GMC is keeping the old Acadia around for at least one additional model year.
GMC has announced the first-generation Acadia crossover (pictured) will be sold alongside the new second-gen model that bowed a couple of months ago at the Detroit Auto Show for at least one model year.
Presented a decade ago, the first-gen model is receiving the Acadia Limited nameplate for the 2017 model year. Trade journal Automotive News explains GMC parent company General Motors decided to keep both models around for manufacturing-related reasons. The Acadia is currently assembled in Lansing, Michigan, while the new second-gen Acadia will be built in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Axing the original Acadia would have forced GM to temporarily reduce the Lansing plant's output.
It doesn't sound like GMC is making any major mechanical modifications to the original Acadia. Markedly bigger and heavier than its replacement, the eight-seater crossover will carry on with a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission will continue to come standard, and all-wheel drive will remain offered at an extra cost.
GMC will publish full details about the 2017 Acadia Limited in the coming weeks. The brand new 2017 Acadia is scheduled to arrive in showrooms before summer.