All-New 2017 GMC Acadia

The all-new 2017 Acadia takes on the heart of the midsize crossover segment. It features seating for up to seven passengers with several different models, including the premium Acadia Denali. The new All Terrain model (Fig. 1) features enhanced off-road capability while providing seating for five and added cargo capability.


2017 All-New GMC Acadia All Terrain

Fig. 1




The new 2.5L 4-cylinder engine (RPO LCV) standard on the Acadia produces 194 horsepower and 190 lb.ft. of torque. It includes Auto Stop/Start technology to increase efficiency in stop-and-go driving. The engine is paired with the Hydra-Matic™ 6T50 6-speed automatic transmission.


The 2.5L engine features a high pressure direct injection fuel system, dual overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing, electronic throttle control, and pistons with jet-spray oil cooling. When equipped with this engine, the vehicle also has Active Grille Shutters.


The new available 3.6L V6 engine (RPO LGX) (Fig. 2) is more powerful and efficient than the current model. It generates 310 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque while offering an estimated 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg) of trailering capability with the available towing package. The 3.6L engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic™ 6T70 6-speed automatic transmission.


F02 3.6L engine

Fig. 2

The new engine design represents the latest version of GM’s DOHC V6 engine family and incorporates Active Fuel Management (AFM) along with direct injection (DI) and continuously variable valve timing (VVT).


The 2.5L engine uses dexos 5W-20 engine oil and the 3.6L engine uses dexos 5W-30 engine oil.


The advanced Active Twin Clutch All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system on the Acadia All Terrain model electronically splits torque between the rear wheels when needed to provide additional control versus a 50/50 split in a single clutch system. It provides enhanced traction, stability and performance during vehicle acceleration and cornering as well as improved traction in wet or slippery conditions.


It also has a specific All Terrain mode in place of the Off-Road mode on the drive mode selector, which offers enhanced hill-climb capability and unique tuning.


Acadia models also feature a MacPherson strut front suspension with a five-link rear suspension, a rack mounted electric power steering system and, on SLT2 and Denali models, an electronically controlled continuous damping system.


Interior Features


The split folding second row seating improves on the original Smart Slide feature of the current model. (Fig. 3) It includes the capability of the curbside seat sliding and tilting forward even with a forward-facing child seat in place.


F03 2017 Acadia interior 7-pass seating

Fig. 3


The 50/50-split, two-passenger third row seat folds flat for a completely flat load floor behind the second row. Levers at the rear of the vehicle make it easier to fold the second and third row seats.


Safety Features


New active safety features that are available on Acadia include Lane Keep Assist, Front Park Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Change Alert, Safety Alert Seat, Surround Vision and IntelliBeam. These features are designed to help make drivers more aware of their surroundings and help avoid potential crash situations.


The available Active Tow system helps make hitching up easier by employing the Rear Vision Camera (RVC) with dynamic guidelines to help line up the Acadia’s hitch with the trailer. (Fig. 4) Using the screen buttons, it also offers a view of the trailer while driving above 5 mph. The view is exited automatically after eight seconds.


F04 2017 Acadia Active Tow

Fig. 4


New Technology


The Acadia offers a hands-free power liftgate on Denali models. To open or close the liftgate hands-free, kick your foot straight under the left (driver’s side) corner of the rear bumper. The Remote Keyless Entry transmitter must be within three feet of the liftgate.


The IntelliLink system in the Acadia offers support for Apple® CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto support as well as available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi. It’s available with a 7-inch or 8-inch diagonal touch screen. (Fig. 5)


F05 Acadia radio

Fig. 5


The Rear Seat Reminder feature on the Acadia provides a DIC message and warning chime when exiting the vehicle if the rear doors have been opened during the ignition cycle. The system does not actually detect objects in the rear seat, but detects when a rear door was opened and closed, indicating there may be something in the rear seat.


Special Tools


The following new tools were released for the 2017 Acadia:

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For additional information on the all-new 2017 Acadia, refer to Bulletin #16-NA-135.


– Thanks to Sherman Dixon and Tom Burlingame

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