Holden's all-new Acadia
Holden has revealed more details about the all-new Acadia - due to launch in New Zealand in November.
The all-new Acadia is driven by a powerful V6 engine and smooth nine-speed automatic transmission. The V6 features active fuel management, a variable displacement oil pump and variable valve timing – a combination that Holden believes produces a highly efficient and flexible powertrain equally at ease in city traffic or on the open road.
Acadia has a front-drive layout with an all-wheel-drive version available. Standard across the range is a new, traction select system, which allows the driver to alter chassis and powertrain attributes to suit a variety of driving conditions.
Front-drive models offer normal (2x4), snow, sport and trailer/tow modes, while all-wheel-drive models offer 2x4, 4x4, sport, off-road and trailer/tow modes.
Additional chassis and driving dynamics features include five-link rear suspension, rack-mounted electric power steering system and four-wheel disc brakes.
A genuine seven-seater, the Acadia is configured for maximum comfort and flexibility. The rear two rows of seats can be folded flat for maximum cargo capacity if required, while the centre row is adjustable front to rear so the ideal legroom can be achieved for varying passenger groups.
In a first for Holden, the new Acadia will feature intelligent speed assist with traffic sign recognition, all carefully calibrated to local condition by Holden engineers. Other tech features include active trailer assist and the inclusion of bicycles in the pedestrian detection system.
“The level of technology across the range is compelling,” said Marc Ebolo, managing director of Holden New Zealand, pictured above on the left.
“Whether we are talking safety, convenience or infotainment, Acadia has the most complete technology package Holden has ever offered.”
The Acadia’s standard equipment list includes keyless access and push-button start, eight-inch colour display, Apple Car Play and Android Auto six-speaker audio system, interior pockets for tech-devices, three-zone automatic climate control, USB ports in all three rows, navigation and a rear-vision camera.
Safety is also built right into the Acadia. Standard equipment includes a full suite of active safety features across the range designed to help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and potential crash situations.
They include autonomous emergency braking, following distance indicator, automatic high beam assist, safety seat alert, forward collision alert with a head-up warning, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert with rear cross traffic alert and rear parking assist.
Acadia’s exterior comes with wraparound headlamps, LED tail lamps and daytime running lights, dual-panel sunroof, 20-inch alloys and a power, hands-free liftgate.
Full specifications and pricing will be released closer to launch.