• Apr 6, 2006

Spy shooter Brenda Priddy has struck again! The Detroit News is sporting these spy shots of the GMC Acadia, one of the many crossover vehicles to come out of GM's various stables. The Lambda platform upon which it sits will also host the Saturn Outlook and Buick Enclave, which will be launched later this year with the Acadia and early 2007, respectively. No word yet on the powerplants, but GM execs say that the platform can accommodate GM's V6 and V8 engine.

[Source: Detroit News]



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      • 8 Years Ago

      Does the www.NISSAN.com site say that Nissan is going to sell a version of these to replace the repair-prone Armada?

      http://www.nissan.com

      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, what's selling now for GM is the Impala, and Cobalt. People don't need (or generally want) large SUVs. The "I have two kids so I need seating for seven" trend is over.

      • 8 Years Ago

      Wow - this so fits a vacuum in the market!
      Way to go guys!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am all for platform sharing, but GM has so many divisions sharing various platforms it ends up being more badge engineering than actual platform sharing. While we have not seen the full production version of the Enclave, Acadia, and Outlook, if its like other GM shared platforms, they will have slightly different exteriors with identical interiors. For example, the center stack of the newer Chevy and Buicks....identical.

      I am certain the domestic faithful here will say "but Toyota and Honda share platforms too." However, the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX (essentially the same vehicle) have completely different looking exteriors and interiors. Same goes for the the platform twins RX350 and Highlander. At least they justify the price premium for the upscale brand.

      Maybe GM will realize they need to stop having their various divisions compete with each other, and make UNIQUE vehicles to differentiate each brand, when Toyota passes them up in a few years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks to me like the Buick and GMC versions are going to look quite different from each other. That is good news. I rather like the looks of the Buick Enclave.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks better than a Pilot or Highlander. GM does need a large car-based SUV, as such a vehicle will be larger inside than a TrailBlazer, ride and handle better, and get better fuel economy. If the powertrain performance, chassis, and interior packaging are good, then it will actually fill a hole in the market.

      The only truly comparable vehicles right now are the Chrysler Pacifica and Ford Freestyle. The Pacific isn't packaged well and weighs too much to perform well. The Freestyle is packaged well but the interior is overly spartan and the engine is too small to perform well.

      My reviews:

      Pacifica: http://www.epinions.com/content_106095611524

      Freestyle: http://www.epinions.com/content_157001027204

      I agree that domestic vehicles could be better. But many people here vastly overstate the differences between mahy of them and the competition. Have people actually driven these cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Transverse 90 degree V engines [8]
      Doesn't anyone at GM remember the dustbuster minivans.

      Or will they actually use a longitudinal installation. that might work.
      See Cadillac SRX
      • 8 Years Ago
      btw, we already know what the Acadia's cousin, the Buick Enclave, is going to look like:

      http://www.duemotori.com/racingnews/autoimg_queue/6815.jpg

      The concept, not surprisingly, was much more distinctive:

      http://common.weblogsinc.com/common/images/3060000000051424.JPG?0.9715740694849505
      • 8 Years Ago
      The concept cars they're based upon look unique, but did anyone really think they'd follow them to a tee? Anybody who thought that second Buick concept would have ever been built is looney. No headroom and no outward visibility...all for a hot design? Not even GM is that dumb.

      You can fault them for building one that 'looks like every other SUV/crossover', but I've seen more Pacificas and Freestyles than I have B9 Tribecas.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have only 2 things to say:

      #1 - Because you can tell under all the body cladding?? I wish I had your X-Ray vision, because I would really like to see what kinda lines that puppy has.

      And to everyone else...Whats selling for GM right now is trucks and SUV's, so if its working for them and its gonna make more money why the heck not?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's not like the 'Daewoo Arcadia' sold in Korea that had the remarkable resemblance to the 2 gen 4 door Legend?
      • 8 Years Ago
      As to the platform sharing, it's two completely different stories comparing Toyota/Lexus, VW/Audi, and Honda/Acura.

      The Toyota, VW, and Honda brands 'share' platforms across two distinct nameplates. A luxury tag and a 'normal' brand.

      GM on the other hand, uses the same platform for Saturn/GMC/Chevy/Buick/Cadillac/Oldsmobile/Pontiac/Hummer. And most of the time, you'd be hard-pressed to find any differences between them.

      I'm all for 'choice' but do we really need 8 almost identical cars with different branding?



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