GMC has given its boxy mid-size crossover a new shot of adrenaline. As you can see, the 2020 Acadia received a range of changes for this year. It’s important to say that improvements are not cosmetic only. No, the SUV got itself a new powertrain, as well as updated tech and a new trim level.
Styling tweaks are not huge, but they definitely make the 2020 GMC Acadia looking somehow tougher. They’ve succeeded this thanks to a blocky-designed grille of the SUV and LED-treated headlights. In addition to the changes, the mid-cycle update brought a pair of new taillights in the back. More precisely, by receiving the stretched-out taillights and a new rear bumper the 2020 Acadia looks a little bit like the new Explorer, which is not cool at all.
New Trim Level
The car manufacturer added a new trim level that shows crossover’s off-road nature. This so-called AT4 trim level gets itself some extra chrome and off-road wheels and tires. The chrome is black and it’s for the grille, while the unique wheels measure 17- and 20 inches. The model comes coupled with standard 3.6 L V-6 engines and twin-clutch all-wheel drive. That’s pretty much everything the automaker wanted to reveal so far. However, we think that the model could also be additionally lifted from the ground and fitted with a retuned suspension.
The mid-cycle refresh happened inside of the SUV as well. The 2020 GMC Acadia provides more storage space thanks to the redesigned center console. There will be no gear lever any longer. The SUV comes with a simple push-button system instead. Also, the manufacturer introduced a new multimedia system that stores driver profiles in the cloud, as well as a head-up display. In addition to the screen, they’ve added a high-definition rearview camera, rear camera mirror, as well as a 15-watt wireless charging pad.
New 4-Cylinder Engine
The refreshed 2020 Acadia will continue to use a 2.5-liter inline-4 with 193 hp and 188 lb-ft as an entry-level mill. The topper will still exploit the awesome 3.6-liter V-6 that develops 310 hp and 271 lb-ft, but that won’t be everything. No, the crossover gets a “middle” unit as well. It’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine which comes coupled with cylinder deactivation and capable of delivering 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both four-cylinders will be using a six-speed auto gearbox, while the potent V6 gets a smother 9-speed automatic transmission.
Arrival And Price
GMC hasn’t announced any pricing information so far, but we think that the entry-point 2020 Acadia won’t cost more than the current one that starts at around $30,500. On the other hand, for the new AT4 version, you will probably need to set aside about $45,000. In any case, the crossover won’t become available in dealerships before fall.