Despite being around for less than three years, the 2020 GMC Acadia is about to receive a major update. The mid-size crossover is generally a good vehicle, but competition in the segment is pretty numerous and it’s getting tougher and tougher. Therefore, this early refresh is about to bring a fine amount of novelties. Of course, the company will put its focus on aesthetics.
The testing model has been spotted already and we can clearly see areas that are about to come with novelties. Besides visual improvement, the 2020 GMC Acadia will also come with novelties in terms of the interior design and new features. The latter includes some new technologies as well. Big novelties are expected under the hood too, as we should see a new transmission in the offer. All in all, a nice portion of changes, which clearly indicates that the new model will come earlier than usual.
2020 GMC Acadia Facelift
As we already mentioned, most of the changes will be in terms of visual appearance. The testing model has been spotted for a couple of time. Judging on the covered areas, we can easily locate specific areas that are about to come with novelties. Of course, most of them will be at the front end. We expect from the 2020 GMC Acadia to receive a completely new face, based on the brand’s latest design language, which is heavily inspired by the brand’s new truck lineup. Therefore, this update will make Acadia look much more rugged, with a massive grille and new headlights. These new parts will feature almost rectangular shapes. The rear end is also about to come with changes. We will see modifications on parts like taillights, rear bumper, tailgate etc. Also, count on updates in terms of exterior colors and wheels.
On the inside, the 2020 GMC Acadia shouldn’t change that much. At this point, we still don’t know the details, but the overall cabin layout should remain the same. The current model looks pretty upscale on the inside, so we have no doubt that 2020 GMC Acadia will continue in the same way. The dashboard looks stylish, while most materials are soft on touch and feature high overall quality. Front seats are also pretty amazing. They are massive and comfortable, with nice support.
Of course, there are some drawbacks as well which, unfortunately, can’t be fixed with a mid-cycle refresh. Those mostly refer to interior space. As you probably know, the second-generation Acadia is significantly smaller than the original, so it’s no wonder the third row feels cramped. Also, cargo capacity is below average for the class, as you can count on just 13 cubic feet behind the third row. The overall cargo capacity goes up to 79 cubic feet.
Tech and Safety Features
This is also where we expect novelties for the next year, though we have to say that the current model is already pretty decent, at least when it comes to tech goodies. Base models come with a 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlat, as well as with a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, etc. In higher trims, you can get a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, as well as things like a sunroof, navigation, an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system and much more.
When it comes to safety features, we hope that this update will add mode standard driver aid, as base models currently come with a rearview camera only. Still, there is a long list of available systems and some of them could become standard in the next year. Some of the highlights are things like front pedestrian braking, rear cross traffic alert, a safety alert driver’s seat, forward collision warning, forward automatic braking, front and rear parking sensors, side blind spot monitoring, etc.
2020 GMC Acadia Engines
The biggest novelty under the hood will be a new transmission. A 9-speed automatic is expected to replace the current 6-speed gearbox. On the other side, the engine lineup will remain the same way. There are two engines that come in this crossover. Base models feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for 194 hp, which seems like an insufficient amount of power for a vehicle of this size.
Therefore, an optional 3.6-liter V6 is a much better choice. This one is good for about 310, which is enough for a pretty solid acceleration and overall performances. When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 21/26 mpg city/highway, while the V6 is good for about 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Of course, we expect things to be slightly better with the new transmission.
2020 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price
Due to a mid-cycle refresh, the 2020 GMC Acadia is expected to come sometime in the third quarter of the year. Base models will go around 29.000 dollars.