• Jun 8, 2006

Alright, so it's just a bit of camouflage... but we're reasonably sure you can fit a five-necked guitar in GMC's upcoming Lambda-platform'd Acadia.

The photogs at KGP recently stumbled upon this tester, which reveals that the Acadia will look decidedly similar to the Saturn Outlook that debuted earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show. That said, it looks as if the GMC will receive a more restrained front end treatment, and as The Car Connection points out, the side looks remarkably similar, save a more traditional d-pillar (the Saturn's is glassed-over). The rear appears to incorporate slightly more complex taillamps and a different bumper cap and exhaust, but from the spy shots, at least, critics are likely to suggest that it's hard to shake the notion that you're looking at a different vehicle. Ain't That a Shame. Regardless, those keeping The Flame alight among brand loyalists are unlikely to Walk Away, and should be rewarded with capable crossover with gobs of space and the promise of a smooth six-speed Hydra-Matic transmission.

(And yes... we're sorry about the whole Cheap Trick thing-- apparently we Can't Stop This Game)

[Sources: The Car Connection; All Music Guide; CheapTrick.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, serious post this time...

      I wish Autoblog readers more often took the middle ground between domestic and import fanboyism. To me, this looks like a borderline beautiful SUV (and I'm hardly an SUV guy). Bob, I doubt you'd be bashing anything this shapely if it wasn't a domestic. And if it drives as well as it looks, it could be a hit.

      And there's something to be said for Andrew's first post, too, which points out that most Toyota/Lexus or Kia/Hyundai offerings don't become the subject of joke posts because of their similar styling (though, considering GM's track record, it's entirely realistic to believe these GM SUVs will share more than the aforementioned "import" sedans/minivans).

      But I think Mr. Paukert was looking for an outlet for Cheap Trick references more than he intended to bash GM. His comments regarding the similarity between this and the Outlook were most likely just a vehicle for inserting more song titles, not an attempt at brand prejudice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't get it. If Buick-Pontiac-GMC are channeled together and Buick is getting its own version of this crossover, then wouldn't that be yet another case of too many vehicles, too many dealers, too many brands?

      Sounds like the GMC and Buick version will be selling against themselves at their own dealerships.

      C'mon GM. Get your act together.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I took a tour of this plant about a month back. According to one of the managers who guided the tour, the only body panels to be shared by the GMC and Saturn versions of this vehicle will be the doors.

      The Buick version will have bodywork only to itself, so it should be quite different from the other two.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Enough already! I Can't Take It!
      Earsell Collier Jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't kill the GENERAL just yet. Let't wait and see what the production models look like before we pull out the guns!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Regardless, those keeping The Flame alight ..."

      http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/cheap+trick/the+flame_20029395.html
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM wants you to want this SUV. GM needs you to need this SUV...
      • 8 Years Ago
      omg...please say they don't share same profiles...good thing Toyota doesn't do that w/ the Lexus ES and the Camry...another f'n worthless jab at GM. Hyundai/Kia have the same van except different f/e clip and r/e styling....why isn't there a post and attempt at humor about that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can you say Chrysler Pacifica? Wow, the Pacifica is getting new headlights and it looks like Chrysler said to GM, "Here, have our sloppy seconds".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually I don't think these two SUV will look anything alike with the different front and rear, it also has molded side panels. It will probably be a really nice looking SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let the GM bashing begin! I almost can't wait for this to come out as I will be looking at crossovers like this one and the Ford Escape at about that time. I know that Ford will most likely not totally redesign the Escape by that time, so I will be looking mostly at this GMC offering. I know (as always) that GMC will make one of, if not the most capable and reliable SUV on the market so I'm not worried.

      Also I do need to say it was coy of AutoBlog to take the time out to poke fun of GM design and the dreaded platform sharing. This is kind of typical though so I guess I should not be surprised.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesnt matter what they do its still a domestic, making it complete and total junk with no resale value
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