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GMC to Show Updated Acadia: Chicago Auto Show

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2012 GMC Acadia

author photo by Jeffrey Archer January 2012
  • GMC spokesman Joe LaMuraglia announced the upcoming Acadia in a recent Tweet.
  • Expect new styling and an updated interior with GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system.
  • We'd also expect a power boost over today's model, which offers a 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V6.

Look for an updated version of GMC's popular Acadia crossover to appear next month at the Chicago Auto Show. That's the latest from GMC spokesman Joe LaMuraglia, who recently announced the impending debut from his Twitter account.

After congratulating colleagues on a well-executed Detroit Auto Show, LaMuraglia's Tweet implored readers to attend the upcoming Chicago Auto Show to see "the new GMC Acadia." LaMuraglia didn't provide any more specifics on an updated version of the crossover, which originally went on sale for the 2007 model year.

So what should we expect from a new Acadia? Although LaMuraglia didn't elaborate on whether we'd see an all-new model or a heavily freshened version of today's crossover, either one will likely feature new styling and a thoroughly updated interior. We think next-generation Acadia will also incorporate GM's new IntelliLink infotainment system, which links to drivers' smart phones to play Internet radio and take voice commands.

Under the hood, we'd expect an updated Acadia to offer a little more power than today's model. While the current Acadia produces a stout 288 horsepower from its 3.6-liter V6, other General Motors models using the same engine offer as much as 315 horses, leading us to believe there's room for improvement. But despite the likely power bump, we wouldn't be surprised if GMC finds a way to boost fuel economy from today's mediocre 17 miles per gallon in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway.

Of course, a refreshed Acadia means updated versions of the crossover's twins - Chevrolet's seven-passenger Traverse and the upscale Buick Enclave - can't be far behind. Both models went on sale after the Acadia, with the Enclave arriving in 2008 and the Traverse making its debut the following year.

In 2011, GMC sold almost 80,000 units of the Acadia, beating out rivals like the Nissan Pathfinder and Dodge Durango while falling short of best sellers like the Honda Pilot and Ford's Explorer. Despite an aging design, Acadia sales increased more than 16 percent last year, likely due to boosted incentives and an improving economy.

What it means to you: With a new model on the way, don't buy the current Acadia without negotiating a substantial discount.

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