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New GMC Acadia has wider, longer stance and has hands-free driving tech baked in

More features, and hands-free

2024 GMC Acadia AT4
Pack shot of the all-new GMC Acadia, including the 2024 Acadia AT4 (front) and Acadia Denali (back). GMC / GMC Pressroom
Lately, it seems as though electric cars, specifically Tesla, are the headlining topic for all things automotive.  Whether it is the novel gullwing doors, the video game-style steering wheel, or its self-driving feature, the enigmatic electric carmaker has hoarded the spotlight long enough because the all-new 2024 GMC Acadia is here and deserves plenty of attention. While it doesn’t specifically target the Model Y like some other vehicles, the new GMC Acadia brings a compelling mixture of ruggedness and refinement that will be hard for any SUV to match.
Wide angle side profile of the 2024 GMC Acadia AT4. Image used with permission by copyright holder

The 2024 GMC Acadia is nearly a foot longer than its predecessor

Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2024 version of the Acadia brings a (literally) sizeable difference compared to the current model, measuring 10.6 inches longer and 3.2 inches taller. That kind of expansion translates into room for up to eight passengers, offering 36% more space behind the second row and a whopping 80% more room beyond the third row than its predecessor. And while nearly a foot longer, the latest Acadia does not appear abnormally larger than the current version from any angle but conveys a bigger persona.
Ben Zavala, design lead for the GMC Acadia, said, “For this generation, our mission was to reimagine the design and the proportions of the Acadia to create a bolder, more commanding presence, firmly in the vein of the evolving GMC portfolio.”
View of available Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology engaged in the 2024 GMC Acadia Denali. Preproduction model shown. Actual production model may vary. Available starting early 2024. Image used with permission by copyright holder

Super Cruise is the industry’s first true hands-free driving system

Aside from the more powerful-looking exterior, the 2024 Acadia also brings a stellar new feature that promises to change the way owners drive, or rather, not drive, their GMC truck forever. Super Cruise is the latest in roadgoing technology, offering the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance system. With more than 400,000 miles of available roadway in its database, Super Cruise utilizes real-time cameras, sensors, GPS, and LiDAR to detect curves, Lane Change on Demand, and Automatic Lane Change. Complementing this new and exciting driving component are 15 safety features that come standard, including Traffic Sign Recognition, Front Pedestrian and Bicycle Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Side Bicyclist Alert.
2024 GMC Acadia interior
View of AT4 interior featuring the all-new 2024 GMC Acadia dashboard with 15-inch portrait-oriented screen, 11-inch driver information cluster and Super Cruise equipped steering wheel. GMC Pressroom

The GMC Acadia features a 15-inch touchscreen

The interior of the 2024 GMC Acadia is also all-new. The driver gets treated to a big 11-inch diagonal digital display, while a vast 15-inch centrally-mounted infotainment touchscreen dominates the cabin with an available high-contrast display and Google built-in compatibility. The premium Denali trim also brings a Bose sound system that features active noise canceling and up to 16 speakers to allow it to compete with even the most expensive SUV interiors available today.
Rear 3/4 shot of the off-road oriented 2024 GMC Acadia AT4. Image used with permission by copyright holder

The 2024 Acadia: 328 hp and 326 lb-ft of torque

While anyone with the good fortune to drive the previous Acadia equipped with its 3.6-liter V6, which made 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, would never complain about it lacking thrust, GMC decided to improve things nonetheless. All trims of the new generation are now powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes an even more impressive 328 hp and 326 lb-ft. All of that muscle gets funneled through an eight-speed automatic transmission and onto either the front wheels (standard) or, optionally, to all four corners. An exclusive Active Torque AWD system is available for the AT4 trim, and when properly equipped, the Acadia can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
As design lead Ben Zavala said, “With its assertive, powerful stance, the 2024 Acadia evokes a truck-inspired persona, infused with the brand’s signature premium feel.”
So, while there are plenty of other sport-utility vehicles out there that are clamoring for your attention, the 2024 GMC Acadia is here to prove that you don’t need weird doors or a funky steering wheel to be an exciting premium SUV.

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