The entry-level model now starts at just under $30,000 (including freight).

General Motors has lowered the GMC Acadia's base price for the 2017 model year.

The latest-generation crossover is 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor and also nearly $2,000 cheaper, enabling buyers to purchase the SL front-wheel-drive trim for $29,995 (including $995 freight).

Buyers seeking the ultimate 'Denali' experience will have to pay at least $45,845 for the FWD variant or $47,845 for the top-trim AWD edition.

A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 195 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque for the basic packages, with highway fuel efficiency topping out at an estimated 28 mpg. GM expects its 3.6-liter V6 to bring output up to 310 ponies and reach up to 25 mpg.

The biggest change for the 2017 Acadia is its physical size, shrinking by seven inches in length and three inches in width.

The redesign brings a wide range of modern safety technologies including front pedestrian braking, surround vision cameras and a safety alert seat. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support is also standard across the entire range.

The new Acadia is scheduled to arrive in showrooms this spring.

Live photos by Brian Williams.