Spring Hill Manufacturing to produce 2017 GMC Acadia

Spring Hill Manufacturing to produce 2017 GMC Acadia

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On Tuesday, GMC introduced the all-new 2017 Acadia, a redesigned midsize SUV that will be produced at the General Motors Spring Hill assembly facility.

On Tuesday, GMC introduced the all-new 2017 Acadia, a redesigned midsize SUV that will be produced at the General Motors Spring Hill assembly facility.

The new Acadia is slated to go on sale this spring and offers customers a midsize crossover positioned between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon. It is also 700 pounds lighter than the current model, according to a news release.

“GM Spring Hill Manufacturing is proud to begin manufacturing the All-New 2017 GMC Acadia,” said GM Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex Manager Ken Knight in a statement. “The new Acadia will be a great addition to the mid-sized SUV market, which is one of the most popular vehicle segments in the automotive industry. The GMC Acadia joins the Cadillac XT5 as the second vehicle to be produced by GM Spring Hill Manufacturing.”

In August 2014, GM named the Cadillac XT5 as one of two new products to be built at its Spring Hill plant following an announcement that $350 million would be invested in the plant for two future mid-size vehicles. Now the Acadia has been named as the next new midsize vehicle that Spring Hill’s assembly facility will produce as a result of the investment.

It is available with five, six or seven-passenger seating, depending on the model, and front-wheel drive models offer a GM-estimated 28 mpg on the highway and an estimated 22 mpg in the city thanks to a new, standard 2.5L engine. A more powerful and efficient 3.6L V-6 engine is also available, offering 4,000 pounds estimated trailering capability, a GM-estimated 310 horsepower and 25 mpg on the highway.

New features of the 2017 Acadia include a variety of safety upgrades like front pedestrian breaking, surround vision camera and a following distance indicator, in addition to split-folding second-row seating that improves on the original Smart Slide feature of the current model.

“The new Acadia captures a greater feeling of refinement, in everything from the responsive feeling behind the wheel to the way passengers interact with its intuitive features,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for compact and crossover SUVs at General Motors. “It’s a vehicle that offers the functionality Acadia is known for, while delivering big advantages and balance to customers’ everyday lives.”

The vehicle also offers the capability of the curbside seat sliding and tilting forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, while the driver-side section tips and slides forward for easier access to the third row.

In total, there’s 79 cubic feet of cargo room with the 50/50-split third-row seat and second row folded flat. All three rows offer USB charge ports and a new, standard rear-seat alert reminds the driver when an item may have been left in the second and third-row seats.

The 2017 Acadia includes the premium Acadia Denali, along with a new All Terrain model that offers enhanced off-road capability.

The Acadia is coming off of 2015, its strongest sales year ever, with 96,393 deliveries, and the 2017 model will go on sale almost a decade after the original introduction of the Acadia.

From 1990-2007, the Spring Hill plant produced Saturn vehicles like the S-series, VUE and ION. From 2008-2009 the plant produced the Chevrolet Traverse, and in 2012, Spring Hill Manufacturing began production of the Chevrolet Equinox, producing its 100,000th Equinox in February 2015.

Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at quint@springhillhomepage.com.

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