Debuting at the 2023 Detroit auto show, the 2024 GMC Acadia packs a turbocharged 2.5-liter I4 that sends 328 hp and 326 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
GMC stretched the wheelbase 8.4 inches, so those climbing inside the Acadia will welcome the extra space in the second and third rows.
The 2024 GMC Acadia introduces the Super Cruise driver-assistance system to the nameplate.
For those following the General Motors crossover portfolio, it’s probably not a surprise that GMC is giving its Acadia a new generation. Following the launch of Chevrolet’s Traverse, its GMC cousin is getting a similar makeover.
The ’24 Acadia follows many of the Traverse’s changes and ditches the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 for a turbocharged 2.5-liter I4. This new powertrain is stuffed inside a larger shell, along with more consumer-facing technology.
This turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder also replaces the 2.0-liter I4 that powers the lower-optioned Acadia crossovers. This standard engine sends 328 hp and 326 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission to either the front or all four wheels.
This transmission is a new addition to the Acadia and replaces the current nine-speed automatic. If you’re wondering if this turbo-four falls off in performance, don’t worry—it doesn’t. By the numbers, the force-fed I4 makes 18 more hp and 55 lb-ft of torque than the outgoing V6.
GMC also says this powertrain is good for a 5000-pound tow rating if the rest of the Acadia is properly equipped.
Most folks probably won’t even pop the hood on their Acadia until it’s time to refill the washer fluid. Most will care more about the resized shell. For ’24, GMC stretched the Acadia 10.6 inches overall, and it’s 3.2 inches taller than the current model.
Taking advantage of the extra length, GMC stretched the wheelbase 8.4 inches. While that might just be numbers on a spec sheet to some, those climbing inside the Acadia will welcome the extra space in the second and third rows.
While the second and third-row passengers will have more space, the true star of the Acadia’s interior is at the front of the cabin.
The ’24 GMC Acadia comes standard with a 15-inch tablet-style touchscreen media system, which is flanked by an 11-inch digital instrument cluster. This media system also packs Google Built-In, which means you’ll have your favorite Google apps baked in from day one.
Though, this isn’t all of the tech heading to the Acadia. For the first time, GMC is throwing the company’s hands-free Super Cruise its way. This available hands-free highway technology has made its mark across the GM product portfolio and is a welcome addition for those on road trips.
However, if you don’t opt for Super Cruise, you’ll find that your Acadia will come with adaptive cruise control as part of its standard roster of active driver aids.
These driver-assistance features are sure to make folks happy, but GMC also has a treat for those wanting to go off the highway. The ’24 GMC Acadia AT4 takes the brand’s off-road badge and puts it to good use, packing a different grille and a set of 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain rubber.
The AT4 also features a revised all-wheel-drive system dubbed Active Torque Control, which means it has a twin-clutch rear differential. The AT4 comes with an off-road-tuned suspension and offers an inch more ride height.
Considering the shakeup under the hood, and the extra size, it’s likely the price is going to jump when this 2024 Acadia hits dealers early in 2024. However, the folks at GMC have said there won’t be any pricing information until closer to this crossover’s arrival date. Still, the $38,690 starting price is probably a thing of the past.
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