DETROIT — The GMC Acadia is getting roomier.
After shrinking for the current generation, the three-row Acadia returns for the 2024 model year to the larger footprint it once shared with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave.
Acadia production is moving from Spring Hill, Tenn., back to Lansing, Mich., rejoining the Traverse and Enclave. The third-generation crossover is expected to go on sale early next year.
GMC unveiled the redesigned Acadia on Wednesday at the Detroit auto show, the same venue where it showed off the current version in 2016. At the time, brand leaders said taking the Acadia down in size better positioned it in the “heart” of the crossover segment, but consumers found the third row to be too tight.
“We heard it loud and clear from customers and from the dealers,” Duncan Aldred, vice president of global Buick-GMC, told reporters. “It really became apparent that customers see just a lot more value in the size. So if you’re offering that vehicle in this segment for a similar price but you’re offering extra space, the value equation just gets so much better.”
GMC didn’t disclose pricing for the 2024 Acadia. The nameplate currently starts at $38,195 including shipping.
Since the Acadia’s last redesign, the three-row crossover segment has become increasingly competitive with the arrival of the Kia Telluride, Volkswagen Atlas, Hyundai Palisade and Subaru Ascent.
U.S. sales of the Acadia surged 63 percent in the first half of 2023 but declined in four of the five previous years. The Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer each outsell it nearly 3-to-1.
The 2024 Acadia was conceived to be bolder and bigger, said Jeff MacDonald, the vehicle’s chief engineer.
It’s 10.6 inches longer and 3.2 inches taller than the outgoing model, with an 8.4-inch-larger wheelbase. Buyers can get an extra inch of ride height with the AT4 off-road trim level.
GMC said the proportions increase legroom and cargo space, allowing for nearly 80 percent more storage behind the third row. The Acadia will seat as many as eight people, up from seven today.
All trim levels — Denali, AT4, Elevation Premium and Elevation — are powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that generates 328 hp and 326 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Those specs compare with 228 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque for the current base engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and also top those of the optional 3.6-liter V-6.
All-wheel drive is available for the Acadia, with the AT4 trim level employing an off-road-specific Active Torque Control system. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.