2013 GMC Acadia shows up with slightly new look

The new 2013 GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali, unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, comes with a new exterior and safety features including the new front center air bag. The new cars retain the interior functionality popular with families, including the SmartSlide seating system, which allows easy access to the third row for both seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations.

Likewise, both the second and third row still fold flat for class-leading maximum cargo space, including the ability to carry 48-inch-wide sheet goods, such as drywall and plywood.

A chiseled, three-bar grille sits prominently in the new, more upright design. Diffused LED running lamps lend a premium look to the GMC Acadia and are standard on all models, regardless of whether standard projector beam or optional HID headlamps are selected. New taillamp detailing reflects the advancements up front.

The new GMC Acadia gets other subtle exterior design updates, including wrap-around rear glass and a new rear spoiler. New 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheel patterns complement the vehicle’s lines and stance.

The Acadia’s refined interior uses upgraded soft-touch materials, with French stitching that adds a tailored look and red ambient light flowing across the dashboard. SLT and Denali models get aluminum accents on the center console, doors and dash.

The new GMC Acadia will be the first vehicle on the market with GMC’s new front center air bag system, created to protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and positions itself between the driver and front passenger.

Standard on the GMC Acadia Denali and available on other models are Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems. These systems use radar to watch spots the driver may not be able to see – and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions.

The new GMC Acadia Denali features redesigned exterior additions include:
• New, three-dimensional polished grille
• Redesigned lower front and rear fascias
• Body-color lower cladding and rocker moldings, rear fascia and fender flares
• Unique body-side moldings with chrome accents and Denali badges
• Dual flow-through chrome exhaust outlets integrated into the rear fascia
• 20-inch machined wheels

On the interior, the Acadia Denali adds standard comfort and safety features, including:
• Perforated leather seating and Denali-specific Cocoa Dune upholstery color
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inserts and power tilt/telescope
• Aluminum trim accents
• Heated and cooled front seats
• Accent lighting in footwells and lighted sill plates with Denali logo
• Color Touch navigation
• Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Dual SkyScape sunroof system, with sliding front sunroof and fixed rear section

All new 2013 GMC Acadia models are powered by a fuel-efficient, 3.6L direct injection V-6 with variable valve timing, producing 288 horsepower (215 kW) and 270 lb-ft (266 Nm) of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trim levels, while the added control of all-wheel drive is available. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds (2268 kg).
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