GM cuts price of next-generation GMC Acadia

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

GMC is dropping the starting price of the new 2017 Acadia by upwards of $3,000, depending on the model.

The General Motors Co. brand on Tuesday said the starting price of the smaller, next-generation midsize crossover will range from $29,995 for the entry-level SL with front-wheel drive, to $47,845 for the Denali with all-wheel drive. A new All Terrain model will start at $40,040. All prices include a $925 destination fee.

Depending on the model, the company cut the cost between $1,725 for the SLE to $2,970 for the Denali models. The entry-level model’s price was downsized $1,905.

GMC says that while the new Acadia — available this spring — is less expensive, it features more standard equipment, including a new IntelliLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and more fuel-efficient engines.

For 2017, the Acadia sheds more than 7 inches in length, 31/2inches in width and nearly 4 inches in height. The wheelbase is more than 6 inches shorter. GMC says the lighter platform improves driving response and makes it easier to turn and park.

Depending on the model, seating is available for five to seven passengers. The current model can seat up to eight.

A new, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard and expected to offer about 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg for front-wheel drive models. An available 3.6-liter V-6 engine is more powerful and efficient than the 2016 model, with a GM-estimated 310 horsepower and expected to offer 25 mpg highway. Full fuel economy numbers have not been released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, said the 2017 model aims to “introduce Acadia to a new generation.”

“Acadia takes GMC’s proven SUV experience to the heart of the midsize crossover segment with a compelling package of great design, the latest technologies and the brand’s signature capability,” he said in a statement.

The redesigned Acadia, available this spring, was unveiled last month at the Detroit auto show.

Autotrader senior analyst Michelle Krebs said cutting the starting prices for the Acadia is a good move to help reposition the vehicle in the GMC brand, and be more competitive in the hot-selling CUV market.

“Clearly it’s to be more competitive, and hopefully grab some sales and market share from competitive brands,” she said.