Wraps Come Off All-New Smaller, Lighter 2017 GMC Acadia

General Motors has redesigned its second-gen GMC Acadia which is now smaller and lighter

General Motors has quite dramatically redesigned its second-gen GMC Acadia which is now noticeably smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The American giant says it’s shaved off up to 700 lbs / 317 kg, but that’s in part due to the vehicle’s smaller exterior dimensions.

Official information says the 2017 Acadia is some 7.2 inches / 17.5 cm shorter than its predecessor, but also 3.5 inches / 8.5 cm narrower and 3.9 inches / 9.5 cm lower. Even so, load capacity has actually gone up, from from 70 to 79 cu-ft (1,980 to 2,230 liters) with the two rearmost rows of seats folded flatly into the floor.

The seating arrangement also comes with reduced capacity over the outgoing model, as it drops from eight to seven seats; five- or six-seater variants will also be offered.

Two engine options will be available from launch: the base unit is a 2.5-liter four-pot that promises to return 28 mpg hwy; power was not specified, but it should be around the 200 hp mark. For buyers looking for more power, GM will offer a 3.5-liter V6 too, which is “GM-estimated” to put out 310 hp while doing 25 mpg hwy in FWD guise.

Both power plants are new, they feature direct injection and come mated to six-speed automatic transmissions.

It comes with a raft of active and passive safety gadgets and there’s even a Tow Vision Trailering function which is just a fancy name for the reversing camera. Tech-savvy prospective buyers will also be pleased with the availability of an integrated 4G-capable hotspot.