Holden Aca­dia get­ting closer

Alpine Observer - - Northeast Motor Guide - By EWAN KENNEDY

THE new Holden seven-seat Aca­dia is due to ar­rive in Aus­tralia mid­way through Oc­to­ber. Pow­ered by the lat­est it­er­a­tion of the renowned 3.6-litre V6 en­gine that drives through a nine-speed au­to­matic, it will be of­fered in both 2WD (the front wheels) and 4WD ver­sions.

Holden’ engi­neers and tech­ni­cians were in­volved in the de­sign through­out Aca­dia’s devel­op­ment and tens of thou­sands of road test­ing hours was done in this coun­try.

Though not aimed at full-on of­froad driv­ing the big Holden SUV has a Trac­tion Select Sys­tem which al­lows the driver to al­ter chas­sis and pow­er­train at­tributes to suit a va­ri­ety of driv­ing con­di­tions. Front­drive mod­els of­fer Nor­mal (2x4), Snow, Sport and Trailer/ Tow modes, while AWD mod­els of­fer 2x4 (AWD dis­con­nect), 4x4, Sport, Off Road and Trailer/ Tow modes.

This big Holden is a very ver­sa­tile ve­hi­cle on the in­side. The rear two rows of seats can be folded flat and the cen­tre row is ad­justable front to rear to let oc­cu­pants jug­gle legroom to suit their needs.

In­fo­tain­ment is viewed through an 8.0inch colour dis­play. There’s Ap­ple Car Play and An­droid Auto, a six-speaker au­dio sys­tem. Squab­bles over charg­ing should be min­imised as Holden has been smart in fit­ting USB ports in all three rows.

Stan­dard in the Aca­dia is 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, lane de­par­ture warn­ing with lane keep as­sist, blind spot alert that in­cludes rear cross traf­fic alert, and rear park­ing as­sist.

New Holden Aca­dia is al­ready be­ing man­u­fac­tured at Gen­eral Mo­tors’ Spring Hill fac­tory in Ten­nessee, with ini­tial ship­ments prob­a­bly on their way as we type this.

We have been in­vited to the me­dia launch of Holden Aca­dia in mid Oc­to­ber and will come back to you with full specs and ini­tial driv­ing im­pres­sions im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards.

FIRST GLANCE: Bold, some­what Amer­i­can styling, of the new Holden Aca­dia.

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