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Holden Acadia 2020 update revealed

GMC has revealed a facelifted version of the Acadia SUV with a more upmarket look.
Jake Williams
Journalist

19 Feb 2019 • 4 min read

GMC has unveiled a mid-life facelift for the US-spec Acadia large SUV, which is a strong hint at what's in store for the Australian version, which wears Holden badges. 

Even though the local version has only been on sale since October 2018, the US model has been around for three years. 

This update brings a more premium look thanks to more chrome, as well as new technology, an updated interior and the adoption of 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol option.

The refreshed front end features a huge new chrome grille and redesigned headlights with new LED daytime running lights and LED internals. The lower grille has also been redesigned with extra chrome, while there are new alloy wheel designs in sizes up to 20-inches

The rear end features new LED tailights. The rear end features new LED tailights.

The rear end has also received some changes, with redesigned tail-light internals with new LED outer rings. The variant pictured here is a new addition to the GMC range, called the AT4, which features more off-road flavoured styling with black styling cues and black alloys with off-road tyres

The interior of the Acadia has also seen some changes, with a new push button gear selector taken from the smaller GMC Terrain, as well as a new lower centre console thanks to the lack of a traditional transmission selector. 

The interior materials appear to be more upmarket as well, with dashboard stitching, USB C inputs, a wireless phone charging pad, new woodgrain trim and a colour heads-up display. 

The US-spec Acadia has received the same 8.0-inch media system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation as the existing Holden model, as well as a digital instrument cluster that also debuted in the Holden.

The 8.0-inch media screen comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 8.0-inch media screen comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 173kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is likely a version of the unit we see in the Equinox and Commodore. The 231kW/367Nm 3.6-litre V6 fitted to Australian Acadias is unchanged, as is the nine-speed automatic transmission

In the US, a naturally aspirated 143kW/255Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine remains the entry level option, though thankfully is unlikely for Australian consumption. 

North American-spec Acadias have also seen suspension revisions developed by Holden, which are said to enhance the car's ride quality and handling. 

Holden is yet to comment on the facelifted Acadia, with local spokesperson Daniel Cotterill advising CarsGuide that the company does not comment on future product. 

“It would be premature for us to discuss any facelift - we’ve only just launched the vehicle.” he said.

“We launched with some features in ours that the facelift vehicle is only just getting.”

Given the Holden Acadia is sourced from GM's Tennessee plant in the US, we'd be surprised if the facelifted model didn't appear down under within the next 12 months. 

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