The 2017 GMC Acadia is set to be the first major redesign for the brand’s large SUV since it was launched in 2007. Is this the new model caught high-altitude testing?
The Acadia debuted along with its near-twin, the now-defunct Saturn Outlook, in 2007 as GM’s first large, unibody, transverse-engined, three-row crossover. It shares the same platform with the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, which came out one year and two years later, respectively. The newer models more closely resemble each other than the original two.
The Acadia was given a facelift in 2013, the last update for the long-lived crossover.
The new Acadia is rumored to use GM’s new Chi (C1XX) platform, which is a modular platform that can support different wheelbases for midsize and large crossovers.
Also rumored is that the Acadia will use GM’s new 9-speed automatic transmission, which was developed in-house. Engines haven’t been released, but many speculate that the current 3.6-liter V-6 will be jettisoned in favor of a turbocharged V-6.
Earlier this summer, the 2017 GMC Acadia was spotted testing with a trailer in northern Arizona. The photos show similar body camouflage as the the latest spotting, along with similar wheels that are also similar to the current Acadia.
So is this the new 2017 GMC Acadia testing at high altitudes in Colorado? Check out the full TFLcar video and see for yourself: