Crossovers and SUVs are the hot thing these days, so it comes as little surprise GMC is wanting to keep one of theirs fresh. The brand has announced the 2020 Acadia, which is sporting a bolder design and new technology to stay competitive.
On the spectrum of vehicle refreshes, this one is fairly substantial. GMC has swapped out the entire front clip design with a bolder iteration of GMC’s design theme. The new look is very similar to the new Sierra and Canyon pickup trucks, with cues such as standard C-clamp LED accent lights and a larger grille.
Like the Sierra, Acadia buyers will be able to choose between unique looks based on trim level. These variances include everything from the signature Denali chrome grille to a new AT4 model that blacks out all the chrome.
To be frank, this is the design the Acadia should have had from the start. It has always been oddly conservative versus the rest of the GMC portfolio.
In addition to the new design, GMC is giving buyers a third engine option. For the first time, Acadia will offer GM’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with tripower valvetrain technology to vary valve lift across the rpm band. This engine will offer 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that will flow through a nine-speed automatic. The 2.0-liter will be standard on Acadia SLT and Denali models, while the carryover 2.5-liter will continue to serve as the base engine. Buyers of certain trim levels will still be able to upgrade to the 3.6-liter V-6. Both the 2.5-liter and 3.6-liter will also be fitted with the nine-speed automatic.
Inside, GMC did not really redesign the interior. The most substantial change found inside is the fact there is no longer a gear selector. GMC has transitioned the 2020 Acadia to its push-button gear selector, found on the smaller Terrain. This change did require them to redesign the center console, which is allowing more storage space.
GMC has also fitted the Acadia with its latest infotainment system, a new version of heads-up display and high-definition backup camera. Acadia will also offer GM’s rear-view camera mirror for the first time.
The 2020 GMC Acadia will go on sale this fall. Production will continue to take place at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant.