The refresh of the mid-size SUV is expected. The 2023 GMC Acadia will bring notable changes to make the vehicle competitive in the market. According to multiple sources, bosses flagged the SUV as the priority, but the release date is not set yet. We will see the redesigned model in 2023 or 2024. Well, GMC will do everything to speed up the development. The competition is not staying put.
One of the changes we’ve heard about should be a larger body. The new 2023 GMC Acadia will be bigger, but not as huge as the Yukon. This is going to lead to more space for passengers and cargo. The company might be making more slots under the Acadia for a new vehicle. The GMC is going to present a few models in the foreseeable future, such as Hummer electric truck, which is going to be converted to SUV, once the pickup hits the market.
What We Know About the 2023 GMC Acadia?
The latest version of the vehicle debuted in 2017. It is time for a mid-cycle update and General Motors wants to be competitive. Since the automotive industry had a sort of break during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes were very limited. Other companies also didn’t push too hard. Now, after a few seasons, the SUV is ready for an update. So, those are not big news.
Some sources, such as GM Authority, are reporting the level of changes will be significant. Designers are not going to update the front and rear fascias, but also the interior. Plus, according to the GM Authority, the SUV is becoming larger, making a bigger gap with the Terrain crossover. We still don’t know if this is the truth. Spy photos of the new SUV won’t appear so soon to tell us more.
2023 GMC Acadia Denali Refresh
The top of the class model is also going to be refreshed with new features. All GMC vehicles offer the Denali version as the highest trim level. General Motors packs this SUV with premium equipment and materials. For example, the current version is using a powerful V6 engine, compared to the base four-cylinder option. The HD Surround vision is standard, as well as the HUD. In the future, the company is going to upgrade the offer with the Super Cruise autonomous drive. Many GM vehicles will also get this system, and top of the class models are first in the line. It will be easy to recognize the 2023 GMC Acadia Denali, thanks to its large alloy wheels, probably 20-inchers. The interior is covered by leather, and the unique steering wheel is decorated with the Denali badge.
Engines, Specs, Electric Drivetrain
The large SUV is using a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as the base choice. Still, fans are keener on the V6 configuration. If the 2023 GMC Acadia becomes bigger, then the four-pot drivetrain will make no sense. For a 195-inch long SUV, 230 horsepower is just not enough. But, the competition is also using turbocharged engines of smaller displacements.
A 3.5-liter V6 will be a favorite for the 2023 GMC Acadia buyers. It can produce 310 horsepower. However, the towing capacity is not among the best in the class. The SUV currently hauls 4,000 pounds, segment’s average is around 5,000 lbs, while the best models can do more than 6,000. A nine-speed automatic gearbox stays as part of the system and helps to convert 270 lb-ft to front wheels. If the Acadia grows, engineers could redirect power to the rear axle. All-wheel drive still stays an optional upgrade. If you select the Acadia AT4 model, the 4×4 with special upgrades will make an off-road drive more interesting.
2023 GMC Acadia Release Date
The premiere of the 2023 GMC Acadia is not expected so soon. Enthusiasts believe the company will deliver the first units late in 2022. Since there are no official details about the SUV, it might happen a bit later. Some experts even predict the first appearance in 2023, while the SUV comes out as the 2024 YM. In that case, General Motors will lose a year in tough competition against Ford and Toyota models. The price of the 2023 Acadia won’t stay put with all the upgrades we mentioned. A larger SUV with a bigger engine means a price increase. Currently, the MSRP starts under $35,000. The AT4 is one of the favorite versions and it is sitting above $40k. Denali is the premium option with a price tag of $46,000. It is upgradeable, though. We can’t wait to see what the next Ultimate Package is going to bring.