The new 2018 GMC Acadia is coming a year after this model
received the full redesign, ten years after its initial launch.
The second-generation Acadia is smaller in size but more
powerful. It is also significantly lighter and delivers refined
ride in any driving situation. There is also the new
four-cylinder engine and Acadia is also loaded with modern
tech, safety and convenience features. The 2018 Acadia will be
the replica of the current version except GMC might offer more
standard equipment and new equipment package.
The upcoming Acadia won’t change the range of available trim
options. The model will come well-equipped starting from the
base SL trim while each upper trim will gradually offer more
luxuries. Following the base trim will be SLE and then comes
SLT while the top Denali trim will round out the offer. The
Acadia will also come with two engine options including the
base four-cylinder and optional V-6 unit. The list of active
safety aids will also be available.
2018 GMC Acadia: Construction, Design
The new 2018 GMC Acadia will feature improved body structure
that is lighter, shorter and narrower than on the previous
generation models. The Acadia will have 193.6 inches in length
which is 7.2 shorter than on the first generation of this
model. It also has 3.3 inches less in width and 6.6 inches in
height compared to the previous iteration.
The Acadia will ride on the multi-material C1XX platform which
debuted on the Cadillac’s 2017 XT5. Thanks to the modern
platform and smaller proportions the new-generation Acadia also
weighs 740 lbs less.
The styling of the Acadia is the familiar form. The model will
include trapezoidal grille which design will vary depending on
the trim level. There will also be angular headlights and sleek
front bumper. Sculpted fenders and modern taillights with some
rear side trim inserts will complement its design.
The interior design of the Acadia will be similar to what we
can see on brand’s trucks. The model will have the
well-arranged center stack with controls that are easy to
recognize and use. The front seats will provide high-level
comfort and the middle row will also offer a good amount of
space. The third row of seats will be suitable for the kids.
As for the cargo capacity, behind the last row, 12.8 cubic feet
will be available. The maximum cargo capacity with the middle
and third rows folded flat will be 79 cu ft.
All Acadias will come with IntelliLink infotainment system. The
system will include an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple Car Play
and Android Auto features. The OnStar system and 4G LLTE Wi-FI
will also be available. The base models will also feature
17-inch wheels, driver information display, three-zone climate
control, keyless entry and ignition, etc.
The SLE trim will add 18-inch wheels, fog lights, power
adjustable and heated front seats, etc. On the SLT available
will be leather upholstery, heated middle seats, driver memory
feature, and additional safety features.
The Denali will add unique wheels and grille, virtual gauge
display, ventilated front seats, heated and power steering
wheel, upgraded upholstery, etc.
Available active safety features will include lane departure
warning, surround-view cameras, lane keeping assist, pedestrian
detection and low-speed automatic braking, adaptive cruise
2018 GMC Acadia: Powertrains, Mileage
The base 2018 GMC Acadia will come equipped with the 2.5-liter
four-cylinder engine. This engine is good for 193 horsepower
and 188 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a six-speed
automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive.
All-wheel drive is optional and returns fuel economy of 25 mpg
combined. With the front-wheel drive, the score will be 26 mpg
A more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 features stop-start and Active
Fuel management system. It can produce 310 hp and torque of 271
lb-ft. With this engine, Acadia will return 25 mpg combined
with both FWD and AWD.
2018 GMC Acadia: Release date, Price
The new 2018 GMC Acadia will likely come in late 2017 or early
2018. The base version will cost around $29, 000. It will reach
$47, 000 in Denali trim.