Two years after a redesign, the company already works on a mid-cycle update of this mid-size crossover. It looks like the recent overhaul didn’t bring the desired improvement. The new model lags behind most of the crossovers in the segment in various aspects, including driving experience, comfort, overall refinement and much more. So, a bunch of novelties for the 2020 GMC Acadia seems like a natural move. For this occasion, we will see various styling modifications that will make this crossover more attractive. Also, expect to see new standard features, as well as a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
It’s not hard to guess that this update will be mostly about visual changes. Simply, that’s the case with most mid-cycle refreshes. The testing model has been spotted already. Judging from covered areas, we can clearly see which parts of the car will be modified. Of course, most of them are at the front. The current-generation Acadia came two years ago, but a new design language came soon after. In order to adapt to new design philosophy, 2020 GMC Acadia will come with new, reshaped headlights and a new grille, which will be bolder and more massive. Naturally, there will be much more changes, but those are most notable. Also, expect to see things like new wheels and exterior colors.
In this aspect, 2020 GMC Acadia shouldn’t change drastically. We are about to see a familiar cabin with new color schemes as some of the biggest changes. Some minor tweaks to the dashboard are also possible, but those will be very minor. This crossover definitely can’t compete with class-leaders like 2020 Toyota Highlander, 2020 Honda Pilot, or VW Atlas in terms of interior space, refinement, and overall quality. So, the logical move would be to offer more standard equipment. One of the possibilities is to see a bunch of new safety feature available already in base models. Those are systems like blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic high beams etc.
The 2020 GMC Acadia should continue with two familiar gasoline engines in the offer. Base models will use a 2.5-liter atmospheric inline-four unit, which is good for about 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. Many drivers would prefer something more powerful, so there is a large 3.6-liter V6, which delivers around 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. With such amount of power, you can count on amazing acceleration number, like 6.2 seconds for a sprint from zero to sixty. On the other side, a big novelty for the next year will be a new 9-speed automatic transmission. It should provide better fuel economy and smoother ride, but expect it to see in higher trim levels only.
2020 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price
The updated crossover will come sometime in the next year, though we still don’t know some more precise date. On the other side, we are pretty sure that the price will remain the same, which means around $29,000 for the base model.