A tasteful evolution has been wrought on the 2013 GMC Acadia that made its debut in Chicago and is slated to arrive in dealer showrooms late this year. In addition to gaining a new measure of visual appeal, this versatile middle-sized crossover also benefits from a number of functional improvements that enhance its user-friendliness and safety.
The key exterior changes on the new Acadia are most visible on its nose and tail. Up front, a new, upright grille treatment features a bolder three-bar insert while new diffused LED running lights reinforce that more assertive look. Out back, the 2013 GMC Acadia gets a wraparound glass treatment, new rear spoiler and restyled taillamp detailing. Finishing off the refresh are new 18-inch and 19-inch wheel designs.
The recast interior on the 2013 Acadia displays more elegant styling manifested by a greater emphasis on soft-touch surfaces set off by details like French stitching and red ambient dash lighting. Its redesigned infotainment system functions now feature capacitive touch controls and all versions of the Acadia also will be fitted with GMC's Color Touch Radio and offer GMC's IntelliLink connectivity that allows full integration of various smartphones and personal electronic devices. Also in the mix are a standard rear-view camera, a photo viewer and HD radio capability along with six months of OnStar's Directions and Connections service. On the safety front, the 2013 Acadia will be the first vehicle in GMC's lineup -- and the entire automotive market -- to be available with GM's front center airbag system. This innovative option deploys from the inboard side of the driver's seat to help protect the driver and front passenger in the case of opposite-side impact crashes.
The 2013 Acadia will retain all of its current passenger/cargo functionality - including the easy-access SmartSlide seating system and flat-folding second and third row seats - whether it's configured for seven or eight. Also carrying over unchanged are the rear-seat entertainment system and Dual SkyScape sunroof.
For those seeking the ultimate in Acadia luxury, the top-line 2013 Acadia Denali will offer its own distinctive exterior trim tweaks -- including unique front/rear fascia treatments and 20-inch machined alloy wheels as well as premium interior enhancements highlighted by perforated leather seats in Denali-specific Cocoa Dune. Other standard features in this primo Acadia variant include heated/cooled front seats, Color Touch navigation, Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems, the Dual SkyScape sunroof and all-wheel drive.
Front-drive or all-wheel drive, the sole engine for the new Acadia will continue to be the existing 288-horsepower/3.6-liter direct-injected V6. However, for 2013 it will be backed by a new next-generation Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission capable of delivering more responsive shifting action and better overall drivability.
No word on pricing for the 2013 GMC Acadia which will be released closer to the on-sale date.
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