DETROIT -- The GMC Acadia large crossover that has been on sale for nearly a decade will stick around awhile longer, even after the next-generation 2017 model arrives in showrooms this spring.
GMC will sell both models to retail customers for a limited time, General Motors spokesman Brian Goebel confirmed, without discussing a timetable.
The older Acadia will be sold as the Acadia Limited for the 2017 model year.
The decision was largely a manufacturing one. Production of the new Acadia will be in Spring Hill, Tenn., rather than at the GM plant in Lansing, Mich., where the current Acadia is built alongside its platform siblings, the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse. The next-generation Enclave and Traverse will be built in Lansing but aren't expected to go on sale until mid-2017.
GM wants to keep a full production schedule at the Lansing plant until another product can fill the Acadia's void.
"Given the fact that those sister vehicles will continue their production, the current Acadia will continue to be built to offer another option for our customers," Goebel said.
That will allow shoppers a side-by-side comparison of the older Acadia and the shrunken 2017 model, which steps down to the midsize segment. It will be more than 7 inches shorter and convert to a five-, six- or seven-passenger layout.
The next-generation Enclave and Traverse are expected to be built on long-wheelbase versions of the new Acadia's platform.