In the process the Acadia makes the move from GM’s hulking Lambda platform, which endowed the previous Acadia with an eight-seat interior and a 5101 mm overall length, to the D2XX platform that also underpins the new Chevrolet Cruze and Opel Astra.
The new flexible platform may be slightly more compact, but the new Acadia still goes toe-to-toe with Kluger for size, however seating capacity has been reduced to seven, but weight has been reduced by 318kg in the base model.
A choice of a 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine matched to front-wheel-drive, or 231kW 3.6 litre V6 paired with all-wheel-drive will be available, both are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.
A new active twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system offers better off-road capability, with a specially prepared All-Terrain version optionally available.
The Acadia range also offers Tow Vision, for easier trailer hitching, autonomous emergency braking, automatic high-beam, surround-vision cameras, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring among its safety features.
The top-spec Acadia Denali also offers a new Continuously Variable ride Control suspension system as well as a unique tessellated chrome grille, larger alloy wheels, and body-coloured lower cladding.
The new car shares its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Traverse, but the Acadia offers bolder styling in line with GMC’s positioning as an SUV/all-terrain division.
Which raises the question: with the Holden Captiva past due for retirement, and Holden eyeing-off vehicles from GM’s global portfolio, could the Acadia be offered here?
Certainly its dimensions pit it squarely against family SUVs like the Kia Sorento, Nissan Pathfinder, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota Kluger, but the absense of a diesel engine could give Holden cold feet.
Chevrolet has also hinted at a new SUV offering to fit in between Traverse and the slightly smaller Equinox, while the Buick Envision which has just been announced for the US is another contender for the role, and is likely to replace the Opel Antara (previously sold here as the Captiva 5).
So if you had the choice, which of GM’s burgeoning range of SUV’s would you bring here to replace the Captiva?