The second generation of this mid-size crossover has been around since 2016 and it looks like it is time to see a mid-cycle refresh. This update is about to include various kinds of changes. First of all, it will be a typical facelift, with a plethora of styling updates.
Also, various reports suggest notable changes under the hood, as the 2020 GMC Acadia is about to get a new engine and transmission. Finally, count on smaller tweaks on the inside, as well as on more standard equipment.
- Powerful engines
- Upscale cabin
- Lots of tech features
- Quiet ride
- Below-average cargo area
- Most rivals handle better
In terms of the exterior design, this will be a typical facelift. There are pretty significant changes on both ends, despite that the overall shape is about to remain unchanged. At the front end, you can notice a completely new face, which closely resembles the design of the company’s body-on-frame vehicles.
New headlights are pretty squarish, while the grille looks more massive and more prominent. Tailights are also completely new, with LED lighting and more attractive shape. All in all, the new models look far better. Still, things are pretty much the same under the skin, as the 2020 GMC Acadia continues to ride on a familiar C1 platform, typical for GM’s mid-size crossovers.
The interior of 2020 GMC Acadia won’t come with so significant changes, which is petty much expected, considering that the current model already offers a pretty upscale interior. Most materials are soft on touch, though there are still a couple of areas that aren’t on the same level of the quality we can find in competitors like Honda Pilot or Mazda CX-9. On the other side, the dashboard looks pretty opulent, while the list of tech goodies is pretty long.
Even the most basic models are equipped with things like a 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB ports etc. The thing that definitely won’t change is cargo capacity, which is smaller compared to most rivals.
The biggest novelty for the 2020 GMC Acadia will be a new turbo inline-four engine. It is a familiar 2.0-liter unit which delivers 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. On the other side, base models will continue with the 2.5-liter unit that delivers around 193 horsepower.
Finally, the highest trims will be equipped with a 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 310 horsepower. Another expected novelty for this update is a new 9-speed automatic transmission, which should replace the current 6-speed gearbox.
2020 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price
The 2020 GMC Acadia will arrive earlier than usual, most likely in the third quarter of the year. Despite numerous novelties, the price should remain the same as in the current model, which starts at around $29,000.