Reskinned Acadia gets new transmission, airbag system
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DETROIT -- General Motors today revealed a reskinned GMC Acadia, aiming to extend the success of the popular crossover.
By the time GM launches the 2013 Acadia late this year, it will have been five years since the model debuted as the first of three large crossovers based on GM's Lambda platform. Acadia sales have continued to rise despite the model's age, hitting a record 79,288 last year, up 16 percent from 2010.
The 2013 Acadia has LED running lamps standard on all models. Wraparound rear glass and a rear spoiler also are new, GM said in a statement.
It keeps the same 3.6-liter V-6 engine but will get a new-generation Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission, which GM says will deliver better shift response.
The interior gets more soft-touch materials, stitching and red ambient light flowing across the dashboard. It will include GM's new IntelliLink infotainment system, which allows for integration of smartphones for streaming of music from online service such as Pandora.
The 2013 Acadia also will be the first to feature GM's new front-center airbag, which deploys from the inboard side of the driver's seat and between the driver and front passenger. The airbag, which GM says will be a first in the industry, is meant to avoid casualties and deaths from far-side-impact crashes.
The Acadia's platform sibling, the Buick Enclave, also is expected to get a reskin for the 2013 model year, although GM has not confirmed those plans.
An upgrade of GM's third Lambda-based crossover, the Chevrolet Traverse, is likely further out. It debuted in late 2008, two years after the Acadia.
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