The current GMC Acadia was introduced in 2006 and the mid-size crossover received its last model year update for the first generation this year. The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia is currently under development and should go on sale in H2 2016 or early 2017.
Instagram user Ryan Cleveland has shared a spy shot of a trio of 2017 GMC Acadia test mules testing in Spring Hill, Tennessee in USA, which affirms that the development is still in the road-testing phase. In August, two test mules were spied high altitude testing but they were heavily camouflaged and so didn’t reveal anything extensively.
The test mules seen in the spy shot (featured image) reveal that the rear-end has been reworked for a more premium appeal, and so has been the side profile. There’s a new bumper as well as an shiny steel or aluminum-finish skid plate below it. The tailgate has been redesigned and can be opened from below. Foot-activated tailgate opening function can be expected to offered on the 2017 Acadia while a dual trapezoidal tail pipes complete the rear-end. Muscular wheel arches, large wheels and high ground clearance give a robust appeal to to the side profile.
GM hasn’t announced this but word out there is that the 2017 GMC Acadia will be based on the Chi (C1XX) platform which the American auto giant uses for its mid-size and full-size crossovers/SUVs. It’s an iteration of the E2XX platform which forms base for the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and is used on the 2017 Cadillac XT5 as well. The new monocoque platform should bring about significant weight reduction.
The all-new model is expected to be offered with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and in both front- and all-wheel drivetrain layouts.
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