2017 GMC Acadia Denali Gets New Engine, Sheds 700 Pounds

It’s not a midlife crisis but for MY 2017 GMC Acadia Denali has gotten a facelift and shed 700-pounds. The new model is also debuting a new 2.5L engine.

Featuring a new front fascia more in line with the GMC Canyon and Sierra, the Acadia Denali puts forward a strong chrome grille with angular headlights that wouldn’t, or rather shouldn’t, be categorized as aggressive.

The GMC team attributes the Acadia Denali’s 700-pound weight loss will pay off at the pump with owners able to achieve an estimated 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city for FWD models.

For buyers wanting more power, GMC will offer the 2017 Acadia Denali with a 3.6L V-6 engine that gives buyers 4,000 pounds of estimated trailering capability (with the available towing package). GMC estimates fuel economy with the 3.6L engine to result in 25 mpg on the highway.

Parents will love the seating and storage options in the Acadia Denali. The split-folding second-row seat is said to have improved on GMC’s Smart Slide feature offering greater flexibility, “including the capability of the curbside seat sliding and tilting forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, while the driver-side section tips and slides forward for easier access to the third row.”

GMC also boasts that, “The 50/50-split third-row seat folds flat for a completely flat load floor behind the second row and when the second row is also folded, there’s 79 cubic feet of cargo room. Levers at the rear of the vehicle make it easier to fold the second- and third-row seats.”

The 2017 Acadia Denali will offer the latest in GMC safety technology with certain technologies available depending on the package purchased. The brand’s Tow Vision Trailering system and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also available.

The 2017 GMC Acadia will be produced at General Motors’ Spring Hill assembly facility in Tennessee, with globally sourced parts.

MSRP and on on-sale date have yet to be announced.

image courtesy of GMC
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