Holden boss promises stunning SUV array
HOLDEN will launch 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.
The Acadia is coming to Australia after the Holden factory falls 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 (above) 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, outside the US, a diesel.
It will join the line-up above the Captiva, also due for replacement, so the likely starting price will be about $45,000 stretching to $60,000 for luxury versions.
Alongside the US-sourced Acadia, Holden also has revealed the all-new Astra hatch, Barina small car, Trax small SUV and Trailblazer fullsize SUV to represent the next wave in Holden’s ongoing product revolution, with a particular focus on SUVs.
Holden chairman and managing director Mark Bernhard said Holden would deliver on its commitment to deliver 24 new models by 2020.
“I’m excited to reveal details around our SUV strategy, headlined by the Acadia.
“Alongside Trax, Trailblazer and another global SUV that we’ll add to our portfolio soon, Holden will introduce four new SUVs by 2018.
“This puts us in a great position in the fastest-growing segment of the market.”