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.