• Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023

2020 GMC Acadia Gets an Early Facelift

2020 GMC Acadia Refresh

Even for today’s industry standards, the Acadia is a quite fresh model. The current generation arrived a couple of years ago. However, things are not going in the way GMC wanted, so the next year is about to bring us a lot of changes. After only two years, we are about to see a facelift and even mode. Besides typical aesthetical upgrades, the 2020 GMC Acadia will also come with notable mechanical upgrades, as well as with novelties on the inside. Finally, there is a completely new, off-road version to come.

It will be called the 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 and will come with a lot of off-road upgrades. The rest of the trim level organization is about to remain the same, though each version should come with a couple of novelties in terms of standard equipment. All in all, we have big expectations for the new model.

2020 GMC Acadia Refresh

2020 GMC Acadia Specs

The upcoming model is about to come with a lot of changes. Still, the base design won’t change. Count of the same overall design, which is based on a familiar C1 platform, which also underprints the model’s counterpart from Chevy, Traverse. The size and proportions will remain the same but there is a lot of work on the sheet metal. Of course, most changes will come at the front end. We are about to see a completely new face, which will include redesigned grille, headlights, bumper and more.

The overall impression is that the new model will look far more rugged. The grille is squarish and massive, and also looks quite prominent. Same goes for the headlights. It looks like the facelifted model took a lot of inspiration from the company’s truck lineup, as it looks more SUV-ish than before.

We definitely like the look more, but that’s not all for the 2020 GMC Acadia changes, in terms of the styling. The new model will also come with a couple of revision at the rear end, as well as with novelties in terms of new wheels, color options etc.

2020 GMC Acadia Price


The 2020 GMC Acadia refresh includes changes on the inside as well. Despite that the overall cabin layout is practically the same, there is a lot of revision in terms of gadgetry and other tech goodies. The first thing that comes to mind is a new infotainment system. A familiar 8-inch touchscreen may be the same, but there is an updated software, which makes the use far more convenient. A navigation system has been updated as well, while there is also a couple of additional USB ports. Another thing to mention is that wireless charging is also available.

These are all quite notable changes but, as we already mentioned, 2020 GMC Acadia interior keeps a familiar layout. That means you can count on an upscale, very attractive cabin that is full of quality soft-touch materials. In terms of space. First two rows are very comfortable, while the third one is very tight and definitely can’t provide good accommodation for adults. The cargo area is also relatively small, as you can count on 13 cubic feet behind the third row.

GMC Acadia AT4

One of the most interesting novelties will be a new version called 2020 GMC Acadia AT4. This will be an off-road version, which should attract a wider range of potential buyers. Compared to standard models, it will come with a couple of interesting upgrades. Of course, visual upgrades are always welcome, but the fact with this model is that it doesn’t feature too many trail upgrades. AWD is standard, as well as a V6 engine. However, there aren’t many off-road driver aids in the offer.

2020 GMC Acadia AT4

2020 GMC Acadia Engines

Changes under the hood are probably the most important ones in this update. First of all, there is a new 9-speed transmission, which works much better compared to an outdated 6-speed gearbox. Another important novelty is a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine, which delivers around 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine will be available in mid-range trim levels. On the other side, a familiar 2.5-liter unit with around 193 horsepower will remain reserved for base models. Finally, a familiar 3.6-liter V6 will remain reserved for top-range models. It delivers around 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

Some reports were suggesting even a version with an oil-burner, which would come as the 2020 GMC Acadia Diesel, the current situation indicates that such version won’t come.

Release Date and Price

Given the update, we expect to see the upcoming model a little bit earlier than usual. Most likely, it will hit the market in the third quarter of the year. When it comes to the 2020 GMC Acadia price, it shouldn’t be much different compared to the current model, which goes in a range between 29.000 and 48.000 dollars, roughly.

Despite the changes, the Acadia will still have a tough job, as this segment is pretty crowded. Moreover, some of the key players on the market, such as Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer, are coming completely redesigned.

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