General Motors has reportedly announced the previous-generation GMC Acadia will not be ceasing production in the near future, and will live on alongside the all new generation that will reach dealerships this spring.
According to General Motors spokesman Brian Goebel the two generations will coexist for a period of time, calling it limited but without actually giving a specific timeframe. So, the previous generation Acadia will remain on sale for the 2017 model year at least as the Acadia Limited and will continue to be assembled at GM’s factory in Lansing, Michigan where the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave are also produced. It looks like the past Acadia will still be produced because the company wants to keep the full production scheduled unchanged at the Lansing assembly facility until a replacement will be there to fill the available production capacity. This is also not the first time the automaker uses this scheme – or the first one to do so – as in Europe the Opel brand for example maintained different generations of the Astra compact in production in order to capture even more sales.
The all-new Acadia will be produced in Spring Hill, Tennessee and has been scheduled to reach the US market starting this spring with pricing starting at $29,995. The new generation has shed 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) off the previous model and is a tad smaller, with 7.2 inches (18.2 centimeters) shorter and 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) narrower. It also eschews the eight-seat arrangement and can only be had in five, six or seven seat layouts.