Gracing the scene at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show is the next-generation GMC Acadia. Launching as a 2024 model, the SUV is larger in every aspect compared to the outgoing model. This means more space inside for people and cargo, and it also packs updated technology with more power under the hood.
While the GMC Acadia is new for 2024, some of the changes will be familiar to General Motors fans. Sharing its bones with the 2024 Chevrolet Traverse that debuted in July, it features the same turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder under the hood, rated at 328 horsepower and 326 pound-feet of torque for all Acadia trims. It's the only engine offered, and it powers either the front wheels or all four through an eight-speed automatic transmission. At this time, there's no electrification in sight be it fully electric or hybrid power.
The new engine is certainly a focal point for the next-gen Acadia, but the biggest news (figuratively and literally) could be the larger body. It's 10.6 inches longer and 3.6 inches taller versus the 2023 model, and while that doesn't seem like much on paper, it brings the Acadia surprisingly close to its beefy GMC Yukon sibling in stature. Inside the cabin, that translates to a significant increase in space – 80 percent more storage behind the third-row seat and a 36 percent increase in the second row, according to GMC.
Front-seat passengers are treated to a digital layout that's considerably different from the new Traverse. The driver gets an 11-inch diagonal display, with a 15-inch portrait-oriented center touchscreen in the middle. This setup is standard throughout the Acadia lineup; both screens are customizable though it's not an entirely digital affair. Steering wheel switches and a bank of buttons below the center screen offer tactile controls to access various vehicle functions.
Gallery: 2024 GMC Acadia
In the tech department, the 2024 GMC Acadia is equipped with Google built-in and its various apps, including navigation. GMC makes no mention of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay; earlier in 2023 GM stated it was dropping the popular features from its EV lineup but would continue to offer it in combustion-powered vehicles. It's available on the 2025 Cadillac CT5 that also debuted for the Detroit Auto Show, but we've contacted GMC to ask directly about Apple/Android availability for the new Acadia. We will add an update as soon as we hear back.
Beyond the tech interface of choice, Super Cruise with trailering assist and auto lane-change is available on select 2024 Acadia trims. As many as nine camera views are offered, and no less than 20 driver assist and safety features are included as standard. That includes features like seat belt and rear seat reminders as well as traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, and much more.
Up-level AT4 and Denali trims return for 2024. The off-road-focused AT4 features a retuned suspension and an extra inch of ground clearance, a trim-exclusive Active Torque Control AWD system, and of course you get red tow hooks with a special front fascia, among other things. Denali endures as the ultimate luxury Acadia, riding on new 22-inch wheels with Denali-exclusive exterior trim and laser-etched wood trim inside, not to mention plenty of leather and a huge sunroof. Denali is also your gateway to the Bose 16-speaker stereo that also features active noise-cancelling tech.
As for price, GMC isn't ready to talk about that just yet. For reference, the 2023 GMC Acadia starts at $36,800 in base SLE trim. The AT4 is $43,400, and the range-topping 2023 GMC Acadia Denali has a starting MSRP of $48,600. None of these figures include destination charges. Pricing for 2024 models will be announced closer to the on-sale date, which is expected to be early next year.
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