2017 GMC Acadia: Designing and Engineering a “Professional Grade” Crossover
GMC doesn’t make cars. It makes trucks and utility vehicles. There’s the small Terrain. There’s the large Yukon. And now there’s an all-new seven-passenger Acadia right in between.
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“This is one of the most interesting vehicles I’ve ever had the opportunity to work on,” says Matt Noone, director of GMC exterior design, speaking of the 2017 GMC Acadia, the second-generation of the crossover SUV. The first-generation Acadia originally appeared as a model year 2007 product, based on the GM Lambda platform, which also gave rise to the Buick Enclave, the Chevrolet Traverse and the now-passed Saturn Outlook.
The new Acadia is based on the new GM midsize crossover platform that is also used for the 2017 Cadillac XT5. The major difference between the 2016 and the 2017 Acadia is the size. Explains Paul Spadafora, chief engineer for both the new Acadia and the XT5, when they looked at the Acadia they took into account the use of the vehicle, and learned from customers that there was an interest in something smaller, more garage-able and with a reduced turning radius.
So the 2017 Acadia is dimensionally smaller than its predecessor, and while the 2016 model can be configured to seat up to eight people, the new one handles a maximum of seven.
In terms of the size differences: