On the surface, the 2018 GMC Acadia retains much of its predecessor’s bold looks and styling. But under the hood, the upcoming model includes a couple of refinements. This will give its close competitors a run for their money. The new model hits all the right spots for a family-size luxury SUV with more cabin and trunk space, enhanced performance, less weight, and fuel economy.
2018 GMC Acadia – Design Features:
The 2018 GMC Acadia will be available in 4 trim versions. The SL, SLT, SLE, and Denali – each catering to slightly different driving needs, style, and budget. Standard features on all trims include remote keyless entry and start, fold-flat seats for the 2nd and 3rd-row passenger seats. Also, there is a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity, anti-lock breaks, rear vision parking camera, automatic halogen projector-beam headlights, and aluminum alloy wheels.
There is a host of additional optional features depending on trim version. The exterior will remain almost untouched from the outgoing version, except for slight tweaks to the front headlamps and grille. There are also rumors of a redesigned rear, but generally, this year’s iteration will be a more compact outfit compared to older models. The leather-lined seats with fold-flat 2nd and 3rd-row seats will ensure a comfortable. Active noise cancellation will guarantee a quieter, smoother ride whether in the city or on a long trip to the countryside.
2018 GMC Acadia – Engine Specifications:
The engines for the 2018 GMC Acadia will not be so different from its predecessors. The base SL model will be powered by a 2.5-liter inline four cylinder engine with output totaling 194 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. The other option is a 3.6-liter SIDI V6 engine with output maxing out at 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox and a front-wheel drive transmission system will be the standard in all versions. There will be an on-demand four-wheel version for pricier variants. Gas mileage clocks in at 18 mpg for city rides and 23 mpg for highway, compared to the current model’s 21/26 mpg for city and highway respectively.
As hinted earlier, the 2018 model has cut a bit of weight (thanks to a lighter chassis) and this will give it a performance boost and better gas mileage. However, the car’s performance will also likely benefit from the rumored new suspension system. The buyers should expect more solid handling and a smoother ride experience overall.
2018 GMC Acadia – Release Date and MSRP:
The 2018 GMC Acadia is scheduled to hit the US market in the second quarter of 2018. It will reach outside markets a little later, probably during the third quarter. The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price will be in the region of $30,000 – $33,000. While at the top end, buyers should expect to fork out at least $52,000.
The 2018 GMC Acadia is a refined version of the current model and will include a couple of enhancements for a small performance boost. No doubt these subtle additions are a big deal for its niche creed of buyers but undecided SUV buyers are likely to take notice too.