2013 GMC Acadia Preview: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

February 8, 2012

GMC has revealed the refreshed 2013 Acadia three-row crossover at the Chicago Auto Show. With an updated exterior and more refined interior, GMC is looking to reinforce its "Professional-Grade Engineering" tagline.

The updated front end now features standard LED daytime running lights and a three-bar grille with a more upright design. The rear end incorporates wrap-around rear glass and a rear spoiler, with new taillights finishing off the design. New wheel designs come in 18-inch and 19-inch sizes, depending on the model and trim level.

Inside the Acadia has been upgraded with soft-touch materials and French stitching. Interior lighting is still red, but now features ambient lighting. Aluminum accents are featured on the center console, doors, and dashboard in SLT models.

The 2013 Acadia features an upgraded infotainment system with capacitive touch controls (think iPad) and HD Radio capability. A rearview camera and GMC's Color Touch Radio system are standard. GMC's new IntelliLink system, which allows drivers to wirelessly integrated smartphones for hands-free calling and audio through the vehicle's Bluetooth system, is an option.

The Acadia will full of safety technology include GMC's new front-center airbag system. Blind-spot monitors are also available. OnStar will continue to be standard for six months.

Powering the 2013 Acadia is today's 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 rated at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. A revamped Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission helps the Acadia get an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg in front-wheel drive and 16/23 mpg when equipped with all-wheel drive.

The 2013 GMC Acadia will go on sale in late 2012.

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