2021 GMC Acadia Denali, AT4, Specs, Price

This mid-size crossover has recently received an update, so we are pretty sure that the 2021 GMC Acadia won’t come with any particular change. Those would be the best words to explain our expectations for the next year when it comes to this vehicle. The current generation has been around for a couple of years and has already received big updates. There is a new styling, new interior features and even new powertrain options.

This is a pretty major refresh, which clearly indicates that the current generation is about to remain in production for a couple of more years. For the next year, we won’t see any more important novelties. In the best case, we could see a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment, new color options and similar things. This clearly indicates that the 2021 GMC Acadia release date should be scheduled for the last quarter of the next year.

2021 GMC Acadia

2021 GMC Acadia Design

In terms of base design characteristics, we definitely don’t expect to see any changes. The recent refresh has brought a lot of interesting novelties. In terms of exterior design, there is a new front face. You can easily notice that a lot of inspiration has been taken from the new Sierra, as headlights and grille features a similar shape. The rest of the vehicle also received a couple of novelties, while there is also a new version called AT4. This is an off-road-oriented model, so there are several mechanical upgrades, as well as several visual details that accentuate the model’s character. In terms of base design characteristics, things are pretty clear here. The 2021 GMC Acadia will continue to ride on a familiar C1 platform and to share most of the mechanics with models like Chevy Traverse and Blazer.


The interior also came with a couple of novelties. You may notice a couple of styling tweaks but a new infotainment system is by far the most important change we have seen with the recent refresh. There is a new screen, bigger and with better graphics, as well as new software, smartphone integrations and many other novelties. On the other side, the overall cabin layout has remained the same. With about 112 inches in wheelbase, the Acadia is a pretty typical mid-size crossover, so there is a quite spacious cabin. Three rows of seats are standard while the first two are very comfortable, the third one can also accommodate adult passengers. When it comes to the cargo space, you can count on about 13 cubic feet behind rear seats and a total capacity of 79 cubic feet. These are pretty decent numbers for the class.

2021 GMC Acadia rear

Trim Levels

When it comes to trim level organization, you may count on five versions of 2021 GMC Acadia – SL, SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali. None of them is about to come with bigger changes compared to the current 2020 model year.

In the current model, the SL is pretty basic in terms of standard equipment. It does come with a touchscreen interface and all those modern tech goodies, including smartphone integration. Still, it lacks some essentials, particularly in terms of safety features.

Things are a little bit better in the SLE trim, which adds features like satellite radio and selectable traction control modes. Also, you can get more powerful engines.

The SLT is a mid-range option, highlighted by things like leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a power liftgate, remote start, and second-row captain’s chairs.

When it comes to the AT4 model, there is a couple of nice mechanical upgrades. It comes standard with the V6 engine and AWD, while the third row of seats has been removed.

Finally, the Denali trim features not just a full load of standard equipment, but also a bunch of distinctive styling details.

2021 GMC Acadia AT4

2021 GMC Acadia Engines

Under the hood, the 2021 GMC Acadia will carry on with three familiar engine options. Base models will continue with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. There is also a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which features a max output of around 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is a familiar 3.6-liter V6, with around 310 horsepower.

Another thing we should mention is a new 9-speed automatic transmission, which has been introduced recently. Finally, the crossover is also available with all-wheel drive, as we already mentioned.

2021 GMC Acadia Release Date and Price

Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we are pretty sure that the 2021 GMC Acadia will come in a typical time of year, which would mean sometime in the last quarter of 2020. The current model starts at around 29.000 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the future, at least when it comes to base models.

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