Make way for Acadia
HOLDEN will launch — literally — its biggest attack yet on the family SUV market with a giant of the US auto industry heading here for the first time.
The GMC Acadia — a fullsize seven-seat SUV made in North America — is coming to capitalise on the departure of the arch rival Ford Territory and bridge the gap to luxury SUVs, which continue to post record sales.
At a top secret meeting in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Holden told its national network of dealers the Acadia was coming to Australia about the same time as the Holden factory will fall silent in late 2017.
It is one of 24 new imported models due to fill Holden showrooms by 2020.
The Holden badge will replace the GMC logo on the large chrome grille but the model name is likely to stay.
The Acadia will be available with the latest technology including pedestrian detection with automatic emergency braking, 360-degree “bird’s-eye view” cameras, lane-keeping assistance, intelligent highbeam LED lamps, and forward collision warning.
Engine options are tipped to be four-cylinder and V6 petrol and, for markets outside the US, a diesel.
Holden dealers were told the Acadia is the first of many previously US-only vehicles developed for the global market since GM ended bankruptcy and paid back its bailout debt to the US government.
Price is yet to be announced. Holden refused to comment when asked about the Acadia this week but Carsguide understands it will join the lineup above the Captiva, itself overdue for replacement, so the likely starting price will be about $45,000 stretching to $60,000 for luxury versions.
The Acadia will join the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder seven-seat SUVs which are also made in the US and take advantage of a freetrade deal with North America.
As the Toyota and Nissan are petrol-only propositions, the Acadia’s diesel option will give it better standing among top-end SUVs, where diesels dominate.
The latest Acadia, based on new global GM underpinnings, was unveiled at last month’s Detroit motor show and is due in US showrooms in the second half of this year. Right-hand drive models are expected to go into production mid next year.
Meanwhile, Ford’s Territory goes out of production with the Falcon in October. Australian boss Graeme Whickman says an announcement about the successor to the SUV will be made later in the year.