The GMC Acadia began its history back in 2007 when the standard model was first introduced to the market. In 2010, GMC added the Denali version and just one year later, in 2011, the model had the best sales in its five-year history. Wanting to keep the momentum going, GMC is offering some refreshing updates to the 2013 model year for both the standard and Denali versions, which it introduced at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Sales will begin in late 2012.
"With an award-winning combination of space, capability and fuel-efficiency, Acadia epitomizes GMC’s ’never say never’ attitude," said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing. "For 2013, our engineers and designers applied that same attitude to developing the new Acadia."
Changes for the 2013 GMC Acadia include a new exterior design highlighted by signature LED lighting, plus a refined interior with soft-touch materials, accent stitching, and ambient lighting. As for power, GMC has kept the usual 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine under the hood.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 GMC Acadia.
Exterior and Interior
The 2013 GMC Acadia was designed to offer an even more impressive stance. For this, the company put in a redesigned three-bar grille, diffused LED running lamps, and new taillamp detailing. Other changes include a wrap-around rear glass and a new rear spoiler. The SUV sits on new 18-, 19-, and 20-inch wheels.
For the interior, GMC is offering upgraded soft-touch materials with French stitching that add a tailored look and red ambient light flowing across the dashboard. The SLT and Denali models get aluminum accents on the center console, doors, and dash.
New or redesigned Denali exterior additions:
- New, three-dimensional polished grille
- Redesigned lower front and rear fascias
- Body-color lower cladding and rocker moldings, rear fascia and fender flares
- Unique body-side moldings with chrome accents and Denali badges
- Dual flow-through chrome exhaust outlets integrated into the rear fascia
- 20-inch machined wheels
New or redesigned Denali interior additions
- Perforated leather seating and Denali-specific Cocoa Dune upholstery color
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inserts and power tilt/telescope
- Aluminum trim accents
- Heated and cooled front seats
- Accent lighting in footwells and lighted sill plates with Denali logo
- Color Touch navigation
- Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Dual SkyScape sunroof system, with sliding front sunroof and fixed rear section
- All-wheel drive
The 2013 GMC Acadia is powered by its usual 3.6L direct injection V6 engine with variable valve timing that produces a total of 288 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque. The model is offered in front-wheel-drive as standard, but an all-wheel-drive model is also available. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.
The 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali will be built at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. Pricing, availability, and more details will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date in late 2012.
The list of competitors for the Acadia includes models like the Ford Explorer and the Mazda CX-9 . The Explorer has the advantage of being offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.5-liter V6 and a new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder motor, with power ranging from 237 to 290 HP. The CX-9 also comes with both AWD and FWD versions, but only one engine: a 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine that delivers a total of 273 hp @ 6250 rpm and 270 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm.
- Updated look
- Both FWD and AWD
- New technology for the interior
- Just one engine