GMC Refreshes the 2020 Acadia, Gives it New Look, Smarter Tech

The new Acadia will be available in SLE, SLT and Denali grades.


Soon after introducing the 2019 Acadia in the Middle East, the GMC Global wing unveiled the 2020 Acadia featuring a new look, smarter tech, a new turbo engine, and updated GMC infotainment system. The new Acadia will be available in SLE, SLT and Denali grades. Additionally, for offroad enthusiasts, the American automaker has updated the AT4 models. The crossover comes in five, six and seven-passenger configurations.

“The 2020 Acadia is stylish, functional and capable with more of the smart convenience and connectivity features that customer rely on every day,” stated Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “And with GMC’s signature refinement at its core, the new Acadia advances the brand’s commitment to offering premium vehicles for discerning crossover customers.”

2020 GMC Acadia AT4

“With technological enhancements at your fingertips and under the hood, the 2020 Acadia is an intelligent crossover that elevates the driving and passenger experiences on all fronts,” said Aldred. “That makes it a smart choice all around.”

The 2020 Acadia makes itself different from its predecessor with a new grille, new front, and rear fascias and GMC’s signature C-shaped lighting. Furthermore, the AT4 distinguishes itself with a black chrome-accented grille and a rugged, off-road-inspired design. The AT4 carries a 3.6L V-6 engine creating 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. It gets a twin-clutch AWD system, exclusive 17-inch wheels, and all-terrain tires as standard. There is also an option of 20-inch wheels.

Other improvements consist of new 18- and 20-inch wheel styles depending on the trim; outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals (power-folding facility regular on Denali and accessible on SLT variant); hands-free power liftgate with GMC logo projection standard on SLT, AT4 and Denali; updated center console with improved storage space; and exclusive Denali interior color pattern with new, open-pore wood decor.

2020 Acadia Denali

GMC has also introduced a new 2.0L turbo engine, which will power the SLT and Denali models. It churns out 230 horsepower (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). Another standard engine option is 2.5L I4. All the engines support stop/start deactivation switch.

Another new to the 2020 Acadia is a nine-speed automatic transmission, which is standard across the range. It replaces the old six-speed automatic, offering better acceleration and reduced engine noise.

To make things roomy on the center console, GMC has now offered Electronic Precision Shift. This electronically controlled gear selection comprises of instinctive push buttons and pull triggers.

One of the biggest changes in 2020 Acadia comes in form of new infotainment system. Featuring an 8-inch diagonal screen, it is cleverer than before offering better voice recognition, a higher resolution touchscreen, and user-friendly interface. The system offers users to create their personal profile by customizing the audio, navigation and climate settings. The user can share their profile with compatible infotainment systems from GM. Moreover, the user can create up to four different profiles.

2020 Acadia AT4 Interior

Some other additions on the 2020 Acadia include next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging, High Definition Rear Vision Camera upgraded to digital (standard on SLT, AT4 or Denali and accessible on SLE), New Rear Camera Mirror accessible on Denali, eBoost brake system standard on variants featuring the 2.0L Turbo engine, and suspension enhancements that improve ride and control.

The 2020 GMC Acadia will hit the roads by the end of this year. GMC will reveal price details closer to the launch.



Type: 2.0L Turbocharged I4 DOHC with direct injection and Active Fuel Management
Bore & Stroke

(in. / mm):

3.26 x 3.63 / 83 x 92.3
Block Material: Cast aluminum
Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder with tripower system
Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with electronic throttle control
(hp / kW @ rpm):
230 / 172 @ 5000 (GMC estimated)
(lb.-ft. / Nm):
258 / 350 @ 1500-4000 (GMC estimated)


Type: 2.5L I-4 DOHC VVT with Direct Injection
Bore & Stroke

(in / mm):

3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101
Block Material: Lost foam cast aluminum
Cylinder Head Material: Lost foam cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC iVLC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Fuel Delivery: High-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
(hp / kW @ rpm):
193 / 143 @ 6300 (SAE certified)
(lb.-ft. / Nm):
188 / 255 @ 4400 (SAE certified)


Type: 3.6L V-6 DOHC VVT with Direct Injection
Bore & Stroke

(in / mm):

3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8
Block Material: Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing
Fuel Delivery: Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control
(hp / kW @ rpm):
310 / 231 @ 6600 (est.)
(lb.-ft. / Nm):
271 / 373 @ 5000 (est.)



Type: Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic
Gear Ratios (:1) 9T65
     First 4.69
     Second 3.31
     Third 3.01
     Fourth 2.44
     Fifth 1.92
     Sixth 1.44
     Seventh 1.00
     Eighth 0.75
     Ninth 0.62
     Reverse 2.96



Front Suspension: MacPherson strut with direct-acting stabilizer bar; CDC real-time damping avail. on Denali
Rear Suspension: Five-link independent; coil springs with stabilizer bar; CDC real-time damping avail. on Denali
Steering Type: Electric variable-effort power steering with Active Return Assist
Turning Circle
(ft. / m):
38.7 / 11.8
Brake Type: Four-wheel-disc, variable brake system with power assist; Duralife brake rotors and low-drag brake calipers
Brake Rotor Size       (in / mm): Front: 12.6 x 1.9 / 321 x 30
Rear: 12.4 x 0.9 / 315 x 23
Wheel Size: 17-in. aluminum

18-in. aluminum

20-in. aluminum

Tire Size: P245/65R17 all-season

P255/65R17 all-terrain
P235/65R18 all-season
P235/55R20 all-season



(in. / mm):
112.5 / 2858
Overall Length
(in. / mm):
193.6 / 4917
Overall Width
(in. / mm):
75.4 / 1915
Overall Height
(in. / mm):
66 / 1676 (w/o luggage rack)
Track (in. mm): 64.5 / 1638 (front)

64.5 / 1638 (rear)

Ground Clearance    (in. / mm): 7.2 / 183




(in / mm):

Front: 40.3 / 1024 (without sunroof)

2nd row: 39.6 / 1006 (without sunroof)

3rd row: 37.2 / 945 (without sunroof)


(in. / mm):

Front: 41 / 1041

2nd row: 39.7 / 1008

3rd row: 31.1 / 790

Shoulder Room         (in. / mm): Front: 59.4 / 1509

2nd row: 58.7 / 1491

3rd row: 54.3 / 1379

Hip Room                 (in. / mm): Front: 55.7 / 1415

2nd row: 53.3 / 1354

3rd row: 42.9 / 1090



Curb Weight

(lb. / kg):

3956 / 1794 (2.5L – FWD)
EPA passenger volume (cu. ft. / L): 143.8 / 4072
Cargo Volume

Behind First Row

(cu. ft. / L)^:

79 / 2237
Cargo Volume

Behind Second Row (cu. ft. / L)^:

41.7 / 1181
Cargo Volume

Behind Third Row

(cu. ft. / L)^:

12.8 / 362
Trailering Capacity

(lb. / kg)±:

4000 / 1814 (3.6L with trailering pkg.)

1000 / 454 (2.5L)

TBD (2.0L)

^ Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. ±Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual.



19 gal. / 72 liters (FWD)
22 gal. / 83 liters (AWD)


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