Looking significantly improved, the 2013 GMC Acadia has a new front fascia, LED daytime running lights and a prominent three-bar grille.

GMC has unveiled the 2013 Acadia at the Chicago Auto Show.

Looking significantly improved, the model gains a new front fascia, LED daytime running lights and a prominent three-bar grille. Out back, there's a new pillar-less design, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and restyled taillights.

Interior changes are limited, but include a new infotainment system (with Bluetooth/USB/iPod connectivity), soft-touch plastics, red ambient lighting and additional aluminum trim on SLT and Denali models.

Speaking of the Denali, it is distinguished by unique bumpers, a revised grille, body color accents and 20-inch alloy wheels. The model also has perforated leather upholstery, heated / cooled front seats, wood trim and illuminated sill plates.

On the safety front, the Acadia can be equipped with a front center air bag, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and OnStar.

Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 288 hp (215 kW / 292 PS) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a new six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

The 2013 GMC Acadia will be launched later this year, but there's no word on pricing.

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