The brand-new 2017 GMC Acadia is about to arrive in showrooms, but the American car company doesn’t seem too eager to get rid of the previous model.
It looks like GMC will sell both models to retail customers for a limited time - and this information comes from General Motors spokesman Brian Goebel.
Although the official didn’t discuss a timetable, the older model will be sold under the Acadia Limited for the 2017 model year. According to Automotive News, the decision was a manufacturing one, as the brand new model will be built in Spring Hill, Tennessee, instead of GM’s plant in Lansing, Michigan, where the current Acadia, together with its sister vehicles (the Enclave and Traverse) is still produced. GM wants to keep a full production schedule at the plant until another product will fill the Acadia’s vacant spot, as Goebel explained:
"Given the fact that those sister vehicles will continue their production, the current Acadia will continue to be built to offer another option for our customers."
Compared to the older model, its successor appeals to a different segment, being 17 centimeters (7 inches) shorter so there's no chance of the two competing with one another.