2020 GMC Acadia Unveiled With New 230 HP 2.0L Engine, 9-Speed Auto

In its third year in the market, the second generation GMC Acadia has received a mid-cycle refresh, which brings both stylistic and technical updates.

Expanding the engine lineup is a new 2.0-liter turbo-four with cylinder deactivation. It pushes out 230 hp (233 PS / 172 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque and joins the 2.5-liter I-4 and 3.6-liter V6 as standard on the SLT and Denali grades.

Replacing the previous six-speed automatic gearbox is a new nine-speed auto. GMC claims it offers better optimized acceleration and efficiency, while also freeing up more storage space in the central console by having an electronically controlled gear selector instead of the regular transmission shifter. The suspension has been updated to enhance both handling and ride comfort, and models powered by the new engine have a standard eBoost brake system.

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Visually, the 2020 Acadia sets itself apart from the outgoing iteration with new front and rear fascias. The brand’s C-shaped lighting signature, black chrome-accented grille, side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals and unique alloy wheels with all-terrain or all-season tires complete the package.

It also has a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with a higher resolution and improved voice recognition. A new wireless charging pad, two USB-C ports, high-def reversing camera and a new head-up display with late availability round up the list of updates.

The 2020 GMC Acadia will go on sale this fall, with pricing details to be announced closer to that date. It will manufactured at GM’s Spring Hill facility in Tennessee.

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  • Christian

    Okay… But that new Focus ST look’s hot!

    • Bash

      No it doesn’t look good, looks very KIA like.

      • Mr. EP9

        That means Kia is doing something right if Ford copies them.

        • Bash

          Excellent turnout of events

    • dumblikeyou2

      That Focus looks about as hot as an explosive Pinto.

  • Wow, now even better looking than the Cadillac XT6.

  • Bash

    I love the new looks, specially those rugged wheels.

    • Dennis Scipio

      Really? I’m not too keane on that new grille but everything epse

  • Knotmyrealname

    Overall I don’t mind this thing, but the instrument panel just looks massive. It just has oversized elements everywhere. If you compare to say, an Audi, this reminds me of an American Range cooker.

    • carlbolt

      Isn’t that typical American design? looks oversized and aggressive but nothing is practical, and lacks the subtlety for second look.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Massive grille and slim headlights like the X7, but no one is going to comment on the grille size. Goes to show design is all about perception and proportionality.
    The rugged trim looks quite good. And I am glad that this and the Traverse are finally significantly different looking than their BUICK brother (or sister or cousin or whatever 🙂 )

  • salamOOn

    i love that offroad version!

    • Bash


  • charlotteharry57

    It’s getting a needed overhaul because its sales tanked in 2018. Blame Consumer Reports and others for noting dreadful reliability as one reason.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Good job GM. after the recent spate of
    MCRs over at Chevy I was getting very worried about your styling direction.

    This looks properly butch and rugged. Exactly like a GMC should. That new infotainment is solid from what I hear as well (it should still be 2.25” larger). New transmission. New engine. This is good.

    Now either get rid of the fake wood, or buy nice looking fake wood.

  • Rocket

    The exterior styling is a huge improvement. Too bad another perfectly fine shifter bites the dust.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I like it. I like emergency updates. It’s a nice slap to an invasive bean counter’s face.

  • FordMopar

    All the comments made and
    nobody bats their eyes on their normal 4-cylinder engine that has laughable 193 horsepower??? For a massive crossover? The new turbo 4 should be standard in place of old current 4-cyl and the V6 as no cost upgrade option.

  • Paul

    I certainly looks better than before.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Toyota Front
    Ford Rear

  • Harry_Wild

    The front end looks much better but the rear quarter design still looks weird! Nice that the Acadia gets better Denalli seats and added a deeper storage center console.


    Headlights screaming dodge charger

  • no25

    how they managed to ruin a decently looking SUV is something I’ll never understand.

  • MarkoS

    Nice update until one gets to the 90’s taillights that belong on a different design. GM seems to be on a tail-spin again.

  • James Moore

    They definitely photoshopped it in to the landscape to make people think it could go off-road. It’s barely capable of well-groomed gravel roads. Just because they put aggressive tires on it changes nothing. I speak from experience.

  • Mr. EP9

    Acadia AT4.

  • nellydesign

    Lol, they gave it that terrible shifter from the Terrain. Made out of window switches.

  • john1168

    It looks like the front came from a totally different vehicle. That front doesn’t look like it belongs on that suv…

  • SteersUright

    Looks antiquated from nearly every angle, inside and out. GM looks as if they are abandoning the car biz.

  • Patrick Sandoval

    GMC Acadia is a dud. Minor updates to powertrain, tech, exterior styling, and interior tweaking for mid-cycle refresh. Wait for their ridiculous MSRP price releases for higher level trims. Ford Explorer prices with higher level trims are outrageous as well as the Chevy blazer!!!! I’m disappointed that most all American automotive mainstream companies such as GM brands and Ford don’t have optional full digital instrument clusters as latest tech available today for the middle-income consumer… Awkward half analog tiny limited functioned digital displays for the consumer even for upcoming 2020 vehicles. They are milking the average American’s money to get suckered into trading in later down the road for an upgrade. At least Hyundai is doing it right with latest tech; i.e., upcoming Hyundai Palisade with optional full digital instrument panel. And it’s integration with both side cameras on its instrument display when using turn signals is genius! Also Hyundai’s center infotainment display is 10 inches wide oriented with intuitive customization for splitting sections by thirds to fit your customized preferences. They are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition in value and tech practicality. Alexa integration is the next tech wave craze for all upcoming vehicles. Hyundai’s exterior is arguable getting better. Least they are forward moving. Even hyundai’s interior quality have improved significantly and with functional layouts and practical accessories such as integrated side-door sunshades for the family kiddos. LED lighting in all the right places. And a warranty to give you piece of mind for unexpected repairs. American car companies are in collusion to reap profits with low ball car amenities.

  • Harry_Wild

    Now the Acadia AT4 is ready to do the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada! Sorry Wrangler but you just cannot not hack it on the Rubicon!

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