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Holden Acadia 2019 pricing and specs confirmed

Holden will offer initial drive-away pricing for the Acadia seven-seater, starting at $42,990 for the base LT.

Holden has officially released the American-built Acadia large SUV in Australia, with a drive-away pricing structure confirmed from launch kicking off with the $42,990 entry-level LT grade.

Stepping up to the LTZ costs $53,990, while the top-grade LTZ-V wears a $63,990 price tag.

Read the full Holden Acadia 2019 review here.

Buyers can also opt for all-wheel drive (AWD), as opposed to the standard front-wheel-drive set-up, for an additional $4000 in each case.

According to Holden director of marketing Kristian Aquilina, the “initial” drive-away pricing was put in place to generate interest in the vehicle from launch, with standard manufacturer's list pricing to kick in at a later date.

“We’re launching with a promoted price point from the get-go to really get that value story around Acadia out there from the start,” he said.

The top-dog LTZ-V adds 20-inch alloy wheels. The top-dog LTZ-V adds 20-inch alloy wheels.

“(We want to) make this a truly irresistible choice for the many, many people swarming around that SUV market at the moment.”

Furthermore, Holden will offer a $1000 cash-back incentive on orders placed before November 12, 2018 lowering the pre-launch LT 2WD to $41,990 drive-away.

When the before-on-road-cost pricing structure kicks in, the Acadia line-up will cost $43,490, $53,490 and $63,490 for the LT, LTZ and LTZ-V respectively, with AWD still coming at a $4000 premium.

The Acadia is motivated by a 3.6-litre naturally aspirated direct-injection V6 petrol engine, which is tuned to deliver 231kW of power and 367Nm of torque, and is matched exclusively with a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission that features uphill mode, downhill mode, shift stabilisation and a 'tow-haul' mode.

A number of driving modes are also at the driver's disposal including Normal, Sport, Snow and Trailer Tow in FWD guise, while the all-paw setup gets Normal 2WD, Sport AWD, Off-road Sport AWD and Trailer Tow AWD.

The all-wheel-drive system can also be set to run front-drive only, allowing for improved fuel economy.

Holden's figures say that the Acadia uses 8.9 liters per 100 kilometres in standard FWD guise, or up to 9.3L/100km with AWD.

The FWD set-up is lighter, meaning it can sprint from 0-100km in 7.0 seconds with its 1874kg kerb weight, while the AWD system adds an extra 94kg.

The FWD set-up is lighter at 1874kg, while the AWD system adds an extra 94kg. The FWD set-up is lighter at 1874kg, while the AWD system adds an extra 94kg.

Key mechanical components include an electric rack and pinion steering system, MacPherson-style struts at the front and a five-link at the rear, and brake discs that measure 321mm and 314mm front-to-back.

The Acadia also benefits from a strong list of safety gear including auto emergency braking (AEB) with cyclist and pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist that recognises unpainted road edges and gravel, blind spot monitoring, haptic seat vibrations, nationwide traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control with a speed limiter.

Standard gear includes a new-generation C1 multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sat nav, keyless entry/go, three-zone climate control, five USB ports and 18-inch alloys.

Moving up to the LTZ, customers gain leather upholstery, a power adjustable driver's seat, a heated front row, foglights, rain-sensing wipers, wireless phone charging, an electric tailgate and parking assistance.

The top-dog LTZ-V adds 20-inch alloy wheels with improved suspension, an electric front passenger seat, ventilated seats, dual-panel sunroof, HID headlights, adaptive cruise control, higher-speed AEB, a surround-view monitor, a larger driver info display and a premium sound system.

2018 Holden Acadia list pricing

Holden Acadia LT – automatic – $42,990 drive-away
Holden Acadia LT AWD – automatic – $46,990 drive-away
Holden Acadia LTZ – automatic – $53,990 drive-away
Holden Acadia LTZ AWD – automatic – $57,990 drive-away
Holden Acadia LTZ-V – automatic – $63,990 drive-away
Holden Acadia LTZ-V AWD – automatic – $67,990 drive-away

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