2016 GMC Acadia Denali, changes, towing capacity – The Acadia is a full size crossover from GM’s brand, GMC. Unlike many other crossovers on the market, it is actually based on a car platform, meaning it is a uni-body design, so it doesn’t need a dedicated chassis. This saves weight and it makes for a more fuel efficient car than usual. The current model has been released in 2006 and since then it received three different updates which are meant to make it safer as well as better looking. However, times change and the Acadia is no longer up to date with the latest technologies despite GM’s struggle of making it as good as it can be. The next generation, the new GMC Acadia 2016, comes with two new colors (White Frost Tricoat and Ebony Twilight Metallic) and some new features inside the cabin.
2016 GMC Acadia changes
The 2016 GMC Acadia is available in new SL base trim level, SLE (with SLE-1 and LSE-2 trims), LST (with SLT-1 and SLT-2 trims) and Denali trim levels. The general size will remain pretty much the same but everything else is going to be new. Some rumors say that it will get a floating roof effect with a coupe-like arch for the roof. This would make it a bit sportier than GM would want but it would give its customers a really good looking package. The front end could borrow some design notes from the Sierra truck as well as from the older model with a more aggressive and angular approach. At the back the high performance model could even get a sport exhaust as well as a diffuser which would be needed considering the top end engine could provide a maximum top speed of well over 150 MPH. With 2016 model Acadia buyers have two more exterior colors to choose from: Ebony Twilight Metallic and White Frost Tricoat.
Inside the cabin of the 2016 GMC Acadia things are going to be very familiar for people who stepped in the later models from GMC. The dashboard as well as most of the equipment level will be similar to the older model but the infotainment system as well as the color options for the upholstery is going to be all new. All Acadia models comes equipped with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.
New GMC Acadia 2016 price
Unlike the previous model, the new GMC Acadia 2016 one should use a new platform derived from the current Lambda platform. They would likely use more lightweight materials such as aluminum, high strength steel as well as composites to increase its rigidity and make the car lighter. This would also allow for a better fuel consumption as well as much better performance than before. All of these models should be available for sale till the end of this summer, while the price for the base model starts at $34,000 while the top range Denali starts just under $48,000.
2016 GMC Acadia towing capacity
Engine wise, the new 2016 GMC Acadia uses old engine which should allow it to compete with the redesigned Explorer or the upcoming Durango replacement. The base engine is the same 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 but thanks to direct injection and variable valve timing, it delivers 281 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Denali trim level gets power improvement of 7 horsepower and 4 lb-ft of torque more. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models are equipped with Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission. This brings fuel economy of 17/24 mpg (city/hwy) for FWD and 16/23 mpg (city/hwy) for AWD models. When properly equipped, the 2016 GMC Acadia towing capacity is 2,500 pounds (2,364 kg).
There are some rumors that the top of the range model could get an all-new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 which will be a direct competitor for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. This particular engine could make in excess of 400 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque and it could allow the Acadia to become one of the most powerful cars in its class. These two engines would then be mated to a standard all wheel drive system and a new 9-speed automatic which GM co-developed with Ford in order to use it in front wheel drive applications.