The 2020 GMC Acadia has arrived with an all-new AT4 trim for off-road enthusiasts.
GMC continues to roll out their AT4 sub-brand across their entire fleet of trucks and SUVs, and now the 2020 Acadia is in for the same treatment. It joins the SLE, SLT, and Denali trims as the Acadia’s more rugged and outdoorsy cousin.
Under the hood is the previous range-topping engine, the old 3.6-L V6 with 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. Along with 310 horses, the AT4 trim gets a new twin-clutch AWD system and a unique set of black-painted 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. A set of 20-inch wheels are available as well for a little more road presence.
However, the AT4 remains a step below the range-topping Denali trim, which gets an all-new power source for 2020. That being a 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That’s strangely less than the 2.0-L turbo-four in the GMC Traverse, which enjoys 252 hp and 260 lb-ft.
But no matter--power isn’t everything in luxury SUVs. Sometimes fuel economy is more of a concern, in which case the 2020 Acadia enjoys an advantage thanks cylinder deactivation for highway driving
The 2.0-L engine is found standard in both Denali and SLT trims, while the base SLE makes do with the old 2.5-L 4-cylinder with 193 hp and 188 lb-ft.
All Acadias come equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission, but the 2020 model ditches the shifter in favor of a set of buttons and knobs that select the drive mode and terrains. It’s extremely disconcerting if you’re not prepared for it, but it does give the Acadia plenty of space for cup holders.
On the inside, a pair of new USB-C plugs will keep the Acadia up with the current generation of smartphones, while the 8-inch infotainment gets a new navigation interface to make getting around town easier. A rearview camera mirror is only available on the Denali, but wireless charging can be had on all trims for an additional fee.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’ll get to see the Acadia hit dealers later this fall.