Acadia head of seven-seater class
Holden’s new seven-seater we first saw at Fieldays has finally arrived — and I drove the top of the range Holden Acadia LTZ-V now available at Rosetown Holden.
For its trip ‘down under’ the Acadia trades the GMC initials across its grille for a Holden lion emblem and chrome wings while Holden has pushed through some Australasiaspecific upgrades, most notably the addition of GM's latest nine-speed automatic transmission.
Acadia has a strong visual appeal with obvious North American styling themes and dimensions.
Holden has been aggressive with Acadia pricing. The entry level frontwheel-drive LT model opens the lineup under $50K, with a $4000 premium for the all-wheel-drive LT while the flagship LTZ-V model with all-wheel-drive tops the range at $71,990. Between the two is a midgrade LTZ specification.
All Acadia models run the 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine we have grown used to from the Commodore.
The direct injection engine has variable valve timing and fuel-saving Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation that allows it to run as a four-cylinder at light load. It also has stop-start technology.
The smooth shifting nine-speed automatic is specific to the Holden badged models — and it is a beauty.
This is a big car — but it has plenty of get-up-and-go and economy is around the 9L/100km mark.
Ride comfort is a bit typically American, but there are other settings to give it a sportier ride,
All Acadia models are seven seaters with second row seating that can be adjusted front-to-rear to vary the third row legroom. There is a onetouch release to fold the rear seats and the second and third rows can be folded flat for extended cargo capacity.
Acadia has a 2000kg braked towing capacity and a Holden-first is the new specially calibrated transmission mode for towing work.
Safety rates high on the Acadia's credentials with the standard Holden Eye safety package comprising Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, Following Distance Indicator, Lateral Impact Avoidance, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition with Intelligent Speed Assist.
The 8.0-inch touchscreen colour display provides satellite navigation as standard with Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity as standard equipment.
My flagship Acadia LTZ-V runs of beautiful 20-inch alloy wheels, has a dual panel sunroof and LED bifunction headlights.
Inside there are ventilated front seats and 10-way power adjustable passenger seat, memory function for the driver's seat and it gets a 360-degree camera system, 8.0-inch colour instrument display and gains an eight-speaker Bose Premium Audio system.
The camera system is great for such a big car — you have multiple views to choose so you know exactly where you are in tight situations.