GMC has been in the Truck & SUV business longer than most of the competition has even existed. The GMC first release was in 1902. GMC has been building trucks and SUVs for the passion of it and I don’t think any other brand has what it takes to be a GMC. In our region, the term GMC has become a word by itself and is among the most sold SUV for decades.
In 2006, GMC launched its full-size SUV the Acadia and created a revolution and an evolution in the world of trucks and SUV. Ten years later the 2nd generation of GMC Acadia is released creating a game changing impact in the SUV segment. Usually, when a 2nd generation of any vehicle is released, you might witness some major change on the exterior, upgrades on the engine, new trims revealed, new technology integrated… well the GMC Acadia 2nd Generation has gone beyond the expectations and flipped the table.
So what’s new in the 2nd Generation 2017 GMC Acadia?
To answer this question, we were privileged to take on the 2017 All-New GMC Acadia for a spin around Dubai Streets and not just that, we’ve got the highest in specifications the DENALI trim.
The first thing you notice about the 2017 GMC Acadia is its All-New façade with the Iconic Denali grille centered with the GMC logo with swept to the side SIGNATURE DENALI headlights, contour chromed fog lights with side vents for that distinguished aggressive yet chic appearance. The sportiness of the looks comes from the uncut lines connecting the front with the rear with slightly arched side fenders linked with integrated chrome side trim. The side is boosted with Six-spoke Bright aluminum 20” wheels with silver accents. The rear is a whole new story with astonishing design featuring exotic shaped taillights, Dual chrome exhaust outlets and a chrome lower-rear fascia.
The exterior layout didn’t just receive an evolution in terms of design, the All-New GMC ACADIA 2017 changed its platform and moved to the Mid-Size SUV section, it is now Built on a new and lighter body structure. The new platform is 318 kilograms less than the previous model which means less weight, less fuel consumption and less emissions. This has also allowed the New ACADIA to acquire additional maneuverable capabilities improving driving dynamics and responsiveness.
The All-NEW GMC ACADIA Denali boasts a 3.6L V6 engine with Active Fuel Management more powerful and efficient than the current model capable of generating 310 Horsepower coped with a six-speed automatic transmission, offering over 1800 Kilograms of estimated trailering capability (with the available towing package). The new Acadia retains a front-drive layout with available all-wheel drive. All models feature a new drive mode selector, which allows the driver to alter chassis and powertrain attributes to suit a variety of driving conditions. Front-drive models offer Normal (2×4), Snow, Sport and Trailer/Tow modes, while AWD models offer 2×4 (AWD disconnect), 4×4, Sport, Off Road and Trailer/Tow modes.
Moving on to the inside cabin of the DENALI, luxury and elegance is the main feature with super quality materials used all over the Acadia. The interior is uncompromisingly tasteful. It’s all about chic colors, real wood and chrome accents, leather upholstery, warm-tone burnished aluminum and French-stitched seats.
Technology and infotainment innovations are the main highlights of the upgrades, the new Acadia is plugged in with available phone integration technology through GMC’s available IntelliLink system, making it easy to connect to some of the features smartphone drivers rely on most. Apple CarPlay allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the vehicle’s touchscreen. An eight-inch Customizable Driver Display allows owners to easily interact with vehicle information, media and vehicle controls.
In addition, the 2017 Acadia Denali mid-size luxury SUV offers a comprehensive suite of Driver Alert and active safety technologies – including Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking and Forward Automatic Braking – that rely on a sophisticated network of cameras, radar, and sensors to help prepare drivers for the unexpected.
The owner of the Denali trim is an executive with taste for luxury, sportiness and is looking for an SUV to fulfill his family or adventure needs, having said that the GMC ACADIA DENALI has all what it takes from technology features, safety features, elegant design and inside comfort and luxury.
And for that extra person, the ALL-New Acadia comes with premium seating and easy access to the third row when needed or you can always use the fold-flat second- and third -row seats for plenty of room for both people and cargo.
The strategic re-scoping of the 2017 Acadia as a midsize SUV positioned the Acadia between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon giving the GMC an astonishing lineup across all the SUV sizes. The GMC Acadia is available in various distinct trim levels that include SLE, SLT, Denali, as well as a special sporty edition All Terrain created for every taste.