ample power on tap in all driving conditions. By using cutting edge technologies such as a tri-power valve train and a dual-scroll turbocharger, peak torque is available from 1,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm. In real world driving, this means the Acadia responds quickly off the line and pulls hard all the way through the powerband without the turbo lag and surge that was so common with turbo-charged engines of yesteryear. When all that power isn’t needed, active fuel management is used to boost fuel economy by deactivating two of the cylinders during gentle driving.
A 3.6-liter V-6 pumping out 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque is standard with the AT4 trim package. If there was only one word to describe the look of the AT4, it would be “tough”. With the black chrome 17-inch wheels and all terrain tires, the AT4 looks more at home on the trail than on the highway, and gives buyers the option of an off-highway capable Acadia straight from the factory.
To further enhance power delivery, a brand new 9-speed automatic transmission is standard behind all available engines. Replacing the old 6-speed auto, the new unit has additional clutches and gears to keep rpms in the proper range for optimized power and efficiency.
Inside the cabin, drivers will notice a perfect blend of quality finishes and convenience features with an intuitive layout. Technology improvements include an enhanced GMC infotainment system, available with an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen, Bluetooth hands free phone connectivity and a 4G WiFi hotspot. An available navigation system utilizes a cloud database to provide real-time updates and predictions to help drivers choose the best route.
Competition has never been tougher within the mid-sized SUV segment, which means manufacturers are continuously striving to improve their models as they fight for market share. The bar continues to rise as the automakers are intently taking the pulse of the marketplace in an effort to give buyers what they want. The result of all this is that there has never been a better time to be a customer. GMC has taken to heart what their customers have been saying, and has truly delivered with their most innovative redesign yet. They say there’s no such thing as the perfect vehicle, but for customers in the market for a mid-sized SUV with bold styling, class-leading technology and the reliability inherent to the GMC brand, the 2020 Acadia just might be the one.