The second generation of the Acadia has been released last year and so far it has been moderately successful. In fact with this model GM lost more than 8,000 sales last year. This was a rather unexpected turn of evens, especially since the car sold quite well. One of its downsides though has been the pricing scheme which made the Acadia considerably more expensive than its rivals. In fact a Denali version of the car will go north of $53,000, price at which there are far better offerings around. For the 2018 GMC Acadia it seems that some changes will be in order. For starters, the pricing scheme might be adjusted, especially at the top end.
2018 GMC Acadia In detail
Secondly, the Acadia’s dull design could change slightly which is quite unusual for a car this new. This hasn’t been confirmed so far but it just might happen, especially now when GMC released their second revised car. Besides that the interior and running gear are expected to carry on unchanged. Some did suggest small upgrades to its powertrain but more on that a bit later.
Despite being a clear evolution of the older design, the new Acadia is a much better looking car. However, it is not perfect. For example the car’s grille has been criticized by many because it makes it stand out a bit too much. On top of that there are no higher end models without chrome which is a real letdown. Some suggested that the 2018 GMC Acadia might address these issues.
GM might go ahead and release a Black Edition model. This would include blacked out grilles, inserts, wheels and mirrors. The end result would likely be quite impressive and it would allow the Acadia to better compete in its class. The car’s front end could be revised but this is still just a rumor at this point. The C-shaped headlights, hexagonal grille and much cleaner design found on the Terrain might be adopted by the Acadia. This would not only give GMC a corporate front end but it would make the Acadia considerably better looking than before.
Inside the cabin
The car has always been equipped very well for its class. In fact the front and middle seats offered more space than its rivals. The ride is usually great across the range and all the safety features offered as standard make the Acadia a top-pick for any safety conscious buyer.
However, the Acadia is a seven seats model and the two rear seats are nearly unusable. There is very little knee-room and the position is quite low. Because of that an adult will struggle to sit for more than minutes at a time. Unfortunately it seems the 2018 GMC Acadia might continue to use the same seats as before in which case it won’t be great for larger families.
It is quite clear that not much will change under the hood of the revised Acadia. Both the 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 and the larger 3.6 liter V6 should remain the same as before. This means the base model will offer 193 horsepower with the higher end V6 pumping out 310 horsepower and over 270 lb-ft of torque. The change might be in its transmission. The ongoing model is available with a 6 speed automatic which is an older generation gearbox.
Even though it is smooth, it is not the fastest gearbox on the market. Some suggested the 2018 Acadia would receive GM’s newly developed 9 speed automatic. This has been expected for a while and it should arrive soon enough. Its great optional all-terrain four-wheel drive system is likely going to remain an option. This makes it considerably better in off-road than most of its rivals which is quite impressive in this day and age when most people use their cars on paved surfaces only.