2021 GMC Acadia Changes – AT4 and Denali Models

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The new facelifted Acadia crossover SUV is out. Significant changes include interior and exterior updates. This model will also get the all-new AT4 off-road package. Under the hood, there is a 2.0-liter turbo engine. Options from the current offer remain the part of the lineup (naturally-aspirated four-pot and V6). So, there is not too much left for the next season and the 2021 GMC Acadia.

There are some rumors about seating capacity and new configurations, which we will try to explain. Also, the top of the class Denali model could bring more excitement, according to speculations. Finally, we can hear a chat about the new model in the GMC lineup. It will be larger than the 2021 Acadia, but smaller than Yukon.

2021 GMC Acadia Denali


The 2021 GMC Acadia is going to offer five packages with different options. An entry-level model, SE, comes exclusively with a 2.4-liter engine. The SLE trim adds a 3.6-liter V6the as the optional drivetrain. A 2.4 is replaced with a turbo-four unit for the SLT model. Denali and AT4 are using the power produced by the V6 engine.

2021 GMC Acadia AT4

The biggest addition for the upcoming 2020 Acadia is an off-road AT4 trim. Available only with a V6 engine, this version will come with higher ground clearance and a few other updates. The exterior refresh is making it more aggressive. Also, comfort is boosted with extra equipment.

The 2021 GMC Acadia AT4 is coming with the cloth upholstery. Leather seats are an optional upgrade. By default, the new trim level comes with capacity for five passengers. Also, if you want, you can add a third row. In case you need more space, the captain’s chairs replace a bench in the middle row.

More serious upgrades are under the hood. The V6 is optional for most of the lineup. For the AT4, it is standard. However, the rest of the system includes twin-clutch all-wheel drive and traction select function. The AT4 comes with all-terrain tires wrapping 17-inch wheels. The cargo management system is part of the package if you choose a two-row SUV.

2021 GMC Acadia at4

2021 GMC Acadia Denali

The top of the class model is 2021 GMC Acadia Denali. We can call it a premium SUV since its price starts just under $50,000. For this amount of money, we can purchase some of the luxurious mid-size SUVs, for example, GM’s Cadillac XT5. However, the Denali badge will add 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated seats and steering wheel, and driver memory package. Wireless charging is another cool addition. At the center of the dashboard is an 8-inch touchscreen display with GMC infotainment. Premium audio (Bose) and navigation are parts of the 2021 Acadia Denali package. The driver alert suite includes a lot of safety features, such as automatic braking, park assist, forward collision alert…

Seating Capacity

The new 2021 GMC Acadia will be a five-seater by default. Optionally, some trim levels are available with the third row, while another option is captain’s chairs for the middle row. According to some rumors, the new Acadia might be only available with five spots. The vehicle was downsized for the latest generation, leaving the larger gap between the mid- and full-size segment (Yukon). Sources are speculating about the new vehicle which will take this spot in the future. It has sense since the market is growing and companies are launching more and more sub-class models. Well, this is just a rumor, without real foundations and sources to confirm gossips.

2021 GMC Acadia turbo engine

2021 GMC Acadia MSRP Price

The base price for the 2021 GMC Acadia is just under $30,000, without a destination. Of course, this is a version with an inline-four engine. If you want a V6, you will have to pay at least $36,000 (SLE package). The turbocharged engine, with required upgrades, will increase the MSRP over $40k. The new Acadia AT4 becomes the second most-expensive model, and the only trim that costs more is Denali.

The new model for the 2020 season will have some time to show off. The 2021 Acadia will appear late next year. When it enters the market, there will be a new Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander. Its Chevy sibling is Traverse. Denali trim can compete with entry-level versions of Lincoln Aviator and Lexus RX 350.

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