2017 GMC Acadia spy shot

Possible 2017 GMC Acadia test mule spied

August 14, 2015

The GMC Acadia is currently in its first generation and set to receive full makeover likely next year. Probably a decade after the market launch, the Acadia will enter its second generation, for MY2017. The currently sold model is a facelift that arrived in 2013 and has been updated with minor updates annually since then.

A pair of test mules, possibly of the 2017 GMC Acadia, have been spied undergoing high altitude testing. The spy video (embedded below) published by TFLcar shows a duo of test mules, one with 6-spoke wheels and one with 6 double-spoke wheels and roof rails.

Reports say that the all-new Acadia will sit on GM’s new Chi (C1XX) platform that is for mid-size and full-size crossovers/SUVs. The monocoque platform is essentially a version of the E2XX platform that underpins the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. GM will use this platform for the upcoming Cadillac XT5 (SRX-replacement) as well.

Noteworthy features of the C1XX platform include flexibility, front-wheel drive & all-wheel drive configurations, transverse-mounted engine and four-wheel independent suspension. It won’t be a surprise if GM adds downsized turbocharged engine options to the all-new model. Another addition is possibly the 9-speed automatic transmission as well.

The 2017 GMC Acadia is expected to arrive on the market in late 2016 or early 2017.

[Source: TFLcar]

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