Holden SUV get­ting closer

Albany Extra - - News - Ewan Kennedy

The Holden Aca­dia seven-seat SUV isn’t due to go on sale un­til the fi­nal quar­ter of this year, but many are al­ready on the road in Aus­tralia in their fi­nal stages of real-world test­ing.

Two years of Aus­tralian engi­neer­ing in­put to the Aca­dia have al­ready been car­ried out here and in the US, and a 30-car fleet will cover about 1.5 mil­lion kilo­me­tres in the fi­nal stages of de­vel­op­ment.

The real-world test pro­gram is not only to check that Aca­dia drives well on our roads, but also to fine tune fea­tures such as traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion, auto emer­gency brak­ing and lane de­par­ture warn­ing on Aus­tralian road mark­ings and signs.

The Aca­dias will be driven daily on Aus­tralian roads by a wide range of Holden em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies, of dif­fer­ent ages, lo­ca­tions and oc­cu­pa­tions. They will en­counter a huge va­ri­ety of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing tram tracks and gravel roads.

Just as im­por­tantly, they will test typ­i­cal day-to-day prob­lems caused by chil­dren spilling food and drink on seats. And the ease of clean­ing af­ter­wards.

Aca­dia is a large SUV with what Holden de­scribes as, “a touch of Amer­i­can swag­ger”. It’s pow­ered by a 3.6-litre petrol en­gine and will be sold with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

We’ve al­ready had a brief drive of a Holden Aca­dia at the com­pany's Lang Lang prov­ing ground in Vic­to­ria.

Stay tuned for more in­for­ma­tion and drive im­pres­sions. Your lo­cal Holden dealer is Al­bany City Mo­tors 9842 8000.

The new Holden Aca­dia seven-seater SUV has been de­scribed as hav­ing a “touch of Amer­i­can swag­ger”.

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