The donor car for our Holden Acadia has been given a new look in the USA, complete with a new range-topping trim and more upmarket styling.
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GMC has unveiled the 2020 Acadia SUV, donor for our Holden Acadia, with a more upmarket face, a new turbocharged engine, and a fresh range-topping trim grade.

Although there's plenty going on under the skin, we're going to start by talking about the car's new look. With slimmer headlights, a fresh daytime running light signature and a grille more in keeping with the wider range of GMC cars and trucks, it's definitely a more upmarket take on the formula laid out by the original Acadia.

The changes are less pronounced at the rear, where the car's hook-shaped taillights have been given revised graphics.

Under the bonnet (or should that be hood?) is a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine making 172kW and 350Nm, put to the road through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6L V6 we get in our Acadia carries over, making the same 231kW and 367Nm as before, along with the same base 2.5L engine as before.

In Australia, the new infotainment system (mention upcoming) and nine-speeder are already standard fit.

Gone is the old-fashioned gear selector, replaced with an electric shifter controlled by buttons on the dashboard. That frees up console space, and is also designed to lend the Acadia a more upmarket feeling.

The navigation system has been treated to an update, complete with live traffic updates, and there are two USB-C ports. Wireless charging is an option, along with a standard rear-view camera on lower-grade models in the USA. A rear-camera mirror is optional on the top-sped Denali, and the car's suspension has been tweaked.

Finally, a fresh off-road inspired (read: tough looking, not driving) AT4 variant has been added to the range for 2019 (2020 in US speak). It gets a range of styling add-ons, all-wheel drive and unique wheels wrapped in all-terrain tyres.


Speaking with CarAdvice, a Holden spokesperson said "it would be premature for us to even contemplate discussing any facelift" given the Acadia has only just launched in Australia.