Changes have been made to Acadia, so it shouldn’t be too surprising if the 2024 GMC Acadia may not be the same as the current model. For many people, the Acadia is somewhat a peculiar production from GM. And they do have the reasons to think that way. The first gen (which was launched in 2007) was coming as a full size crossover having three row arrangement. Next, about 10 years later, the company introduced the Acadia as this midsize crossover, which is definitely smaller than the original product. Rumor has it that the next gen may make the crossover go back to the original formula: which is the full size crossover.
The Upcoming Production Plan
According to some sources, the company is somewhat planning the new Acadia to come with bigger model and size. The next gen Acadia is scheduled to release in 2023 as 2024 model. If this plan is true, then the Acadia would have similar size as the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse.
When the company was making the second gen Acadia (as the midsize crossover), they want to reposition the vehicle within the crossover segment, which was considered the most popular and the mainstream option. That’s why they had the strategy to go after the midsize sector to rival against Grand Cherokee (from Jeep). However, it seems that the plan was somewhat a failure. They didn’t get the wanted results, and the sales for Acadia didn’t improve as expected. When compared to Grand Cherokee, the sales number for Acadia was disappointing despite the fact that they combined two years of sales periods (compared to only one year sales of Grand Cherokee).
What’s Next for Acadia?
Spy photographers have spotted the 2024 GMC Acadia during the testing period. And if the prototype is the key for the future production, it seems that the rumor is true: GM is reinventing the crossover as this full size and bigger vehicle.
From the spyshots, it’s clear that the prototype comes with longer and lengthened wheelbase (especially if you compare it from the current model). This means that the interior cabin would be roomier, perfect for three row seating, plus an extra cargo space at the back. The prototype was heavily covered, but it’s obvious that it’s bigger and longer. It seems that new Acadia is inspired by the Yukon because the prototype comes with upright style and a slight boxier look. With bigger size and roomier space, the Acadia would be a worthy competitor against Hyundai Palisade. From the prototype, it’s clear that there would be dual exhaust with single outlet and new directional wheels from alloy.
Construction and Platform
The new Acadia is likely coming with VSS-F platform which is a new platform that is extremely flexible from GMC. They used it first with Buick Encore GX 2020 and 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. It’s likely that all future vehicles (from GM) would be constructed on this VSS-F architecture.
Powertrain and Performance
Hopefully, the new Acadia would be coming with gas LGVX6 unit with 3.6 liter capacity that would be paired up with auto start/stop engine function and also auto 9 speed transmission. It will also come as front wheel driving system as the standard, and four wheels driving system for optional pick. It’s possible that they offer a more economical unit, such as the inline-four turbocharged unit with 2.0 liter capacity.
The Acadia would be manufactured at the (GM) Spring Hill Assembly plant, located in Tennessee. It would be produced together with Caddy XT6 and Caddy XT5 together. Hopefully, this manufacturing plant will still producing Acadia, even after the 2024 model is released. You should know more about 2024 GMC Acadia once there are more details about it.